As Finance and Logistics Assistant, Noah Black is responsible for liaising between the program and finance departments, as well as assisting ICFJ partners and sub-grantees.
Black graduated from George Mason University in 2018 with a B.A. in Global Affairs and in 2019 with an M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies. They have produced award-winning research focusing on critical legal theory’s application in anti-colonial work as well as on social movements in Central Asia during the Soviet era. While at George Mason, Black received the Spirit of King award and the Mohammad H Omar Family Endowed Scholarship for their work with National Students for Justice in Palestine and the Native American and Indigenous Alliance.
Serving as the Grant and Program Coordinator for Mason’s Middle East Studies department, they worked with a variety of scholars to coordinate research and media symposiums, develop curriculum that seeks to correct Islamophobic discourse in the U.S. education system, and create multimedia platforms that make academic-level knowledge more accessible to the public.
Beginning in 2017, Black began contributing to critical knowledge production as an Associate Producer at the renowned e-zine Jadaliyya and its sister publication, Status/الوضع Audio-Visual Magazine. From Paris, France, to Muscat, Oman, Black’s work in amplifying the work of journalists and scholars from countries underrepresented in mainstream English publications led them to join the ICFJ team in 2021. As a member of the International Association of Professional Writers and Editors, they have a strong passion for the intersections of critical media and collective organizing.