Lydia Lahey Zakel is a PhD student in the Department of Geography studying Palestinian refugees and the development projects in Palestinian refugee camps. She obtained her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Linguistics and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, followed by her MA in Geography. Her previous research has focused on barriers that refugees face as well as durable solutions. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is at a conversational level in Arabic. She has taught Regions of the World, GEOG-G120 and Human Geography in the Changing World, GEOG-G110.