I was born in Yemen, where I grew up learning the cultural norms, social codes, and behavioral patterns of the society. For twenty-seven years, I traveled across Yemen and came to learn more about its demographic, cultural, and dialectal complexity. My work at Taiz University helped introduce me to a multitude of knowledge sources about the country’s history, culture, and politics.
Although I migrated to the United States in 2007, I continue to initiate conversations about the country with students, educators, businesspersons, and professionals in Yemen and across the various Yemeni American communities. This diasporic experience has been both enriching and empowering. It continues to inform my transnational identity as an Arab and Muslim citizen of the United States, which defines the nature of my academic and public work.