Melissa completed her MPhil at the University of Cambridge in Middle Eastern Studies in 2016. Her dissertation, "Remaking Childhood: Humanitarianism and Growing Up Syrian in Za'atari Refugee Camp", focused on notions of childhood and Syrianness that result from interactions between children and NGOs in Jordan's largest refugee camp. Melissa holds a BA from the University of Chicago in International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Human Rights.
Subject groups/Research projects
Refugees and displacement, identity politics, and nationalism and national memory in the Arab world.