Sama Kubba

I am a sophomore ('24) at Harvard University joint-concentrating in Government and Modern Middle Eastern Studies for my Bachelor's and Concurrent Master's Degrees. I am the President of the Harvard Undergraduate Foreign Policy Initiative and a U.S. Foreign Service Intern at the Department of State's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

I hope to focus my career on U.S. foreign policy with a particular interest in the Middle East, focusing on the region's relationship with China, technological development, digital radicalization, advancements in terrorism and gender. I also work on building my background in cyber, digital media, AI, China, and nuclear weapons more broadly.

My family and I came to the U.S. in 2009 after living in Iraq and Jordan, and I was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2013. I grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia where I received my International Baccalaureate and AP Capstone Diplomas at Princess Anne High School. I identify as Arab-American and am fluent in Arabic and English.

I enjoy reading the news and analytical articles, listening to podcasts, working out (huge Peloton and Nike Training Club fan), watching documentaries, visiting art museums, walks with friends, and drinking lots of coffee and tea.

I am grateful to all the mentors who took the time to invest in my academic and professional development, their generous time and efforts were essential and I sincerely appreciate their presence in my life.