2015-17 Kennedy Scholar
Zena graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class degree in History and Politics with a year abroad at Sciences Po Paris. Her research interests center around a postcolonial understanding of Palestine, particularly focusing on Israeli practices of representation and governance of the Palestinian population. Additionally, she takes an interest in the role of contemporary art and culture in the Arab world co-founding the website Infita7. Zena writes spoken word poetry and founded Warwick University’s largest poetry collective, Shoot from the Lip. She has performed at universities and festivals around the US, UK and France and her poems have been published by El Pais and PRI’s The World. Media credits include the BBC World Service, BBC Arabic and Russia Today. Zena's experiences include the Iraqi Embassy of France, the Palestinian delegation at UNESCO, Operation Black Vote and the British Parliament. Zena comes from Palestinian and Iraqi heritage but was born and raised in London. She speaks English, dialectical Arabic and French. Zena has been awarded the Kennedy Scholarship to study at Harvard.