Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Grad students nominated for Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards

Thu, April 25, 2019
Grad students nominated for Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards






The Texas Language Center sponsors the annual Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Awards. Nominations are submitted by language students in the fall of each year. Instructors are judged on their demonstration of the following: 

  1. A commitment to teaching foreign languages and cultures--and to do so with distinction
  2. Superior knowledge of the language and culture taught
  3. A passion for teaching
  4. The ability to convey excitement about learning a new language and culture
  5. The ability to impart knowledge while challenging students to delve more deeply into the subject matter


Meet the nominees for Middle Eastern Studies:

  • Bruce Boville

Bruce is a Ph.D. candidate in Islamic Studies at UT Austin studying religion and kingship as twin pillars of 21st-century Saudi governance.  He is interested in the intersections of religion and politics in the nation-state, including kingship, the codification of religious thought as state policy, and contestations of authority.  

  • Claire Cooley

Claire Cooley is a Ph.D. candidate in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests center on overlapping the Middle East and South Asia film histories, sound studies, postcolonial theory and literature, and Arabic and Persian language pedagogy. Claire draws her methodological inspirations from media archaeology, transnational studies, and cultural studies. 

  • Seerwan Hariry

Seerwan Hariry is a Ph.D. candidate interested in Pre-modern and Modern Arabic Literature, Minorities Literature, Arabic & Kurdish Comparative Literature, Affect Theories, Translation Theories, & Language Pedagogy.

  • Sarah Schwartz

Sarah Schwartz is a doctoral student in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies. She is interested in Sociolinguistics, Phonetics, Verbal Art, Performance, and Arabic Dialectology.

  • Navdeep Sokhey

Navdeep Sokhey is a Ph.D. student of Arabic sociolinguistics at The University of Texas at Austin. She has previously worked on the construction of gendered identities through speech in Cairene Arabic, which resulted in her master’s thesis, and which she continues to research via social media and in-country visits. Expanding on her interests in identity formation, Navdeep is currently researching expressions of communal identities within the dialects of Bahrain. Navdeep was recently awarded a year-long Fulbright Student Research Grant (2017-18) for completing her dissertation fieldwork on this topic in Bahrain.

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