Tamara MC

b. 1972

Current City, State, Country

United States

Birth City, State, Country

United States


Dr. Tamara MC, a child marriage and human trafficking survivor, is a freedom activist for girls and women worldwide. As an Applied Linguist and Middle East scholar, she researches how language is manipulated to control vulnerable populations. She is both Jewish and Muslim and the founder/president of Muslim Jewish Love, a nonprofit that spreads peace, love, and joy between Muslims and Jews worldwide. Dr. MC studied poetry and creative nonfiction at Columbia University and has been granted numerous residencies and fellowships, including Bread Loaf, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Sewanee, Ragdale, Cave Canem, and VSC. She’s been widely published in places such as Salon, The Independent, and Parents Magazine. She was awarded the Pauline Scheer Fellowship and recently graduated from Grub Street’s Memoir Incubator. She wrote her debut memoir, CHILD BRIDE, about her “marriage” at 12. She’s a single mama to two amazing boys and grandmamma to two rambunctious pups. She’s a lifelong vegetarian, an environmentalist, and an animal rights advocate.

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PhD in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching | 2014 | The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

  • Minor in Pedagogy and Middle Eastern and North African Studies
  • Concentrations in Gender and Women’s Studies, Anthropology, and Education/Literacy

MFA in Creative Writing | 2016-2017 | Columbia University, New York City

  • Creative Nonfiction & Poetry

MA in English Language and Linguistics (ELL/ESL) | 2000 | The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

  • Major Fields of Study included Arabic, Bengali, and Hebrew

BA in Middle Eastern Studies | 1995 | The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

  • Minor in History and Political Science, Concentrations in Arabic, Islam, and Sufism

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