Who Are Suleika Jaouad Parents?
Suleika Jaouad was born to her Tunisian father, Hédi, and a Swiss mother, Anne Francey, in New York.
Her dad, Hédi Jaouad, was a Tunisian-born French professor at Skidmore College. She has spent the majority of his adult life in the United States, where he has worked as a French professor at Skidmore College since 1989.
He was, however, born and raised in a North African country. Tunisia was still a French colony when Jaouad was a child, and native Tunisians were marginalized.
Suleika's grandfather supported his family of seven children by working as a local government courier. Following independence, the country's first leader invested in education and advocated for women's rights.
Tunisia was a standout along the North African coast. But it came at a cost, according to Jaouad. The government spied on its people, there was no free press, and corruption flourished. Jaouad attended the University of Tunis before studying abroad. He first returned home to teach English, but America piqued his interest.
While working as a translator at the United Nations, he met his wife, Anne Francey, a Swiss artist. Suleika, a recent Princeton University graduate, and Adam, a Skidmore junior, are the couple's two children.
Suleika often acknowledges her father for all the support and education he has provided to her. She thanked her father after graduation for not allowing her to drop out of college to move to the Gaza Strip for a boy.
Suleika is now a professor at Columbia University. She commemorates the memory of her dad during his 72 birthday in 2020. She mentioned the suitcase he had given him, which contained some of his work, scripts, and manuscripts.
Though it was painful for her to open the suitcase after her father passed away, she mustered the courage and shared her emotions with her followers.