Duke University 

Research Assistant

Maya Ghanem (they/them) is an undergraduate student majoring in International Comparative Studies with a concentration on the Middle East. As a Lebanese, Syrian, Muslim American, their aspirations center around Middle Eastern environmental health and justice. Maya seeks a PhD in a social science to study and support local communities and their relationships with the environment; they are particularly interested in decentralized energy systems, through which local communities can take initiative in asserting infrastructural and environmental sovereignty. Maya is also passionate about queer environmentalism and queer Muslim theology and experiences. At Duke, they are a Mellon Mays Fellow, the Justice Director of the Undergraduate Environmental Union, a Kenan Ethics in Place Fellow, a Huang Fellow, a Jummah 4 All contributor, and a Juhood staff writer.