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Middle East Studies Student, Lindsay Zike, Receives Husky 100 Recognition

Lindsay Church Zike

June 1, 2016

 The Husky 100

The Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. Learn more about the Husky 100.

Lindsay writes about her studies at the Jackson School and future career plans:

In my time at the University of Washington, I have focused my academic efforts on understanding issues of religious extremism, especially as it exists in the Middle East. As part of my undergraduate education, I chose to learn as much about Islam and the core of the religion so that I could work in my future toward breaking down stereotypes about Muslims and Islam in the greater, global context. In my graduate research and thesis, I have written about the historical conditions in Iraq that gave rise, or created the space for, a group such as the Islamic State to easily conquer large swaths of territory in norther Iraq. As I near the end of my time in the Jackson School Middle East program, I look to continue my public service working on issues of counterterrorism.

Outside of my academics, my passion has become helping veterans as they return to civilian life and, more specifically, to the academic world. I believe that the University of Washington has a great opportunity to set the precedent for the services that our nation offers our returning veterans and I would like nothing more than to have the opportunity to continue to lead that charge.

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