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Columbia The New Americans: Homelands and Diasporas

Karim Bardeesy

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Karim Bardeesy is entering his second year in the Master's in Public Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government, and is the News21 fellow from Harvard University. He has a BA in Political Science from McGill University, was most recently a political assistant and policy adviser to the Ontario Minister of Finance, and has worked as a researcher for Toronto Life magazine and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Kennedy School Review in 2007-08.

With Anna-Katarina Gravgaard, Karim worked on a major project to identify and profile elected officials in America who are immigrants or from minority religious backgrounds. The project includes seven video profiles of politicians which took Anna-Katarina to California, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey, and an interactive map featuring sketches of over 40 elected officials. Karim and Anna-Katarina invite comments to allow them to add to this map of elected officials.

Karim also did a profile of Oklahoma singer-songwriter Kareem Salama and reviewed a new book on immigration and America's religious landscape for News21.

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Over six months, members of the Columbia News21 team traveled 525,000 miles across the United States, Canada, India and Iran in search of a better understanding of minority religions and the immigrants who practice them.