About Me 

Zahra Hankir is a Lebanese-British journalist, editor and author who writes about the intersection of politics, culture, and society. Her work has appeared in publications including Teen Vogue, Time Magazine, Town and Country, Condé Nast Traveler, The Observer Magazine, The Times Literary Supplement, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The Rumpus. She was awarded a Jack R. Howard Fellowship to attend the Columbia Journalism School and holds degrees in politics and Middle Eastern studies. Her first book, Our Women on the Ground, was a best-seller and won the Susan Koppelman award for best anthology in feminist studies.  Her second book, Eyeliner: A Cultural History, was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ pick and had starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal.

Hankir was a finalist for the 2022 Popular Features award at One World Media and a finalist for the 2022 Best Coverage of the MENA Region award at the Arab and Middle East Journalists Association. She worked for Bloomberg News for 7 years as a reporter and editor in Dubai and London and has had stints at the BBC in London and at the New York Times Syndicate in Manhattan. Hankir was born in the United Kingdom during Lebanon’s civil war, and has lived in Sidon, Beirut, Dubai, New York, Manchester and London; she is currently based in Brooklyn and regularly travels to the Middle East. Photo: Benedict Evans