Aimée Lister

Fulbright All Disciplines Postgraduate Award, MA in Arab Studies - Georgetown University

Aimée graduated with a BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2020. On graduating, she moved to Japan, completed a postgraduate law conversion remotely at the University of Law, and founded a copywriting business that supports global tech startups.

Her experiences through her own business, living in 3 continents over the past 5 years, as well as roles at the Asia Society in Japan and Jamal Khashoggi’s DAWN MENA, made her appreciate the role that cultural dialogue plays within broader spaces of foreign policy and international relations. This fully crystallised whilst living in Lebanon and working on the media and editorial team at afikra, a global media and community organization dedicated to reframing dominant understandings of the Arab world by promoting the region’s cultures and histories.

With the support of the Fulbright scholarship, she is delighted to be pursuing an MA in Arab Studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is looking forward to building out an interdisciplinary course of study through which she will gain greater understandings of the Arab world, particularly through a cultural and societal lens. Beyond academics, Aimée is also excited by the prospect of exploring DC and involving herself in the city’s vibrant Asian-American community.