Alia Malek is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria and A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re-Told Through Arab American Lives. In addition, she is editor of EUROPA أوروپا : An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees and Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices. She is a recipient of the Marie Colvin Award, and the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities. She directs the International Reporting Program at CUNY’s Newmark Graduate School of Journalism.