Aysha Pettigrew graduated from Reed College with a BA in religion with an emphasis on American history. Her undergraduate thesis, “Forging New American-Muslim Identities after 9/11,” examined how children and families form identities in the face of marginalization. At Reed, she worked as a reporter and editor at a biweekly campus news magazine. More recently, she worked as a legal assistant at a law firm in San Francisco, where she assisted clients with applications for asylum and researched religious persecution in South Asia. Her interests include storytelling in radio and podcasts, knitting, and her dog.