Yasmin Bendaas received her bachelor of arts in anthropology in 2013 from Wake Forest University where she double-minored in journalism and Middle East and South Asia studies. As an undergraduate student, she conducted fieldwork in Algeria's Aurès Mountains region that centered on the symbolic meaning, contribution to identity, and reasons for disappearance of traditional facial tattoos among the indigenous Chaouia. She conducted this research as a student fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Bendaas most recently graduated from the master's program in science and medical journalism at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Park Fellow. Her graduate thesis examining the effects of climate change on rural sheepherding practices in Algeria was her second Pulitzer Center project. Bendaas continues to write stories related to science and medicine, and her primary research interests remain focused on Algeria.