Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Master's Placement

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 |

When they finish their degrees, MA students will be well-positioned to continue to a Ph.D. program and qualified to pursue careers with internationally-oriented organizations. Among our MA graduates are those who secured positions with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the Strauss Center for International Security and Law at Harvard, the Islamic Law Library at Harvard, and the Defense Attaché Office.

2019

Patrick Harned
Supervisor: Zoltan Barany 
Research Data Specialist, Princeton University
Robyn Morse
Supervisor: Kamran Aghaie
Ph.D. student, Department of History, the University of Virginia
Blake Pye
Supervisor: Azfar Moin 
Ph.D. student, Department of Religious Studies, the University of Texas at Austin

2018

Casey Boyles
Supervisor: Jason Brownlee
Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellow at The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law
Evan Burt
Supervisors: Jeremi Suri and Zoltan Barany 
ELS Instructor at Global Arena
Adam Crawford
Supervisor: Jeremi Suri
Homeland Security Analyst at California Governor's Office of Emergency Services 
Courtney Diranieh
Supervisor: Mohammad Mohammad
Arabic and English language instructor, Austin Independent School District
Amber Howard
Supervisors: Faegheh Shirazi, Blake Atwood
Charity Division, Arab Orthodox Society, Jerusalem
Amanda Jarvis
Supervisor: Kamran Aghaie
Admissions Advisor, Utah Valley University 
Catherine Malek
Supervisor: Blake Atwood
Journalism Instructor at Huston-Tillotson University 
Tori Pell
Supervisors: Hina Azam, Faegheh Shiraz
Communication and Advocacy, Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace Supervisor: Jeremi Suri Federal Government
Darya Rudych
Supervisor: Jeremi Suri
Data Analyst at Apple Inc.
 
Bryan Sitzes
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Faegheh Shirazi
Ph.D. student, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, The University of Texas at Austin

 

Nicholas Teale
Supervisors: Zoltan Barany, Samy Ayoub
Intern at Foreign Policy Research Institute 

 

Zuli Nigeer Yasen
Supervisor: Jeremi Suri
Intern; Institute for the Study of War

 


 

2017

Agaate Antson
Supervisor: Kamran Aghaie
Editor at Postimees AS, Estonia
 
Mitchell Bacci
Supervisor: Tarek El-Ariss, Yoav Di-Capua
Ph.D. Candidate, History and Middle Eastern Studies; Harvard University 

 

Samuel Belcher
Supervisor: 
History Teacher; King's Academy, Jordan 

 

Caitlin Sale
Supervisor: 
Consultant at Wright State Research Corporation
 
Angela Tripp
Supervisor: 
Freelance Writer
 
David Wood
Supervisor: 
Journalist; The Switchers
 

2016

 
Camille Bossut
Supervisors: 
Compliance Analyst; Credit Suisse 
 
Norah Elamir
Supervisors: Denise Spellberg, Dale Correa
Program Officer and Outreach Coordinator, Arabic Flagship Program, the University of Texas at Austin
 
Sophia Golvach, MA, J.D.
Supervisors: Hina Azam, Robert Chesney
Judicial Law Clerk, El Paso County, Texas
 
Reem Harb
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Mahmoud Al-Batal
Senior Resettlement Assistant, UNHCR

 

Jeanne Canan Kaba
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Jeannette Okur
Program Coordinator and Communications Director, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law

 

Safia Latif
Supervisors: Hina Azam
Ph.D. Candidate, Religious Studies, Boston University
 
Joseph Leidy
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Tarek El-Ariss
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Brown University
 
Kate Maddox
Supervisors: Sofian Merabet,
Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, the University of Texas at Austin

2015

Gayle Fischer, MA, MSIS
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Philip Doty
Islamic Law Librarian, Harvard University
 
Anna Gibson
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Faegheh Shirazi
Federal Government

 
John Gloer
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Denise Spellberg
M.S.FIN Finance Student, Red McCombs School of Business-Finance
 

Kelly Houck
Supervisors: Blake Atwood, Kamran Aghaie
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin
 
Paige Ingram
Supervisors: Denise Spellberg, Daina Berry
Program Specialist, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
 
Phillip Issa
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Kamran Ali
Reporter, Daily Star Newspaper, Beirut Lebanon
 
Sarah Kaiser-Cross, MA, MGPS
Supervisors: Jeremi Suri, Robert Hutchings
Operational Counter Terrorism Intelligence Researcher, HSBC Dubai UAE
 
Eliot Klosterman
Supervisors: Zoltan Barany, Regina Goodnow
Intelligence Analyst, US Department of State
 
Laura Partain
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Blake Atwood
Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, Media School
 
Melissa Smyth
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Blake Atwood
Lecturer, Frantz Fanon University
 
James Stewart
Supervisors: Jeremi Suri
MBA Student, Red McCombs School of Business-Accounting

2014

Ian Gillen
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie and Jeremi Suri
Boston University School of Law
Clay Hardwick
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie
Foreign Area Officer, Defense Attaché Office
 
Emily Hawthorne
Supervisors: Faegheh Shirazi, Hina Azam
Middle East and North African Analyst, Stratfor
 
Alex McLelland
Supervisors: 
International Student Advisor; HOFT Institute ESL Program
Leah Miller
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Jeremi Suri
Analyst, Numu Consulting, Tunisia
 
Allison Minor, MA, MGPS
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Catherine Weaver
International Development Fellow; Program Manager for Arab Aid Tracking, Catholic Relief Services; Aid Data
 
Megan Pritchard, MA, MGPS
Supervisors: Jeremi Suri, William Inboden
Federal Government
 
Robyn Richards, MA, MGPS
Supervisors: Jeremi Suri, Jason Brownlee
Compliance Analyst, Emerging Technology Fund, State of Texas, Governor’s Office
 
Amy Stoller
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Karin Wilkins
Analyst, TD International

2013


Valerie Atwood
Supervisors: W.R. Louis, David Crew
Ph.D. Candidate, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
 
Daryl Carr †
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins, Kamran Aghaie

 
Stephanye Hunter
Supervisors: Karen Grumberg, Sonia Seeman
Acquisitions Editor, University Press of Florida
 

2012

Tim Arnold, MA, MSIS
Supervisors: Megan Winget, Tarek El-Ariss
Information Manager, Ramboll Environ Corporation
 
Beeta Baghoolizadeh
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Faegheh Shirazi
Ph.D. Candidate, History, University of Pennsylvania
 
Lauren Baker
Supervisors: David Eaton, Yoav Di-Capua
Project Coordinator, Project on Middle East Political Science, George Washington University
 
Jamila Davey
Supervisors: Denise Spellberg, Faegheh Shirazi
Ph.D. Candidate, Comparative Literature, The University of Texas at Austin
 
Eric Eyges, MA, MPAff
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Varun Rai
Project Management Consultant, Cognotion Research and Analysis
 
Rebecca Hopkins, MA, MPAff
Supervisors: Mahmoud Al-Batal, Jeremi Suri
Researcher and Analyst, Courage Services
 
Amy Schweiss
Supervisors: Faegheh Shirazi, W.R. Louis
Studio Manager, Pushstart Creative
 
Luke Steidl
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Jeannette Okur
Sections Support Specialist, State Bar of Texas
 
Jessica Tibbets, MA, MGPS
Supervisors: Kamran Aghaie, Robert Hutchings
Policy Officer, US Department of State

2011

Stephen Bush
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Samer Ali
Student Services Manager, CIEE Study Abroad
 
James Casey
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Benjamin Brower
Ph.D. Candidate, History, Princeton University
 
Anthony Joyce
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Faegheh Shirazi
American Historical Association
 
Jeffrey Moe, MA, MSSW
Supervisors: Yoav Di-Capua, Benjamin Brower
VA Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Clinician, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin
 
Joanna Schenke, MA, MPAff
Supervisors: Clement Henry, Varun Rai
Political Officer, US Embassy in Bangladesh, Department of State
 
Kelly Stedem
Supervisors: Clement Henry, Kamran Ali
Program Officer, UMAM Documentation and Research

2010


Leah Caldwell
Supervisors: Karin Wilkins
Journalist
 
Lauren Grifka
Supervisors: Ami Pedahzur, Na’ama Pat-El
Accountant, Zivetz, Schwartz, and Saltsman
 
Alyssa Miller
Supervisors: Tarek El-Ariss, Kamran Ali
Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural Anthropology, Duke University
 
Tatiana Poltoratskaia
Supervisors: Ami Pedahzur, Robert Moser
Nurse, Glendale Medical Center
 
Jonathan Walz
Supervisors: David Eaton, John M JR Sharp
Nonproliferation Programs, Department of State

 
 

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