Ilham Abdalla Tagelsir Ali

Hometown and Country

Khartoum, Sudan


History of Science, Government

Extracurricular Interests

Cross knitting, Black Pre-Law Association, researching, listening to music

Favorite place in Harvard Square?


What can FIPers talk to you about?

Music (esp R&B), difficulty of coming from a country "sanctioned" by the US, memes, TWITTER, anything!

Why should a first-year choose FIP?

Because you find such a unique, understanding and diverse community that is literally impossible to find elsewhere. 

Leader Bio

Ilham was born and raised in Khartoum, Sudan. She's a rising senior studying History and Science with a secondary in Government. She's been involved in many campus organizations such as the African Students Association, Currier House Committee, the Black Pre-Law Association, Act on a Dream and the Human Rights Working Group. She spent her junior year as an assistant to a Radcliffe fellow, researching the impact of floods and civil war on internally-displaced peoples in Sudan who moved to Khartoum, and what that has done to the city's urban planning. For her senior year, Ilham hopes to focus on building lasting bonds in the international community and the African community, and wants to volunteer to translate for the Law School Immigration Clinic. Ilham loves LOVES Beyonce (even shares a birthday with her!) and dvsn, and feels lucky she was able to see them both live in 2019! This summer, she hopes to learn how to properly cross-stitch, how to do a push-up and get back into her passion for writing. She loves meeting new people and cannot WAIT to welcome you all to Harvard!