Bayan’s research at Yale focuses on racial formations between colonial elites, those who were racialized as and identified themselves as Sudanese Arabs, and enslaved groups and their descendants in Ottoman-Egyptian Sudan (1821-1884). Prior to Yale, Bayan graduated magna cum laude with high honors in History and a minor in Politics from NYU in 2019. She completed a senior thesis that dissected the relationship between the afterlives of slavery as they manifested in modern Egyptian nationalism, the 1960-1976 construction of the Aswan High Dam, and the Nubian communities the Dam displaced through a critical analysis of contemporary Nubian literature. Over the course of her time at NYU, Bayan was a research assistant at Columbia Law School, an intern at the Brennan Center for Justice, and an intern at Tadamon–The Egyptian Refugee Multicultural Council. She was also a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship, the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights, and the Fulbright Award. At Yale, her research has been generously funded by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration, and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition.
Please feel free to contact Bayan if you have any questions about the doctoral program of History at Yale and/or Sudanese studies.