Fatema was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh but raised in Reno and goes by Emma. In 2016, she completed her undergraduate career at the University of Nevada, Reno, receiving a B.A. in Economics and B.A. in International Affairs. Throughout her undergraduate career, she volunteered her time as a conversation partner for international students and took part in cultural diversity events. After receiving her degrees, she had a successful career in banking before going on to teach English in South Korea. From there she was able to visit several countries in East and Southeast Asia where she enjoyed spending time and learning more about the locals. While living abroad for three years, she became more curious about the geopolitical issues of East Asia which led her to pursue her MA in History focusing on East Asian memory politics. Emma believes in order to make informed decisions about policies it is important to look at history and is focusing on how the history between the countries of East Asia shapes their present-day politics. She is also a teaching assistant for the Core Humanities department. During her spare time, Emma enjoys reading, exploring cafes, drinking tea and traveling.