Born and raised in Egypt, Laila is a second-year student at Brown concentrating in Economics. Inspired by what she saw during the Arab Spring, Laila began her own oral history archive of witness testimonies in 2017. At Brown, she has played multiple roles in the international affairs community. As an editor at the Brown Journal of World Affairs, she is currently leading a section on global statelessness. She is an active member of the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) Society, and was a finalist at this year’s Hack for Humanity hackathon for her team’s project to create a secure database for refugee medical history.
Laila is excited to explore democratic erosion through multiple lenses. As an incoming intern at J-PAL (Poverty Action Lab), she hopes to assist fieldwork on the impact of refugee migration on societal acceptance. Laila has also been accepted to study abroad as a visiting student at Oxford next year, where she intends to study PPE.