Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in The New York Times, Granta, The Nation, Foreign Policy, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The, The Columbia Journalism Review, and McSweeney’s.

A Country Called Amreeka was her first book.

In 2010, she contributed a chapter to Midnight on the Mavi Marmara:The Attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and How it Changed the Course of the Israel/Palestine Conflict, and in 2011, McSweeney’s published the book she edited, Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice.

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