Marwan Safar Jalani
Election Year: 2020
Election Constituency: Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: Syria & Balliol 2020
Marwan is a student at Yale University, pursuing a BA in political science with a minor in human rights. He was born and raised in Al-Qaboun, Damascus. He left Syria in 2012 due to the war, moving to Egypt, then Turkey, before attending the United World College in Mostar, Bosnia & Herzegovina. As an undergraduate, Marwan worked at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven, and at the Bronx Defenders and Human Rights Watch in New York. Marwan served on the United World College Syrian National Committee and as president of the Yale Refugee Project. At Oxford, Marwan intends to study comparative government, exploring institutional design in war-torn and post-conflict contexts. Marwan enjoys cycling, writing poetry, and performing spoken word.