Alia Malek is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer. She is the author of The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria (2017) and A Country Called Amreeka: US History Re- Told Through Arab American Lives (2009) and editor of Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustices (2011). With collaborators the Magnum Foundation and Al Liquidoi, Alia edited and co-conceived EUROPA أوروپا: An Illustrated Introduction to Europe for Migrants and Refugees, released in 2016 and distributed for free.
Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Policy, NewYorker.com, the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jadaliyya, McSweeney’s, Guernica and other publications.
Her reporting from Syria earned her the Marie Colvin Award in 2013, and in 2016, she was honored with the 12th annual Hiett Prize in the Humanities.
She currently directs the International Reporting Concentration at the Newmark School for Journalism at CUNY.