S. Jean

Born in the United States, S. Jean was raised on a small family farm in North Dakota. She credits her student exchange experience in Russia as a pivotal point in her life, where she developed a love for travel, cultures, and languages. S. Jean spent a year doing national service with AmeriCorps *NCCC. She has a B.A. in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. After completing her studies, she moved to the Gaza Strip to be with her husband, who is from Gaza. She volunteers for an NGO in Gaza and is a private research consultant on socioeconomic development.
In her exclusive series for The WIP, A Voice from Gaza, S. Jean draws
attention to how Gazans live under occupation and cope with an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis. Her contributions are written in honor of her mother's memory, who taught her the importance of lending a hand to "our fellow sisters."