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Marie Helmy

Associate Director for Public Engagement and Intercultural Initiatives

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Marie Helmy comes from the Coptic Egyptian community of Los Angeles. With an MA from the University of Chicago in the Anthropology and Sociology of Religion, Marie’s work asks: where is the “Arab world,” and who belongs there?  By studying the boundaries of Arab (racial, religious, and national) belonging, this work interrogates the local and colonial histories that bind and fracture Arab communities. Marie has previously done outreach for the Chicago Palestine Film Festival and has held positions with the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development in Washington, DC. She has taught as an instructor of Writing and Research methods as a Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, and more recently as adjunct faculty at St. Augustine College in Chicago. As an undergraduate student, she headed the feminist student organization, the Women’s Union, and she continues to work to advance a global, intersectional, and relational vision of justice. Some of her major influences include her grandma, Audre Lorde, and Rihanna.

Marie worked at the Center March to October 2020.