Alex Shams is an editor at Ma’an News Agency, the largest independent news agency in Palestine. He is also an editor-in-chief of Ajam Media Collective, a blog focused on society and culture in Iran and Central Asia. A native of Los Angeles, he received his master’s in Middle Eastern studies with a focus on gender in modern Iran from Harvard University in 2013. His work focuses on gender, urbanism, and Islamic political thought in the region. He has previously lived in Lebanon, and currently resides in Bethlehem.