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Yara is a PhD student in political theory and comparative politics researching humor in times of crisis. As a graduate student at Penn, she gained teaching experience as teaching assistant and as instructor of record. Yara’s dedication to education and student life goes beyond the classroom; she served as interim undergraduate student advisor at the political science department, and is currently a fourth year Graduate Resident Advisor at Harnwell College House. For her dedication to teaching, she received the Alvin Z. Rubinstein Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Political Science Graduate Student.