Taryn Marashi is currently the Stella Vaughn Fellow at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities. She is a Sixth Year PhD candidate in Medieval Islam studying with Professor Leor Halevi. Her research focuses on urban architecture and design, violence, social power, criminality, political reform, and social justice. Her dissertation, "Terrains of Tension, Mapping Violence in Medieval Islamic Society," examines the interconnected development of violence and urban space in 850 to 950 CE. Results of her dissertation research have been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. She also received an MA in Islamic and Near Eastern Studies from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015.