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Ayah Aboelela

M.A. in World History

Ayah Aboelela graduated from UMass Boston in 2021 summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Computer Science and minor in Arabic studies. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in World History and a Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities at Northeastern University. Among other software-related research experiences, she interned at Tufts University’ Classics Department, where she trained artificial intelligence models for named entity recognition and optical character recognition for the Timbuktu Chronicles, two seventeenth-century texts on West African history. Ayah hopes to combine her background in software and love for history and storytelling to make historical stories more accessible to both academic and non-academic audiences.

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Cohort: 2021

Research Interest: Muslim history, digital humanities, Arabic, colonialism

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