Alex Shams is bacheye Los Angeles, a fact he has spent years trying to deny but eventually learned to embrace. Raised in the diaspora but with as many summers as possible spent in Tehran, he first became interested in regional politics after being chased out of a history class debate at his evangelical middle school during the Iraq War.
Since then, he has divided his time between Los Angeles, Beirut, Tehran, Istanbul and, most recently, Boston, where he is getting a Master’s at Harvard. His interests include feminism, urbanism and grassroots activism in Iran and the Arab World. He’s pictured here briefly detained in Egypt as part of a convoy to Gaza in 2010.
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