Born in Jordan and raised in both Jordan and Bahrain, Lina Samawi received a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and language from the University of Jordan in 2009. Upon being granted a scholarship by the US Department of State, Ms. Samawi completed her degree at the University of Idaho, through the Near East and South Asia undergraduate cultural exchange program (NESA). Before returning home in 2010, she obtained a Master’s degree in English and American literature from the University of Kent.
During her stay in the United States, Ms. Samawi worked as an English and Arabic teacher at the American Language Center of the University of Idaho. While in the United Kingdom, she was an editor for the University of Kent’s GradPost magazine.
In 2010, Ms. Samawi joined the Department of Communication, Rhetoric and the Literary Arts (CRLA) at King’s Academy as a teacher of Arabic as a Second Language for faculty and staff. She currently teaches Arabic as a Foreign Language (AFL) in the Department of World Languages and is a class dean. In 2017, Ms. Samawi was named director of Arabic Year at King’s Academy (AY).