Aya Labanieh is a writer, political organizer, and aspiring poet. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the English and Comparative Literature Department and affiliated with the Center for Comparative Literature and Society. She works on conspiracy theory and conspiratorial thinking both in the global digital context and in postcolonial Middle Eastern novels. Her work approaches these phenomena from a variety of angles: as heretical discourses, popular critiques, epistemic injuries, and modern enchantments.
Aya is an instructor of record for writing composition at Columbia University and a copyeditor at the Journal of Arabic Literature. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the MOSF Journal of Science Fiction, Politics/Letters quarterly journal, and Aeon magazine. Her poetry is scattered across the web, eliciting mixed emotions all around.