About the Author

Maha Alkhateeb is a documentary and fine art photographer, human rights activist, and writer. As a creative analytic, she combines her worldview and ability to connect with people with analyses of social environments to document humanity and change. As the former Managing Director of FotoDC, Maha led efforts in collaboration with arts institutions in the Washington DC metro area and beyond to present exhibitions, competitions, lectures, portfolio reviews, and workshops. In addition, as a board member and former co-director of the Peaceful Families Project, she has worked to prevent domestic violence in Muslim communities in the U.S. and abroad through community building, educational resources, and research. Other unofficial hats Maha is currently wearing, or has worn in the past, include sociologist, television correspondent, fiction writer, poet, and painter. She is a long time Washingtonian and has lived in Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, and Istanbul.