Ali Alsmadi is a graduate assistant at the Center for the Study of Global Change. He is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Indiana University. Ali Obtained his M.A. in Hispanic Literature from Florida Atlantic University and his B.A. in Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Jordan-Amman. His dissertation, tentatively titled “Spanish Morisco-Aljamiado Literature: Spanish Morisco Writings in the Early Modern Period” explores the literature of the Moriscos and its relationship to the socio-cultural conditions of Early Modern Spain. Ali’s project engages the Aljamiado Literature (the clandestine literature) of the Moriscos who were expelled from Spain in the years between 1609-1614. His research engages with theories of decoloniality, race, identity and religion with the aim of repositioning the image and history of the Moriscos. Other research interests include gender, identity, desire, material culture, and religious intersectionality.