Levi Thompson studies Arabic literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently exploring the development of modernism in Arabic. His other academic interests include pre-modern Arabic and Persian literature, translation, and literary criticism. He has a Masters in Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and was a 2010-2011 Fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad in Cairo. He is the co-founder of www.tahrirdocuments.org, which hosts English translations of documents gathered during the 2011 Egyptian uprising.