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Katie Aslan

Graduate student

kaslan@austin.utexas.edu

Interests: Turkish and Persian language, literature, cinema and music

Niaz Aziz

Graduate Student

niazmuhsen@yahoo.com

Interests: pragmatics, conversation analysis, (im)politeness in both Iraqi Arabic and Kurdish dialects.

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Sarah Baker

Graduate student

slbaker@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Biblical Studies and English Language and Literature, Gordon College. M.A. in The Bible and Its World, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Ph.D. candidate in Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Biblical Hebrew, linguistics, comparative Semitics, language pedagogy

Steve Bartels

Graduate student

stevebartels@utexas.edu

Interests: Middle Eastern Studies

Rabea Benhalim

 
(on leave)
Graduate student

r.benhalim@gmail.com

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Øyvind Bjøru

Graduate student

bjoeru@utexas.edu

Interests: Comparative Semitics, Historical Linguistics, Biblical Hebrew, Arabic, Amharic

Casey Boyles

Graduate student

casey.boyles@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Politics, Princeton

Interests: Leadership, authoritarianism in Arab states

Amy Broome

Graduate student

Interests: Arabic, Hebrew, Israeli society, Palestinian identity, peace processes

Evan Burt

Graduate student

Jay Caballero

Graduate student

Allison Cate

Graduate student

allison.cate@utexas.edu

Interests: Palestinian women, both in the Occupied Territories and in diaspora, and the ways in which fashion functions as resistance to occupation.

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Matthew Chovanec

Graduate student

mlundin@utexas.edu |
HRH 3.102

Education: B.A. International Relations, American University

Interests: Modern Arabic and Turkish Literature, Language Ideology, History of the Left in the Middle East, Socialist Realism and the Literature of Engagement

Claire Cooley

Graduate student

cooley@utexas.edu

Interests: Middle Eastern Cinema, Film and Technology, Arabic and Persian language pedagogy, cultural studies, media archaeology, postcolonial literature

Paul Edgar

Graduate student

Itay Eisinger

Graduate student

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Radwa El Barouni

Graduate student

radwabarouni@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures; University of Texas at Austin. M.A. University of Alexandria, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern Arabic Literature, Representation of history and writing of history in creative works, Arabic Graphic Novels, Critical theory, Intellectual history, Persian Literature, Teaching Arabic as a foreign language, Teaching Culture.

Elizabeth Ennenga

Graduate student

libby.ennenga@utexas.edu

Interests: Contemporary Iran, Depictions of Women in Iranian Popular Culture, and Modern Iranian History

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Ryan Fan

Graduate Student / Assistant Instructor

ryanfan@utexas.edu

Interests: Moroccan Sign Language, Egyptian Sign Language, Language Contact, Arabic Dialectology, TAFL

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Laura Fish

Graduate student

laurafish@utexas.edu

Interests: Iranian Cinema; Film distribution; Persian language teaching

Briana Franklin

Graduate student

briana1.franklin@utexas.edu

Interests: Egyptian and Sudanese Relations, Female Performance in Religious Spaces, Queer Studies, and Race Relations

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Shehnaz Haqqani

Graduate student

shaqqani@utexas.edu

Interests: Gender issues, Islamic law, Pashtun migration, Diasporic Islam, Islamic feminist hermeneutics, Female religious authority in Islam, Muslim Televangelism

Patrick Harned

Graduate student

Seerwan Haruti

Graduate student

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Kelly Houck

Graduate student

kellylhouck@gmail.com

Education: PhD in Persian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Iranian Cinema, Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language

Amanda Jarvis

Graduate student

Allison Joffrion

Graduate student

allison.joffrion@utexas.edu

Interests: Digital narrative-formation and cross-cultural communication

Joshua Jones

Graduate student

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Benjamin Kantor

Graduate student

bpkantor@utexas.edu |
CAL 5

Interests: Biblical Hebrew, Historical Hebrew, Hebrew Reading Traditions, Medieval Hebrew Grammarians, Comparative Semitics, Arabic, Comparing Biblical/Arabic Literature, Koine Greek, Biblical Greek

Arkan Kazal

Graduate student

akazal@utexas.edu

Interests: Modern Middle Eastern history, languages, and cultures

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Sigrid K. Kjær

Graduate student

s.k.kjaer@utexas.edu |
FAC 27

Interests: Hebrew Bible, Old Testament Exegesis, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Nabataean-Aramaic, Old South Arabian, Ancient North Arabian, Cultural Contact, pre-Islamic Arabia, Late Antique Arabia, Religious Transformation, Comparative Semitics, Gender Studies, The Book of Esther.

Aleksandr Krylov

Graduate student

Mary Lagomarsino

Graduate student

melago9210@gmail.com

Interests: Transnational Migration, Home and Homeland, Arabic and Turkish Language, Nonprofit Studies

Thomas Leddy-Cecere

Graduate student

thomas.a.leddycecere@gmail.com |
(802) 356-0197

Interests: Sociolinguistics, dialectology, historical linguistics, language contact, pidgin and creole languages; Arabic, North American English

Tracey A Maher

Assistant Instructor

maher.tracey@utexas.edu |
FAC 27

Robyn Morse

Graduate student

Mona Mostofi

Graduate student

mona.mostofi@utexas.edu

Interests: Persian Language and Literature, Iran, Language Acquisition of Middle Eastern Languages, The representation of Iranian women in literature, Turkish

Audrey Nissly

Graduate student

Tori Pell

Graduate student

torilpell@gmail.com

Juan Pinto

Graduate student

jdpinto@utexas.edu |
CAL 5

Education: B.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, with minors in Linguistics and Modern Hebrew, Brigham Young University; M.A. in Hebrew Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Language Pedagogy, Linguistics, Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Arabic

Blake Pye

Graduate student

blake.pye@utexas.edu

Interests: Arab Historiography, Medieval North Africa

Annika Rettstadt

Graduate student

annika.rettstadt@gmail.com

Interests: Counterterrorism, Middle East Security Policy, Dialectology

Darya Rudych

Graduate student

darya.rudych@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies; University of Texas at Austin B.A. Taras Schievchenko University of Kyiv, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: politics of oil in the Middle East, OPEC

Paul Ryan

Graduate student

Sarah Schwartz

Graduate student

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Joshua Sears

Graduate student

Garrett Shuffield

Graduate student

HRH 3.102 #2

Interests: Middle East and Latin America; diaspora and transnationalism; postcolonialism; "development" discourse; migration; global history.

Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

Interests: Modern Environmental History of the Persianate World

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Navdeep Sokhey

Graduate student

navsokhey@utexas.edu

Interests: Arabic sociolinguistics, palatalization in Cairene Arabic, TAFL, Arabic dialects

Babak Tabarraee

Graduate student

babaktabarraee@utexas.edu |
CALHOUN 16

Education: PhD student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Migration studies, reception studies, historiography of Iranian media, silence and sound in the cinema

Nicholas Teale

Graduate student

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Michael Turner

Graduate student

mlturner@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Arabic Dialectology, the Maghreb, Amazigh (Berber) Languages, Language Contact, Sociolinguistic Variation

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Estefania Valenzuela Mocho

Graduate student

estefaniavalenzuela@utexas.edu

Interests: Arabic Linguistics, Teaching Arabic as Foreign Language, Forensic Linguistics, and Translation

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Daniel Wang

Graduate student

dwang2@utexas.edu

Interests: Hebrew Bible, Ritual Studies

Leena Warsi

Graduate student

leenawarsi@utexas.edu

Interests: Political community, diplomacy, Egypt, India

Rawad Wehbe

Graduate student

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Jack Weinbender

Graduate student

jack.weinbender@utexas.edu |
CAL 6

Education: Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Hebrew Bible, Israelite Religion, Social / Cultural Memory Theory, Northwest Semitic Epigraphy, Second Temple Judaism, Septuagint, Digital Humanities, Open Access.


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