Born in New York but raised in Savannah, Raphael is an Egyptian-American activist and writer who graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in Political Science and International Affairs. Much of his academic career was spent advocating for oppressed peoples and marginalized communities, both around the world and in the United States. As a member of the largest Christian minority in the Middle East, Raphael has conducted research on state violations of physical integrity rights for the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project and worked with Eshhad: Center for the Protection of Minorities to aggregate and collate sectarian incidents throughout Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. He dedicated his time at the University of Georgia to Palestine solidarity work and community organizing, where he co-founded the Progressive Action Coalition, and organized marches, protests, and rallies to advocate for marginalized students, local workers, and recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
In addition to his work supporting Deep’s Action Research Team, youth organizing, and organizational research initiatives, Raphael is also a member of National Students for Justice in Palestine’s Steering Committee, where he supports Palestine solidarity organizing on college campuses across the country. As a poet, he writes about identity, belonging, and radical hope, striving to be a co-conspirator who uplifts the experiences of the marginalized, colonized, and oppressed. He is best friends with his cat, Olive, and enjoys hookah, Disney music, and working to get free alongside his comrades.
Raphael has attended the Red Clay Writing Project’s Summer Institute, a site of the National Writing Project at the University of Georgia, Athens, and is a National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant.