Full Name
Ursula Lindsey
Journalist and book critic (Moderator)
Speaker Bio
Ursula Lindsey is a reporter, essayist and book reviewer who largely writes about North Africa and the Middle East.

She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the independent magazine the Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr. She was an editor of The Arabist blog.

She reported from Egypt for the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and covered the Arab Spring and its aftermath for Newsweek, The New York Times, The Nation, The New Yorker the London Review of Books and The Point. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent.

She studied comparative literature at Stanford University, has a masters in Near East Studies from NYU (with a focus on modern Egyptian literature), and is a graduate of the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad. She speaks Arabic, French and Italian.

From 2014 to 2019, she lived in Rabat, Morocco. Today she lives in Amman, Jordan and is a contributor to the New York Review of Books. She co-hosts the BULAQ podcast, which focuses on Arabic literature in translation and is part of the podcast network Sowt.
Ursula Lindsey