We are pleased to present the four ELIME-21 Fellows. These students have demonstrated strong backgrounds and interests in the Middle East and North Africa as well as library and information science.
Sumayya Ahmed received her B.A. in Sociology and African American Studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in 1998. While at Wesleyan she began her study of the Arabic language and North Africa during a semester abroad in Morocco. Her interest in the language, culture and literary productions of North Africa and the Middle East led her to pursue an M.A. from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University (2006). While completing her M.A. she also spent time studying Arabic at the University of Qatar at Doha. In 2007 she was awarded a US Fulbright Research grant to carry out research on female religious scholarship in modern Morocco.
Sumayya’ s research interests focus on the digitization of Islamic and Arabic manuscripts in North Africa, both social and technical issues and the access to information in authoritarian societies.
Amanda Click received her BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2003, and her MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008. She has been working at The American University in Cairo as an Instruction and Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction since September 2008. Amanda’s research interests include instruction training for librarians, assessment of teaching, and information literacy in the Middle East.
Jacob holds a B.A. in history from the University of Nevada, Reno, MS Information Science from NC Central University, and studied Arabic and Persian at UNC-Chapel Hill prior to becoming an ELIME-21 Fellow. He is interested in digital humanities, digital libraries, and Arabic language search technology.
John holds a BA in Latin (2006) and an MA in Islamic studies/Arabic studies from American University Cairo (2012). Prior to becoming an ELIME-21 Fellow, he spent several years living and studying in Egypt. He worked for the American University in Cairo library on several projects including the Regional Architectural Archive (2010) and the University on the Square Project (2011). John also worked as an IT consultant with the American Research Center in Egypt for the Registration, Collections Management, and Documentation Dept. (RCMDD) training program at the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities. His research interests include Computation and the Humanities, Technology Use and Adoption, Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) Education, and Digital Humanities in the Muslim World.