Zena Agha is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Her areas of expertise include climate change and Palestinian adaptive capabilities, Israeli spatial practices, colonial cartography, and US foreign policy in Palestine-Israel. 

Zena previously served as the US Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka: the Palestinian Policy Network based in New York. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships including the Library Innovation Lab at the Harvard Law School and the Asian American Writer’s Workshop. She was awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to complete her Masters at Harvard University.

Zena’s writing has appeared in several international publications including The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Nation, The Independent and Foreign Affairs and her media credits include the BBC World Service, Voice of America, and BBC Arabic. 

M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University (Kennedy Scholar) (USA)
B.A., History and Politics, Warwick University, (UK)

Regions of Expertise

Issues of Experience
Climate change and Palestinian adaptive capabilities, Israeli spatial practices, satellite imagery over Palestine-Israel, British and Zionist colonial cartography, Palestinian counter-mapping efforts, US and UK foreign policy in Palestine-Israel.

English, Arabic

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s communications officer, Elliott Sanders, at emsanders@mei.edu or 202-785-1141 ext. 2503 for assistance contacting this expert.

Twitter Handle: @Zena_Agha

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