Tanzoom Ahmed is a Second Year Graduate student at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Her academic interests lies in the intersection of Islam, Gender Politics and its depiction in literature and cinema . Her ongoing MA Thesis focuses on the construction of the 'new Muslim woman' and her changing portrayals in colonialist literature from Egypt and India. Tanzoom is fluent in Hindi, Urdu and Bengali is currently learning Arabic. She is a US State Department Alumni and a Fulbright Fellow.