Alyssa Bivins is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at GWU. Her research interests include the history of education systems in the 20th century Levant, with a particular focus on modern Palestinian education development. Her advisor is Professor Shira Robinson. Alyssa received a B.A. in History and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Most of her work outside of academia has been in the education field: from the U.S. Department of Education to Chicago Public School classrooms to NGOs abroad. When she isn't working, she enjoys letting history inspire her artistically through creating mosaics, painting, and sketching!