Mahnoor Ali

Mahnoor AliMahnoor Ali, who hails from Southern California and was a proud resident of Adams House while at Harvard, concentrated in Comparative Literature with a secondary field in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and a citation in French, in addition to her skills in Hindi/Urdu and Arabic. On campus, Mahnoor was a Peer Advising Fellow, a senior guide at the Harvard Art Museums, an intern at the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, and the co-director of the flagship Cultural Rhythms festival. She worked backstage on several productions, including through the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club; and she also played the lead in a play on the Loeb Main Stage of the American Repertory Theater. Mahnoor has traveled to Paris to do ethnographic research on Roma youth and served as a Foreign Service intern at the U.S. Department of State, working with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration during Summer 2018 and at U.S. Embassy Athens during Summer 2019. Her senior thesis explored the relationship between space and memory on Harvard's campus and in the novels of Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. Mahnoor will pursue an MPhil in English: Criticism and Culture as the Governor William Shirley Scholar at Pembroke College.