Olinda Hassan

This blog was created in the winter of 2009 when I went to study abroad at the American University in Cairo. The history and culture-dense city of Cairo led me to record my experiences and share them with my family and friends while living thousands of miles away from home. Since then, this space turned into a discussion of all of my travels, academic interests, to the everyday perks of being a traveler/student/writer/thinker.

After completing my B.A. at Wellesley College, I worked in Dhaka, Bangladesh under the Fulbright Fellowship program. Under the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, I was one of four Americans assigned to teach English in national-curriculum based schools in the urban city. In addition, I researched youth social hierarchies in urban Dhaka, some of which are recorded in this blog. I became increasingly interested in how late-bloomer emerging markets like Bangladesh deal with globalization and a digital economy. I also wrote for the Daily Star in Dhaka where  gender politics, immigration, economic development, to fashion have all played a part.

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I returned to the US following my fellowship and completed my MPA at Cornell University where I was also the managing editor of the Cornell Policy Review. Since graduation, I have worked in policy development for Twitter, in San Francisco. Follow me: @OlindaTH.

[Disclaimer] This blog is not an official Fulbright Program blog and the views expressed are my own and not those of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations. About the Fulbright