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List of Graduates by Year: 2010s

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2013

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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). 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). Lecturer of Arabic, University of Rhode Island
Dissertation:  Multicultural Solidarity: Performances of Malhun Poetry in Morocco
Supervisor:  Samer Ali

Drew Paul (Ph.D., Arabic). 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). 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). 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

2012

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

Kristine Anderson (M.A., Arabic). UT Austin Hindi-Urdu Flagship Program, Admin. Associate
Thesis:  Sexual Harassment Discourse in Egypt:  A Sociolinguistic Analysis
Supervisor:  Kristen Brustad

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

Cory Jorgensen (Ph.D., Arabic). 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). 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). 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

Timothy Arnold (M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, MS.Info.Studies.)
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). Middle East Research & Development at Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce
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-Language Track). 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)
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, Middle Eastern Studies & Global Policy Studies).  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



2011

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). Lecturer (Arabic), 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). Lecturer of Arabic, Georgia State 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

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



2010

Department of Middle Eastern Studies

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

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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