Editorial Team


Hoda Katebi, Associate Editor

Hoda Katebi is Associate Editor of the Chicago Monitor. She is an honors graduate in both International Studies/Relations and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her research focused on the politics of the modern underground fashion movement in Iran and the intersections of feminism, self-fashioning, and nationhood. Hoda is an activist fashion blogger and author and photographer of the book Tehran Streetstyle, the first-ever collection of modern streetstyle photography from Iran. In 2013 she started JooJoo Azad, an online platform focusing on self-representation and narrative reclamation through fashion, writing, and photography; challenging Islamophobia and Orientalism; promoting an ethical and minimalist wardrobe; and celebrating beauty that extends beyond that which is narrowly defined by Western mainstream media. Hoda’s work has been featured across various in-print, online, and television media, internationally.

Ahmed Rehab, Managing Editor

Ahmed Rehab is the founder/publisher of the Chicago Monitor. Ahmed is an American Muslim activist and writer with a focus on contemporary social issues including civil rights, media relations, and Islam-West relations. Rehab is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Huffington Post, and CNN.com, his Op-Eds have been published in numerous newspapers around the country, and he has been interviewed numerous times by the Chicago Sun-Times, the Daily Herald, the Washington Post, the Orlando Sentinel, the Economist, the Boston Globe, Crain’s Business Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, Germany’s Die Zeit, and many more. Rehab is also a frequent guest on TV and cable news networks including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, BBC, as well as on radio stations. His commentaries can be heard on Chicago Public Radio. Rehab is active on the national speaking circuit, he has spoken at organizations and University campuses in Chicago and around the United States, as well as in Europe, Australia, Egypt, and Kenya.

David Stuart MacLean, Editor

David MacleanDavid Stuart MacLean is a PEN/American award-winning essayist. His essays and stories have appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Bennington Review, Quarterly West, Gulf Coast, The New York Times, The Guardian, and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD in Literature/Creative Writing from the University of Houston, was a Fulbright Scholar in India, and is a co-founder of the award winning Poison Pen Reading Series. He is the author of The Answer to the Riddle is Me.