A.J. Naddaff studies political science and Arab studies at Davidson College. Born in Boston to a Belgian mother and a Lebanese-American father, he grew up in a multicultural household with an early interest in travel, languages, and adventure.
A.J.'s interest in Arab culture brought him to Jordan for his junior year, where he studied Arabic through Middlebury Schools Abroad at the University of Jordan, taught French to Syrian refugees, and also interned for Radio al-Balad, Jordan's first independent news organization. During his time in Amman, he was also interviewed by the media and appeared on the television and radio speaking in Arabic.
His past work has been featured in Al Monitor, The New Arab, Syria Deeply, Syria Untold, Al Jadid Magazine, Global Voices, and The Charlotte Observer.