Kaylee Steck

Kaylee Steck is a former researcher for the Fulbright US Student Program. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She is currently a master's candidate at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she is pursuing a degree in Arab Studies.
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Women and Water in Morocco: Foggy Prospects

Fog harvesting provides an alternative source of drinking water in places that are cloud abundant and infrastructure poor. In 2006, the Dar Si Hmad Foundation and the University of La Laguna began investigating the viability of obtaining drinking water from fog in southwest Morocco. Researchers chose Mt. Boutmezguida as a testing ground for its ideal climatic conditions. The project... Continue Reading

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Subversive Women in Colonial North Africa

Colonial encroachment in North Africa created new opportunities for women to travel and challenge social norms. During my travels in Morocco, I discovered Emily Keene’s memoir, My Life Story. In the 1870s, Keene traveled to Tangier as a governess for an English family. Soon after, she married the leader of a prominent religious order. As part of the public duties affiliated with this role,... Continue Reading

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The Future of Morocco's Informal Economy

A large informal sector in Morocco significantly contributes to the economy without receiving necessary support in return. Following the success of government spending in post-war Europe, the Arab world adopted a state-driven model of economic development. Morocco implemented this model in the 1960s and 1970s, pursuing expensive projects in industry, infrastructure and social services. By... Continue Reading

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Single Moroccan Mothers Face Challenges in Accessing Health Care

Single mothers face several obstacles to enlisting their children in the Moroccan civil registry, which affects their access to education and health care.   Issues of health and poverty are often viewed as arising from the people who they affect. This results in the pathologization of vulnerable populations and diverts attention away from far-reaching factors that contribute to these issues.... Continue Reading

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Rethinking Retail Development in Morocco

In Morocco, the corner grocery store has endured despite supermarket growth. You have just arrived in a Moroccan city. It’s hot and you want to buy a bottle of water. The first place you go is a corner grocery store, called hanout in Moroccan Arabic. Hanouts form an important part of proximity commerce. They are hubs of social and economic activity that build customer networks through... Continue Reading

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