Born and raised in Baltimore, Allison spent her primary and secondary education studying Japanese until her Japanese teacher, who happened to be enrolled in Arabic classes, inspired her to do the same! She graduated from Williams College cum laude with a BA in Arabic Studies, was awarded a Donovan-Moody Fellowship for graduate study at the University of Oxford, and recently graduated with First Class Honors after reading for her MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Allison is currently a Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellow, studying in an intensive, year-long Arabic language program in Cairo, Egypt.
Allison is passionate about connecting with others by learning to speak their language. This linguistic background can offer a distinct advantage in helping students to improve their English, a fact that she learned from her four years of experience teaching non-native speakers in classrooms in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Cairo, and Oxford. Allison is also an accomplished writer and editor, first serving as a section editor and then as Co-Managing Editor of The Oxford Middle East Review. She is well-versed in guiding students through every stage of the writing process, whether in the context of a research piece headed towards publication, a university admissions essay, or a graduate-level essay in Arabic.
When Allison isn’t in the classroom, you can find her playing field hockey, sampling street food, and reading Egyptian novels.