Alia Malek is an author and civil rights lawyer. Born in Baltimore to Syrian immigrant parents, she began her legal career as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. After working in the legal field in the U.S., Lebanon, and the West Bank, Malek, who has degrees from Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities, earned her master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. Her reportage has appeared in many venues including The Nation, The New York Times, Salon, The Christian Science Monitor, and the Columbia Journalism Review. In 2009, her first book "A Country Called Amreeka: US History Retold Through Arab American Lives" was released by Simon & Schuster imprint Free Press. She is the editor of the Voice of Witness book "Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post 9/11 Injustice," published by McSweeney's.