Ali Hassani

Ali Hassani was born in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and went to high school in Exeter, New Hampshire. He is a rising senior in Columbia College and is double majoring in intellectual history and comparative literature, specifically German and French literature of the 20th century. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of History, a writing tutor at Harlem Clemente, and has interned at the United Nations and in the Yiddish archives at The Forward newspaper. In his free time, Ali enjoys reading very sad German poetry to balance out his propensity to smile all the time, listening to a strange combination of soundcloud rap and indie rock, learning foreign languages, and exploring New York City, one falafel sandwich at a time. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a PhD in Middle Eastern history in order to uncover stories about people’s everyday lives that all the big history textbooks often ignore. He is beyond excited to be a teaching assistant with F&C and looks forward to wrestling with the complexities of the summer course’s incredible texts alongside the students.