Laura Fokkena

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Laura Fokkena

Laura Fokkena teaches Global Studies at Lesley University is the founder/director of Rise Out, a nonprofit that helps teens quit high school and craft their own education.


The Progressive Student News January 1990 issue contributors were Chris Babiarz, Beth Bandy, Andrea Barnett, Tom Burke, Kim Feicke, John Fields, Laura Fokkena, Peter Frank, Michelle Gartland, Abigail Goldman, Michelle Gonyier, Susan Gregson, Jane Juffer, Pat Kearns, Sharon Kitchens, John Leavitt, Jennifer Leazer, Catherine Lundoff, Mary Martin, Rebecca Minnich, Bruce Nestor, Alix O'Gorman, Mike Sanchez, Karola Schwartz, Caryl Sortwell, John Stonebarger, Michael Turnure, Jill Varga, and Lori Waselchuk.


Laura Fokkena was living in the Cairo district of Imbaba when it was seized by government forces in 1992. She has been following Islamist movements ever since. Her writing has been published in a variety of newspapers and magazines in the United States and Middle East.