University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 2020
Majors: International Relations, Religious Studies, and Modern Middle Eastern Studies Minor: Arabic and Islamic Studies
Languages: Chinese (native, ILR 5); English (native, ILR 5); Arabic (advanced, ILR 4); French (intermediate, ILR 3); Korean (intermediate, ILR 3)
Aaron Chen is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in International Relations, Religious Studies, and Modern Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies. His experience living in Lebanon and Jordan inspired him to work toward addressing the causes and costs of conflict in the Middle East. This involves working with organizations not only from the West, but also from the East as well. His studies and his personal faith have also drawn him to understanding the heritage of the Middle East, motivating him to study Syriac and Greek. From 2016-2017, Aaron was a donations coordinator for the Nationalities Service Center, the largest refugee resettlement center in Philadelphia. In summer 2018, he helped create a new for-credit course for the University of Pennsylvania Religious Studies Department, called Religion and the Global Future. In summer 2019, he conducted field research on faith-based organizations for the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society. He is currently the Middle East and North Africa Team Project Lead for the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and a translator for the Penn Museum's Mosul Heritage Stabilization Program.