Ashley Makar (Center Fellow/Graduate Associate; 2008-2012) is a writer who works with refugees in New Haven. Makar is the Community Liaison for IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services), and author of the forthcoming e-book of essays You Were Strangers: Travels through the Holy Land and the Bible Belt. Much of her literary non-fiction work draws on her research among Sudanese refugees who have migrated from Egypt to Israel. Makar has a Masters of Divinity from Yale and a joint M.A. in Journalism and Middle East Studies from New York University. She is a contributing co-editor to Killing the Buddha, an online magazine of religion and culture.