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Lameese Ahmad

Graduate student

Mona Alshihry

Graduate student

malshihry@hotmail.com

Interests: Arabic Dialectology, Arabian Peninsula, Pedagogy, Sociolinguistics of the Arab world

Agaate Antson

Graduate student

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Katie Aslan

Graduate student

kaslan@austin.utexas.edu

Education: MSW, Loyola University Chicago

Interests: Turkish and Persian language, literature and cinema

Niaz Aziz

Graduate Student

niazmuhsen@yahoo.com

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

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Mitchell Bacci

Graduate student

mitch.bacci@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. Islamic and Asian History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: Modern Eastern Mediterranean history, social history of drugs and narcotics, transnational history, and informal development.

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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. student in Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East, The University of Texas at Austin

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

Samuel Belcher

Graduate student

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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

Evan Burt

Graduate student

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Kevin Butts

Graduate student

Jay Caballero

Graduate student

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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 |
United States

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

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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

Education: BA in Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University ------ MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Iranian Cinema; Film distribution; Persian language teaching

Briana Franklin

Graduate student

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Katherine Goodin

Graduate student

kgoodin@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Brown University

Interests: Arabic literature, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, translation studies and Egyptian culture and dialect

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Rachel Green

Graduate student

rachel.green@utexas.edu

Education: Ph.D. in Comparative Middle Eastern Literatures, University of Texas at Austin;, M.A., University of Texas at Austin in Comparative Middle Eastern Literatures; B.A., University of Chicago in Comparative Literature and NELC

Interests: Empathy, translation and affect in Arabic, Hebrew, and Francophone literatures; dialect, language standardization and cultural memory; literature and language pedagogy

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Shehnaz Haqqani

Graduate student

shaqqani@utexas.edu

Education: MA, University of Texas at Austin

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

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

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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

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

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

Annika Rettstadt

Graduate student

annika.rettstadt@gmail.com

Education: B.A. in Arabic and Arts & Humanities, Michigan State University

Interests: The Arabian Peninsula, Arabic Dialects, Terrorism and Insurgency

Javid Riahi

Graduate student

jriahi@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Pitzer College

Interests: Topical Interests: anthropology of science and medicine: nutrition, food as medicine, scientific knowledge, power. Geographical Focus: The United States and the Iranian world, including Iranian diaspora communities in the United States and Europe.

Darya Rudych

Graduate student

Paul Ryan

Graduate student

Caitlin Sale

Graduate student

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Jason Schroepfer

Graduate student

j_schroepfer@utexas.edu |
CAL 7

Education: M.A. Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Arabic Dialectology, Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)

Sarah Schwartz

Graduate student

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Joshua Sears

Graduate student

Garrett Shuffield

Graduate student

Bryan Sitzes

Graduate student

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Navdeep Sokhey

Graduate student

navsokhey@utexas.edu

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

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Corinne Stokes

Graduate student

corinne.stokes@utexas.edu

Education: PhD in Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: TAFL, Arabic/Persian language and culture, performance and verbal art, sociolinguistics, popular culture

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Phillip W. Stokes

PhD Student / Assistant Instructor

pwstokes84@gmail.com

Interests: Historical Linguistics; Historical Arabic grammar; Comparative Semitics; Arabian Epigraphy; Arabic Dialectology; Contact Linguistics; Aramaic varieties

Babak Tabarraee

Graduate student

Nicholas Teale

Graduate student

Angela Tripp

Graduate student

artripp@utexas.edu |
FAC 27

Education: B.A. History & Philosophy, University of South Alabama

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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

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Leena Warsi

Graduate student

Rawad Wehbe

Graduate student

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Jack Weinbender

Graduate student

jack.weinbender@utexas.edu |
FAC 27

Education: Ph.D., 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.

David Wood

Graduate student


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