Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

List of Graduates by Year: 2010s

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Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. & Ph.D.

Dena Afrasiabi (Ph.D., Persian literature and Applied Linguistics)
Dissertation:  Come, Let's Wrestle:  Language and the Struggle for Authority in Online Persian Social Networking Sites
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Bruce Boville (M.A., Islamic Studies). Doctoral student in MELC
Thesis:  Themes and Concerns of the Saudi Board of Senior Scholars
Supervisor:  Hina Azam

Kevin Butts (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Doctoral student in MELC
Thesis:  Excavating a Linguistic Category:  On the Properties of Ism Al-Fi'l and the Limits of Kalam Al-Arab
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Matthew Chovanec (M.A., Arabic & Turkish Literature). Doctoral student in MELC
Thesis:  Bereketli Topraklar Uzerinde:  Dialogic Speech as Subaltern Insurgency
Supervisor:  Jeannette Okur and Kristen Brustad

Priscilla Cunha (M.A., Arabic Language Pedagogy/Applied Linguistics). Arabic Teacher at Austin Independent School District
Thesis:  An Approach to Classifying Listening Strategies for Use in the Arabic as a Foreign Language Classroom
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Ryan Davis (Ph.D., Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East)
Dissertation:  Relating With Gods:  Investigating Human-Divine Relationships in the Prayers of Israel and Mesopotamia Using a Performance Approach to Ritual
Supervisor:  John Huehnergard

Anna Ziajka Stanton (Ph.D., Arabic literature)
Dissertation:  From a Labor of Love to Gulf Labor:  The Ethics of Translating Arabic Literature in a Global Age
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Camille Bossut (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Arabization in Algeria:  Language Ideology in Elite Discourse, 1962-1991
Supervisor:  Benjamin Brower

Norah Elamir (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  The Theological Concept of 'Isma From Early to Modern Period of Islam
Supervisor:  Denise Spellberg

Reem Harb (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Muta' Safadi and the Generation of Fate:  A Study of an Arab Existentialist
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Jeanne Canan Kaba (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  The Political Dimention of Nuclar Energy:  Analysis of Discourse on the Akkuyu Nuclear Power Plant, 2010-2015
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

Saffiya Latif (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral student in Religious Studies, Boston University
Thesis:  She was a Pious Devotee:  Piety, Authority, and Women in Medieval Islam
Supervisor:  Hina Azam

Joseph Leidy (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral student in History, Brown, University
Thesis:  Antun Saadeh in the Mahjar, 1938-1947
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Kate Maddox (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral student in Anthropology, UT Austin
Thesis:  Archiving the Present in Beirut's Southern Suburb:  Memory, History, and Power at Umam Documentation and Research
Supervisor:  Sofian Merabet


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. & Ph.D.

Reema Barakat (M.A., Arabic Language Pedagogy/Applied Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic. Florida State University, Tallahassee
Thesis:  The Resurrection of the Caliphate in ISIS' Discourse
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Claire Cooley (M.A., Arabic/Persian Literature & Cinema). Doctoral Student in MELC
Thesis:  The Citizen Viewer:  Questioning the Democratic Authority of the Camera Phone Image
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Anthony Edwards (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic, Washington & Lee University
Dissertation:  Performing Arabic at the Learned Socities of Beirut, 1846-1869
Supervisors:  Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal

Mahyar Entezari (Ph.D., Persian). Lecturer of Persian. University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation:  The Other Self:  Representations of Afghans in Iranian Cinema
Supervisor:  M.R. Ghanoonparvar, Kamran Aghaie

Valerie Montes (M.A., Arabic). Media Analyst, TechOp Solutions
Thesis:  Urban Mediterranean Dialects of Arabic:  Tangier and Tunis
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Jung Min Seo (Ph.D., Arabic) 
Dissertation:  Towards Integrating Culture into the Arabic Curriculum: Arabic Teachers' Reliefs Related to the Teaching of Culture
Supervisor:  Esther Raizen

Navdeep Sokhey (M.A., Arabic). Doctoral Student in MELC
Thesis:  The Women (and Men) Who Speak Funny: Negotiating Social Meanings Through Palatalization of the Cairene Nasal
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Philip Zhakevich (Ph.D., Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East). Lecturer of Modern Hebrew, Princeton University
Dissertation:  The Tools of an Israelite Scribe:  A Semantic Study of Terms Signifying the Tools and Materials of Writing in Biblical Hebrew
Supervisor:  John Huehnergard

Emilie Zuniga (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Visiting Professor of Arabic, Brigham Young University
Dissertation:  An Instrumental Study of Pausal Vowels in Il-Gilli Arabic (Southern Turkey)
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Tarek Benchouia (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral Student in Performance Studies. Northwestern University
Thesis:  Festivals:  The Culture and Politics of Mahraganat Music in Egypt
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

Weston Bland (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Communal Competitiveness in Transition:  Coptic Politics 1943-1955
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Willis Cumming (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Report:  Azharite Clerics in Egypt:  Protection of their Professional Religious Role in a Changing and Political Environment, 1805-1968
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Steven Damiano (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; M.GPS., Global Policy Studies)
Report:  How Iran Could Democratize
Supervisor:  Faegheh Shirazi

Gayle Fischer (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; M.S.I.S., Information Studies)
Thesis:  Digital Middle Eastern Studies:  Challenges, Ethics, and the Digital Humanities
Supervisor:  Karin Wilkins

Anna Gibson (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Federal Government.
Thesis:  Should Old Acquaintance (Not) Be Forgot:  United States' Policies and Actions in Iraq and their Effects on the Lasting Presence of Iraqi Shi'i Militias (2003-2011)
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

John Gloer (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Graduate student in Finance at McCombs School of Business, UT Austin
Thesis:  Ninth-Century Abbasid Depictions of Jahiliyya Arabness
Supervisor:  Karin Wilkins

Patrick Higgins (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Report:  Divine Victory:  Uses of the 2006 War in Hezbollah Muqawama Rhetoric
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Kelly Houck (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral Student, UT Austin, MELC Program
Thesis:  Children in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema:  Visions of the Future
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Jennifer Hunt (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  "I Died, Still Waiting on the Truth":  Self-Identification and Communicating Personal Ethics in the Documentaries of Exiled Iranian Female Filmmakers
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Paige Ingram (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; Dual-Language Track in Arabic and Persian). Staff at the Center for Survivors of Torture
Thesis:  Trials of Identity:  Investigating Al-Jahiz and the Zanj in Modern Pro-Black Discourse
Supervisor:  Denise Spellberg

Philip Issa (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Reporter, Daily Star Newspaper, Beirut
Thesis:  Abu Maher Al Yamani and the Unheralded Palestinian Leadership in 1950s Lebanon
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Sarah Kaiser-Cross (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; M.GPS., Global Policy Studies; Dual-Language Track in Arabic & Hebrew). Senior Project Manager at ACLED
Report:  The GCC Pivot to Asia:  The Security of US Interests in the Arabian Gulf
Supervisor:  Jeremi Suri

Elliot Klosterman (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Intelligence Analyst, US Department of State
Thesis:  History of Baathist Regime Resilience in Syria from 1970 to 2014
Supervisor:  Zoltan Barany

Matthew Martin (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Conflict Politics Surrounding the Advent of ISIS: An Iranian Media Perspective
Supervisor:  Faegheh Shirazi

Laura Partain (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral Student, Indiana University, Media Studies
Thesis:  Resistance is No Longer Futile:  Women's Rights in Lebanon
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

David Petit (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; M.GPS., Global Policy Studies)
Report:  Eschatology in the ISIS Narrative
Supervisor:  Azfar Moin

Melissa Smyth (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Associate Editor, Warscapes
Report:  Abu Ghraib and the Activation of Complicity:  Deconstructing the Frame
Supervisor:  Karin Wilkins

James Stewart (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; Dual-Language Track in Arabic & Hebrew). Graduate student in Accounting at McCombs School of Business, UT Austin
Thesis:  Impartial Allies:  American Policy in Palestine During the Truman Administration
Supervisor:  Jeremi Suri


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. & Ph.D.

Shaylyn Carey (M.A., Arabic). Resident Assistant, CET Academic Programs:  Amman, Jordan
Thesis:  Behind the Linguistic Landscape of Israel/Palestine:  Exploring the Visual Implications of Expansionist Policies
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Ryan Fan (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Doctoral student in MELC.
Thesis:  Verb Agreement, Negation, and Aspectual Marking in Egyptian Sign Language
Supervisors:  Richard Meier, Kristen Brustad

Kate Goodin (M.A., Arabic Literature). Doctoral student in MELC.
Report:  Translation Theory and Practice in the 'Abbasid Era
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

Uri Kolodney (M.A., Hebrew Literature). Judaica & Hebraica Bibliographer. UT Austin Libraries
Thesis:  A Different War, A Different Sex:  Gay Identity Politics in Israeli Cinema and Its Relation to the Zionist Ethos
Supervisor:  Karen Grumberg

Katie Martins (M.A., Arabic Linguistics)
Thesis:  Vowel Terminology as a Method for Dating Early Arabic Grammatical Texts: A Case Study of Kitab Al-Jumal Fi L-Nahw
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Michael Mendoza (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic at UT Austin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
Thesis:  Recurring Themes in Gulf Arabic Dramatic Television
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Muna Rehman (M.A., Arabic Language Pedagogy/Applied Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic at the University of Oklahoma, Norman
Thesis:  Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence in the Arabic Curriculum: A Survey of Learners at the Beginner Level
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Thomas Sowards (M.A., Hebrew Bible, Ancient Near East)
Report:  Deuteronomy 25:5-10:  A Rite for the Living of the Dead?
Supervisor:  Jo Ann Hackett

Julie Yelle (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Critical Language Scholarship Resident Director, American Councils for International Education
Thesis:  The Role of Language in Constructing Palestinian Collective Memory
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Adam Cameron (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Armenian iranian Identities in the Institutional Home Visit:  A Case Study
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Ian Gillen (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Conviction:  The Policy Impact of L. Paul Bremer
Supervisors:  Kamran Aghaie and Jeremi Suri

Clay Hardwick (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Foreign Area Officer.
Report:  Strategic Drift in Military-to-Military Relationships and its Effect on U.S. Foreign Policy
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

Emily Hawthorne (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Regional Director, Dubai. The Prospect Group.
Thesis:  Chains of Trust: Halal Certification in the United States
Supervisor:  Faegheh Shirazi

Alex McLelland (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Report:  Emergency Cinema in Syria:  (Re)Envisioning Documentary-As-Witness
Supervisor:  Blake Atwood

Leah Miller (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Analyst, Numu Consulting (Tunisia)
Report:  The Polisario Front and the World:  Leveraging International Support for Sahrawi Self-Determination
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

Allison Minor (M.A./M.GPS., MES and Global Policy Studies). International Development Fellow at Catholic Relief Services (Lebanon). Program Manager for Arab Aid Tracking.
Thesis:  Faith in Finance:  The Role of Zakat in International Development
Supervisor:  Karin Wilkins (with Catherine Weaver, co-supervisor)

Megan Pritchard (M.A./M.GPS., MES and Global Policy Studies). Federal Government
Report:  Formal Systems and Informal Networks:  Iranian Power Politics in Principle and Practice
Co-Supervisors:  Jeremi Suri and William Inboden

Robin Richards (M.A./M.GPS., Middle Eastern Studies and Global Policy Studies dual-degree). Compliance Analyst, Emerging Technology Fund, State of Texas Governor's Office.
Report:  Terrorism in the Sinai
Supervisor:  Jeremi Suri (with Jason Brownlee, co-supervisor)

Amy Stoller (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  True Citizens of Bahrain:  Discourse on Bahraini Identity Since the Arab Spring
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

Lauren Williams (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies) 
Thesis:  Another Other:  Redefining Feminism on Al-Jazeera
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. & Ph.D.

Christine Baker (Ph.D., Arabic, History). Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation:  Challenging the Shi'i Century: The Fatmids (909-1171) Buyids (945-1055), and the Creation of a Sectarian Narrative of Medieval Islamic History
Supervisor:  Denise Spellberg

Kevin Burnham (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Assistant Professor of Arabic, Appalachian State University
Dissertation:  Phonetic Training for Learners of Arabic
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Joanna Caravita (Ph.D., Hebrew, Arabic). Lecturer of Modern Hebrew, Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges
Dissertation:  Identidy and Anxiety in Teachers of Arabic and Hebrew: The Native vs. Nonnative Speaker Question
Supervisor:  Esther Raizen

Rachel Green (M.A., Hebrew/Arabic Literature). Doctoral Student in MELC, UT Austin
Thesis:  Towards a Poetics of the Black Hole: Trauma, Memory and Language in Samir Naqqash's Shlomo Al-Kurdi, Myself and Time
Supervisors:  Tarek El-Ariss and Karen Grumberg

Shehnaz Haqqani (M.A., Islamic Studies). Doctoral Student in MELC, UT Austin
Thesis:  Gendered Expectations, Personal Choice, and Social Compatibility in Western Muslim Marriages
Supervisor:  Hina Azam

Alan "Bud" Kauffman (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University
Thesis:  Grammar Sequencing in the Communicative Arabic Classroom: Students' Written Production
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Nastaran Kherad (Ph.D., Persian Literature). Assistant Professor of Persian, Qatar Academy
Dissertation:  Re-examing the works of Ahmad Mahmud: A Fictional Depiction of the Iranian Nation in the Second Half of the 20th Century
Supervisor:  Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Somy Kim (Ph.D., Persian, Comparative Literature). Lecturer of Middle Eastern Literature and Cinema, Boston University Writing Program
Dissertation:  Mapping Dystopia in Ebrahim Golestan's Mud Brick and Mirror
Supervisor:  Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Summer Loomis (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Assistant Professor of Arabic, George Washington University
Dissertation:  "Advanced" Arabic: Investigating Learners' Lexical Richness in the Context of an Oral Interview
Supervisor:  Esther Raizen, Kristen Brustad

Alexander Magidow (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Assistant Professor of Arabic, University of Rhode Island
Dissertation:  Towards a Sociohistorical Reconstruction of Pre-Islamic Arabic Dialect Diversity
Supervisors:  Kristen Brustad and Patience Epps

Melanie Magidow (Ph.D., Arabic Literature). Lecturer of Arabic, University of Rhode Island
Dissertation:  Multicultural Solidarity: Performances of Malhun Poetry in Morocco
Supervisor:  Samer Ali

Drew Paul (Ph.D., Arabic/Hebrew Literature). Assistant Professor of Arabic, Unviersity of Tennessee, Knoxville
Dissertation:  Border Fiction:  Fracture and Contestation in Post-Oslo Palestinian Culture
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

Jason Schropefer (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Doctoral Student in MELC, UT Austin
Dissertation:  Rihla Lughawiya Fi Il-Lahajat Il-Sa'idiya: A Phonological Description of Stop Variant in Upper Egyptian Arabic
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Johanna Sellmann (Ph.D., Arabic, Comparative Literature). Faculty Librarian of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Ohio State University
Dissertation:  The Biopolitics of Belonging: Europe in Post-Cold War Arabic Literature of Migration
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Valerie Atwood (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  The Baghdad Railway
Supervisor:  William Roger Louis

Daryl Carr (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Dual-Language Track in Arabic/Turkish). Doctoral Student in Sociology at Boston University
Thesis:  The Syrian Conflict in Lebanese Media
Supervisor:  Karin Wilkins

Hope Collins (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Linkage and the Case of Political Deliberalization in Morocco
Supervisor:  Jason Brownlee

Stephanye Hunter (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
Thesis:  Yemeni Jewish Identity in the Writing of Simha Zaramati Asta
Supervisor:  Karen Grumberg


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. & Ph.D.

Kristine Anderson (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Research Assistant, Brookings Institution (Project on US Relations with the Islamic World)
Thesis:  Sexual Harassment Discourse in Egypt:  A Sociolinguistic Analysis
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Andrey Bredstein (Ph.D., Hebrew Literature). Instructor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture, Emory University
Dissertation:  Uri-Nisn Gnesin:  Between the Worlds, Belonging to Both
Supervisor:  Karen Grumberg

Greg Ebner (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Arabic instructor and Deputy Department Head, U.S. Military Academy (West Point)
Dissertation:  Enhancing the Capabilities of Arabic Learners:  Language Learning Strategies in the Arabic Classroom
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Michael Fares (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic, University of Houston
Thesis:  Letters from the Goodwill Brothers of Basra:  A Medieval Islamic Message of Tolerance and Pluralism
Supervisor:  Samer Ali

Kaley Keener (M.A., Arabic Literature). Teaching Fellow in Arabic, Franklin & Marshall College
Thesis:  Ibn Hamids and the Poetry of Nostalgia: A Rhetoric of Collective Memory
Supervisor:  Samer Ali

Martin Isleem (Ph.D., Arabic Linguistics). Assistant Professor of Arabic, Bucknell University
Dissertation:  Language Attitude and Change Among the Druze in Israel
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

Cory Jorgensen (Ph.D., Arabic Literature). Assistant Professor of Arabic, George Washington University
Dissertation:  Jarir and al-Farazdaq's Naqa'id Performance as Social Commentary
Supervisor:  Samer Ali

Benjamin Koerber (Ph.D., Arabic Literature). Assistant Professor of Arabic, Rutgers University
Dissertation:  The Aesthetics and Politics of Rumor:  The Making of Egyptian Public Culture
Supervisor:  Tarek El-Ariss

John Weinert (M.A., Arabic Linguistics). Lecturer of Arabic, Smith College
Thesis:  Dialects in the Arabic Classroom: A Pedagogical Survey of Arabic Language Learners
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Timothy Arnold (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies; M.S.Info.Studies dual-degree program)
Thesis:  The Limits of Structural Theories of Revolution: Egypt, Scale, and Twitter as "History 2"
Supervisor:  Megan Winget and Tarek El-Ariss

Beeta Baghoolizadeh (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. student in History
Thesis:  From Fellows to Foriegners: The Qajar Experience in the Ottoman Empire
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie

Lauren Baker (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Project on Middle East Political Science, George Washington Univ.
Thesis:  Managing the Waters Within Area A:  Water Allocation in Jericho as a Case Study for Palestinian Water Management
Supervisor:  David Eaton

Jennifer Davey (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies).  UT Austin, Comparative Literature, Ph.D. student
Thesis:  Unruly Voices:  Narration of Communal Memory and the Construction of Gender and Community Identity in Assia Djebar's Far From Madina
Supervisor:  Denise Spellberg

Eric Eyges (M.A./M.PAff, Middle Eastern Studies & Public Affairs Dual-Degree Program, Dual-Language Track in Arabic/Persian). Emerging Markets Research Analyst at Ergo
Thesis:  Power Sector Reform and Renewable Energy in the MENA Region:  A Study of Interaction Between These Two Initiatives in the UAE, Egypt and Morocco
Supervisor:  Kamran Agahie

Rebecca Hopkins (M.A./M.PAff, Middle Eastern Studies & Public Affairs).  Research Analyst at Courage Services
Thesis:  The Role of Rhetoric in Legitimizing Authority:  The Speeches of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah During the 2006 War
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Rachel Leonard (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, Dual-Language Track in Arabic/Hebrew)
Report:  Arab Jews, Mizrahi Studies and Shimon Ballas' Outcast
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Amy Schweiss (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies).  Library Assistant at the Tarlton Law Library at UT Austin
Thesis:  Urbanization, Islamization, and Identiy Crisis:  The Role of Pastun Women's Mourning in the Construction and Maintenance of Identity
Supervisor:  Faegheh Shirazi

Luke Steidl (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies).  Sections Department Clerk at the Texas State Bar Assoc.
Thesis:  Value in the Turkish Model of Civil-Military Relations
Supervisor:  Yoav Di-Capua

Jessica Tibbets (M.A./M.GPS, MES and Global Policy Studies Dual-Degree Program).  Academic Advisor at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates
Thesis:  The Public Distribution System, Consequences of of US Food Aid in Iraq
Supervisor:  Kamran Aghaie & Robert Hutchings


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. and Ph.D.

Blake Atwood (Ph.D., Persian). Assistant Professor of Persian, UT Austin
Dissertation:  Re-Envisioning Reform:  Film, New Media, and Politics in Post-Khomeini Iran
Supervisor:  Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Emilie Durand-Zuniga (M.A., Arabic). Doctoral Student in MELC, UT Austin
Thesis: Word-Final Imaala in Contemporary Levantine Arabic:  A Case of Language Variation and Change
Supervisor: Kristen Brustad

Peter Glanville (Ph.D., Arabic). Assistant Professor of Arabic & Associate Director of Arabic Programs, University of Maryland
Dissertation: The Arabic Verb: Root and Stem and their Contribution to Verb Meaning
Supervisor: Kristen Brustad

Zeina Halabi (Ph.D., Arabic). Assistant Professor of Arabic, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Dissertation: Writing melancholy: the death of the intellectual in modern Arabic literature
Supervisor: Tarek El-Ariss

Shon Hopkin (Ph.D. Hebrew). Assistant Professor of Ancient Scripture, Brigham Young University
Dissertation: Joseph ben Samuel Tsarfati and Fernando de Rojas: Celestina and the world of the go-between
Supervisor: Esther Raizen and Michael Harney

Anita Husen (M.A., Arabic). Associate Dean of Student Affairs & Director of The Markaz Resource Center, Stanford University
Thesis:  A New Understanding of Heritage:  A Case Study of Non-Arab Muslims in the Arabic Classroom
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal

Farkhondeh Shayesteh (Ph.D., Persian). Lecturer of Persian, Yale University
Dissertation: In search of identity: Hushang Golshiri's Ayenehha-ye dardar and other works of fiction
Supervisor: M.R. Ghanoonparvar

Eric Young (M.A., Arabic)
Thesis:  Teaching and Learning Arabic Vocabulary:  A Learner-Centered Approach
Supervisor:  Mahmoud Al-Batal and Martha Schulte-Nafeh

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

John Blasing (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: The games behind the game: the process of democratic deepening and identity formation in Turkey as seen through football clubs
Supervisor: Clement Henry

Stephen Bush (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Student Services Mgr. at CIEE Study Abroad
M.A. Thesis: Continuity and change in the concept of freedom through three generations of the modern Arab Renaissance (Nahda)
Supervisor: Yoav Di-Capua

James Casey (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral Student, Princeton University
M.A. Thesis: On the traumatic origins of political community in modern Syria
Supervisor: Yoav Di-Capua

Alexandra Frasca (Dual M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, M.B.A., Business Administration)
M.A. Thesis: Dubai, debt, and dependency: the political and economic implications of the bailout of Dubai
Supervisor: Clement Henry

Mary Huizar (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: "There is a Limit":  Israel's "Refusenik" Movement and Its Critics
Supervisor: Ami Pedahzur & Zoltan Barany

Anthony Joyce (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Intern at American Historical Assoc.
M.A. Thesis: George Habash: A New Look at His Origins and Politics
Supervisor: Yoav Di-Capua

Jeffrey Moe (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, and M.S.S. Social Work).  VA Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Clinician, UT Austin
M.A. Thesis: The perfect storm: violence in Qasim Era Iraq, 1958-1963
Supervisor: Yoav Di-Capua

Carmen Reza (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: Culture shock, trauma, exile, and nostalgia in Iranian-American literature
Supervisor: M.R. Ghanoonparvar

Joanna Schenke (Dual M.A. Middle Eastern Studies / M.P.A. in Public Affairs). U.S. Department of State
M.A. Thesis: Oil Politics in the New Iraq
Supervisors: Clement Henry and Varun Rai

Kelly Stedem (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies). Independent Consultant, Beirut
M.A. Thesis: Syria and Saudi Arabia in Post-Ta'if Lebanon
Supervisor: Clement Henry


Department of Middle Eastern Studies - M.A. and Ph.D.

Britten Milliman (M.A., Arabic)
M.A. Thesis: Key components in a successful Arabic immersion program for high school students: a case study
Supervisor: Mahmoud al-Batal

Ahmad Aminpour (M.A., Persian). Doctoral Student in Persian Studies
M.A. Thesis:  An Overview of the Flowers of Shoran:  A Kurdish Novel by ‘Atā Nahāyi
Supervisor: Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Benjamin Koerber (M.A., Arabic). Doctoral Student in Arabic Studies
M.A. Thesis:  The Aesthetics and Politics of Rumor in Modern Egypt
Supervisor: Tarek El-Ariss

Center for Middle Eastern Studies - M.A.

Leah Caldwell (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: The Syrian private media and discourse of the development of the Syrian national economy
Supervisor: Karin Wilkins

Erica Chernick (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: The influence of religion on the character and conduct of the Israel Defense Forces
Supervisor: Ami Pedahzur

Lauren Grifka (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis:  Muslims in Manhattan: those who built it up and those who brought it down
Supervisor: Ami Pedahzur

Meghan Holder (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: Strange magic: healing and protection ritual in contemporary Islam
Supervisor: Faegheh Shirazi

Alyssa Miller (M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies). Doctoral Student, Duke University
M.A. Thesis: The animal at the scene of writing: narrative subjectivities of the Lebanese civil war
Supervisor: Tarek El-Ariss

Tatiana Poltoratskaia (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: Russia's role in the Middle East: Russian weapons sales to the Syrian Arab Republic, 1950-2010
Supervisor: Ami Pedahzur

Dart Risley (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: British interests and the partition of Mosul
Supervisor: Wm. Roger Louis

Rosalie Town (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: The development and the use of the negation particles miš and mā...š in Egyptian colloquial Arabic
Supervisor: Na'ama Pat-El

Behrang Vessali (M.A. Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: Iranian-Israeli relations in light of the Iranian Revolution
Supervisor: Kamran Aghaie

Jonathan Wolz (M.A. Middle Eastern Studies)
M.A. Thesis: Islamic foundations for effective water management: four case studies
Supervisor: David Eaton

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