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Zain A.
Teacher, writer, & musician
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About Zain
Zain Alam is an artist and aspiring academic seeking to explore transnational intellectual exchange between anti-colonial movements in the Islamic world. He grew up in Kennesaw, GA and graduated from Wesleyan University where he wrote a thesis on the makings of an Indian Muslim and Muhajir diaspora after Partition. He returned to India on the AIF Clinton Fellowship collecting oral histories as a story scholar for the 1947 Partition Archive. During this time he wrote the songs that grew into my NYC-based recording project, Humeysha. He...
Teaching Experience
• Independent tutor for students in NYC and online since 2014 in subjects including computer science, writing, college applications, social sciences, and ACT/SAT prep (references available) • Managed and taught a college guidance and scholarship search program for all of Richmond Hill High School in Queens, NYC from 2015-2016 • "Insider" experience in college admissions after working as an interviewer for Wesleyan University's office of admissions from 2008-2009
Harvard University
Islamic Studies
Master's Degree
2016 - 2018
Wesleyan University
Social Science
Bachelor's Degree
2009 - 2013
Work Experience
Harvard University, Graduate student
2016 - Present
• Concentration in Islamic studies • Islamic Scholarship Fund winner (2016-2017) • SAADA grant recipient (2016-2017) • Full ride scholarship (2016-2017)
Richmond Hill High School, Tutor & College Prep/Leadership Mentor
2015 - 2016
• Tutored 40+ students in college guidance, SAT/ACT prep, creative writing, ESL, and public speaking • Taught after-school classes on immigrant narratives, hip-hop history, and pop media studies • Facilitated student workshops on creating safe spaces, handling difficult dialogues, and importance of written and spoken language
American India Foundation's William J. Clinton fellowship, Story scholar for 1947 Partition Archive
2009 - 2010
• Independently conducted 140+ oral histories of witnesses to the 1947 Partition in Urdu and Hindi • Wrote profiles of each witness (including complete biographical data and interview summary) regularly featured on the 1947 Partition Archive’s Facebook, Twitter, website, and quarterly magazine, Junction ‘47 • Published in American India Foundation magazine and interviewed for a feature in The Indian Express • Connected Archive to key artistic/literary contacts in new regions and communities across north India • Interviewed applicants in...
Wesleyan University Office of Admissions, Senior interviewer
2008 - 2009
• Interviewed prospective students and wrote individualized profiles evaluating their admissibility to Wesleyan University • Conducted info sessions and individualized workshops for prospective students and their families
Wesleyan University, Independent thesis researcher
2008 - 2009
• Gathered source literature and conducted oral histories in Urdu and Hindi for honors thesis ”Dreams and Disappointment: India’s Muslims, Muhajirs, and the Making of Pakistan” • Thesis submitted with honors to the College of Social Studies (a selective interdisciplinary program in government, history, economics, and social theory) • Certificates: South Asian studies; international relations; social, cultural, and critical theory • Awards: Center for Humanities Fellowship, 2013; Davenport Grant for Study of Public Affairs, 2012; Tololyan...
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