Author Bio

Lulie El-Ashry

Lulie El-Ashry is an interdisciplinary scholar of Religious Studies whose work examines religious conversion, identity negotiation, and transnational religious networks in modern and contemporary Europe and beyond. She holds a B.A and an M.A in Political Science (American University in Cairo, 2003 and 2005), an MTS in Islamic Studies (Harvard Divinity School, 2011) an M.A (2015) and a Ph.D. in The Study of Religion (Harvard, 2020). From 2020 to 2021, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. Her research has been supported by the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace, Loeb Research Fellowship in Religious Studies, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, the Krupp Foundation Fellowship, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. While getting her PhD, Lulie also worked at the Harvard Office for Admissions and Financial Aid, as a Resident Advisor for the Cronkhite Graduate Center at Harvard, and as a Pedagogy Fellow for General Education at Harvard College as part of  the Harvard BOK Center for Teaching & Learning

Lulie joined  Polygence as a  Mentor in 2020  guiding students on projects ranging from ethnographic work on the place of Pakistani Youth in the US  to the production of an Instagram page on the Nung minority in Vietnam . In 2021 she became Head of Mentoring where, along with the brilliant Mentor Team, she recruits, onboards, and supports a growing community of 2000+ mentors.  In February 2022 she launched the first iteration of our Polygence Women in STEM x Queen Elizabeth High School, Zimbabwe Pro-Bono program.