Ayah Abo-Basha

HIA Program:

United-states United States 2015


Ayah Abo-Basha graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Anthropology and Political Science. Her previous research on Egyptian diaspora engagement as well as Muslims for Ferguson focused on the ways in which transnational identities shape transnational social movements. She is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar, a Gephardt Institute for Public Service Civic Scholar and a Gephardt Social Change Grant alumna. As a student, she co-founded a cultural advocacy group called WashU Foreign Policy Engagement. She also worked abroad in Cairo where she established a schoolroom at the Children’s Cancer Hospital of Egypt. Upon returning to the US, she joined Ashoka Innovators for the Public in Washington D.C. to strengthen diaspora connections between public health activists in the Middle East and the US. She currently mentors a group of Oklahoma Students in Solidarity, which she co-founded in her home state with other student activists.