Chloe Bordewich is a PhD student in History and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. She has a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Cairo, Egypt, from 2012-13. Before coming to Harvard, she worked on election observation and international human rights law for the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She likes cats, ephemera, and old Arab movie posters.

This blog focuses on the stories behind academic research: the people, places, and chance adventures that shape what we study and how we write about it but rarely make it past the acknowledgments page.