Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in The Nation, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, The WashingtonPost.com, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The New York Times. A Country Called Amreeka is her first book. She is currently editing the next volume in the Voice of Witness series.