Katherine Zoepf

Fellow, Better Life Lab

Katherine Zoepf is a fellow in the Better Life Lab at New America. She is the author of Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World. Zoepf also organizes a series of events and discussions on women's issues, Broadly Speaking, which are held in New America's New York City events space. Zoepf lived in Syria and Lebanon from 2004 to 2007 while working as a stringer for the New York Times; she also worked in the Times's Baghdad bureau in 2008. Her writings have appeared in the New York Observer, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker, among other publications. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the London School of Economics.

All Work

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Generation Revolution

What happens when a revolution unravels?


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Breaking the Silence Surrounding Antenatal Depression

What can be done to ease the damaging guilt, shame, and stigma surrounding depression during pregnancy?


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Envisioning the Good Divorce

Is there such a thing as a good divorce? We talk with Wendy Paris about new models of divorce and their impact on families.


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The Child-Centered Case for Paid Parental Leave

We spoke with Her Excellency Solveig Horne on paid parental leave and its potential impact on families and children around the world.


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Mariam

Join us for a screening of Mariam followed by conversation with the film's director, Faiza Ambah.


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How Muslim Women Are Challenging the Status Quo

Katherine Zoepf was interviewed in National Geographic about her book, Excellent Daughters.


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Excellent Daughters

In her new book, Excellent Daughters, Katherine Zoepf examines the complex lives of young women living in pre-civil war Syria.


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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

For more than a decade, Katherine Zoepf has lived in or traveled throughout the Arab world, reporting on the lives of women, whose role...


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‘Excellent Daughters,’ by Katherine Zoepf

“You must write more about us,” the young Syrian woman demanded.


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Excellent Daughters

Katherine Zoepf discusses the dual transformations of women's lives and of Arab society throughout the Middle East.


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Sisters in Law

Saudi women are beginning to know their rights.


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Excellent Daughters: The Secret Lives of the Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World

Katherine Zoepf, a journalist who has covered the Middle East for the New York Times, fluidly merges memoir with reportage while showing the