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Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures | Ph.D.


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Bruce Boville

Graduate student

bruce.boville@utexas.edu

Interests: Islamic Studies

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Saghar Bozorgi

Graduate student

saghar.bozorgi@utexas.edu

Interests: History

Marco Bunge

Graduate student

marco.bunge@utexas.edu

Interests: Linguistics

Jay Caballero

Graduate student

Interests: ANE / Hebrew Bible

Megan Ekstrom

Graduate student

mekstrom@utexas.edu

Interests: History

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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: Arabic Literature

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Ryan Fan

Graduate student

ryanfan@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

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

Joshua Jones

Graduate student

Interests: ANE / Hebrew Bible

Erin Kelleher

Graduate student

ekell@utexas.edu

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Joseph Kotinsly

Graduate student

Jkotinsly@utexas.edu

Interests: Contemporary Iraqi History, Shi'i political thought, Religious Nationalism(s), Politics of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)

Jonathan Mellison

Graduate student

john.mellison@utexas.edu

Interests: ANE / Hebrew Bible

Benjamin Rangell

Graduate student

rangell@utexas.edu

Education: Master of Arts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Interests: Modern Hebrew Literature

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Sarah Schwartz

Graduate student

srschwartz@utexas.edu |
CAL 1

Education: Master of Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Sociolinguistics; Phonetics; Verbal Art; Performance; Arabic Dialectology

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Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

sitzesbc@utexas.edu

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Environmental Histories of the Persianate World

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Babak Tabarraee

PhD Candidate

babaktabarraee@utexas.edu |
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Education: PhD student, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: media reception, new cinema histories, Iranian film, cult cinema, global art cinema, comedy, teaching Persian as a second language

Middle Eastern Studies | MA


Sophia Ahmad

Graduate Student

sophiajahmad@utexas.edu

Interests: Dual Degree: MES & Global Policy

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Carlton Barnett

Graduate student

c.barnett@utexas.edu

Education: Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: History of the Eastern Mediterranean, American Missions, Medicine, Education, Muslim-Christian Relations

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Hazem Fahmy

Graduate student

hfahmy@utexas.edu

Interests: Dual Degree: MES & Radio, Television, Film

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Alyssa Goessler

Graduate Student

agoessler@utexas.edu

Interests: Islamism, Salafi-Jihadism, Cybersecurity, Counterintelligence

Emily King

Graduate Student

emilyking@utexas.edu

Interests: photo journalism and women’s experiences in Palestine and the culture surrounding disability in the Middle East

Jo-Yin Liao

Graduate Student

jyliao@utexas.edu

Interests: Islamic theology and gender issues in the Middle East

Daniel Metz

Graduate student

dsmetz@utexas.edu

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Mona Mostofi

Graduate student

mona.mostofi@utexas.edu

Interests: Persian Language and Literature, Turkish Language and Literature, Language Acquisition of Middle Eastern Languages, Iranian Identity

Andrea Toomey

Graduate Student

atoomey@utexas.edu

Interests: Language Pedagogy


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