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Ari Adut

Assistant Professor

ariadut@austin.utexas.edu  |  232-4284  |  BUR 468

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests

  Political Sociology, Theory, Crime, Law, and Deviance

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Kamran Scot Aghaie

Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Associate Professor

kamranaghaie@austin.utexas.edu  |  475-6400  |  CAL 528E

Education   

Ph.D., 1999, University of California at Los Angeles

Interests

  Islamic studies, Shi'ism, modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history; secondary areas of interest: world history, historiography, religious studies, nationalism, gender studies and economic history

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Mahmoud Al-Batal

Director, Arabic Flagship Program. Professor

albatal@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-3463  |  CAL 414

Education   

Ph.D. - 1985, Michigan - Ann Arbor

Interests

  Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

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Kamran Asdar Ali

Associate Professor

asdar@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-7531, 471-3550  |  EPS 1.116

Education   

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests

  Gender, Health, Development, Labor History, Political Economy; Post-Colonialism;

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Samer Ali

Associate Professor

saali@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6467  |  CAL 408

Education   

Ph.D, Indiana University

Interests

  Islamic kingship, court literature and patronage, classical historiography, modern and medieval folklore and folklife, Arab women poets, oral performance of Homeric epic, literary criticism

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Blake Atwood

Assistant Professor, Persian Program Coordinator

atwood@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6605  |  CAL 406

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Middle Eastern Cinema, Film and Technology, Visual Culture, Contemporary Persian Literature

Germine Awad

Assistant Professor

gawad@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-0526  |  SZB 506H

Education   

Ph.D., 2005, Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbindale

Interests

  Attitude development expression: prejudice and discrimination, ethnic and racial identity, acculturation, immigration, and attitudes toward affirmative action beneficiaries.

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Hina Azam

Assistant Professor

hina.azam@austin.utexas.edu  |  475-8393 (no voicemail - please call department to leave a message)  |  CAL 506

Education   

Ph.D.- 2007, Duke University

Interests

  Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith studies; Women/sexuality and Islam; Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

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Aaron Bar-Adon

Professor Emeritus

bar-adon@austin.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., Hebrew University

Interests

  Sociolinguistics and language acquisition; Hebrew and Arabic language, literature, and linguistics

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Zoltan Barany

Professor, Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor, Department of Government

barany@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.232.7231  |  BAT 3.156

Education   

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Interests

  military politics and sociology, democratization, monarchies

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Benjamin Claude Brower

Associate Professor

benbrower@utexas.edu  |  512-475-6813  |  GAR 3.204

Education   

Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University

Interests

  Writing Violence in History, French Empire: The "West" and "Islam"

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Jason Brownlee

Associate Professor

brownlee@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-7304  |  BAT 3.146

Education   

Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests

  Domestic and international processes of political emancipation.

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Kristen Brustad

Associate Professor

brustad@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-9189 (no voicemail)  |  CAL 417

Education   

Ph.D.- 1991, Harvard

Interests

  My research interests include, but are not limited to: Arabic dialects, syntax, language ideology and Arabic literary and linguistic history.

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Mounira Charrad

Associate Professor

charrad@utexas.edu  |  232-6311  |  CLA 3.526

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard

Interests

  Gender & Women's Rights; Political Sociology; Social Theory; Colonialism; Comparative-Historical Sociology; Globalization; Middle East and North Africa.Gender and women's rights, political sociology, development, comparative historical methodology, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Yoav Di-Capua

Associate Professor and CMES Graduate Adviser

ydi@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7259  |  GAR 0.136

Education   

Ph.D., 2004, Princeton University

Interests

  Modern Arab Intellectual History

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Rasha Diab

Asst Professor

rashadiab@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-3280  |  RAS 104

Education   

Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison
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David Eaton

Professor

eaton@austin.utexas.edu  |  512.471.8972  |  SRH 3.204

Education   

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests

  evaluation of energy and water conservation programs, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater,new methods for evaluating and preventing air pollution emissions

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Tarek El-Ariss

Associate Professor and DMES Graduate Adviser

tarek.elariss@austin.utexas.edu  |  232-8291  |  CAL 402

Education   

Ph.D - 2004, Cornell

Interests

  Contemporary Arabic Literature, Film, and Media; Arabic popular culture and new literary genres; 18th- and 19th-century travel writing; Post-structuralism and Affect Theory

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Hafez Farmayan

Professor Emeritus

farmayan@mail.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., 1953, Georgetown University

Interests

  Geographic Area of Study: Middle East

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Robert A. Fernea

Professor Emeritus

Education   

Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests

  Southern Iraq, Egyptian Nubia, urban Morocco, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Ethnographic film and masculinity. He is actively retired from teaching.

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W. Parker Frisbie

Professor Emeritus

frisbie@prc.utexas.edu  |  471-8388  |  MAI G1800

Education   

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests

  the study of birth outcomes and infant mortality within and between race/ethnic groups

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Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Professor

mrghanoonparvar@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas- Austtin

Interests

  20th century Persian literature; comparative literary history and criticism; methodology and practice of literary translation

Kate Gillespie

Associate Professor

kate.gillespie@mccombs.utexas.edu  |  512.471.5438  |  CBA 7.258

Education   

Ph.D., London Business School

Interests

  International Business

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Karen Grumberg

Associate Professor

keren@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-5134  |  CAL 404

Education   

Ph.D.- 2004, University of California- Los Angeles

Interests

  Contemporary Hebrew literature and comparative Jewish literatures (Hebrew, French, English)

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Jo Ann Hackett

Professor

hackett@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-6951  |  CAL 501B

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University
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Hossein Haghshenas

Senior Lecturer

mehdiha@austin.utexas.edu  |  232-8064  |  BUR 539

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
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Barbara Harlow

Professor

bharlow@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-8716  |  PAR 26

Education   

Ph.D., 1977, SUNY- Buffalo

Interests

  Imperialism and Orientalism, Literature and Human Rights/Social Justice, 19th Century Novel, European Novel, Middle East Studies, African Studies, The ''Global South''

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Geraldine Heng

Associate Professor

heng@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-7480  |  PAR 213

Education   

Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests

  iterary, cultural, and social encounters between worlds, and webs of exchange and negotiation between communities and cultures: gender, race, sexuality, and religion.

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Michael Craig Hillmann

Professor

mchillmann@aol.com  |  512-475-6606  |  CAL 400

Interests

  Persian language; Persian literature, 1921-1978; medieval Persian poetry; Iranian art and culture; autobiography; the nature of lyric poetry

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Robert Holz

Professor Emeritus

Education   

Ph.D., 1963, Geography, Michigan State University
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Ghada Housen

Lecturer

ghadamohamad@utexas.edu  |  512-777-8994  |  CAL 416

Education   

BA, Damascus University
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John Huehnergard

Professor

huehnergard@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-7081  |  CAL 501A

Education   

Ph.D. 1979, Harvard University

Interests

  Semitic languages and linguistics, historical linguistics, writing systems, and ancient Near Eastern history.

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor

syedakbarhyder@gmail.com  |  475-6031  |  WCH 4.134

Education   

Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests

  Islam in South Asia, Urdu language and literature, Aesthetics in South Asian and the Middle East.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Assistant Professor

jonathan.kaplan@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-9453  |  CAL 503

Education   

Ph.D. 2010, Harvard University

Interests

  Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Judaism, Midrash, Literary Theory

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Harold Liebowitz

Professor Emeritus

liebowitz@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests

  Archaeology & art history of Israel in the Biblical & Greco-Roman periods; art & archaeology of the Ancient Near East, daily life in Ancient Israel; material culture & literature (Mishnah & Talmud)

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Wm. Roger Louis

Professor

britishstudies@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-9274  |  HRC 3.202

Education   

D.Phil., 1962, and D.Litt., 1979, Oxford University

Interests

  The British Empire/Commonwealth and the history, literature, and politics of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain

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Ian Manners

Professor Emeritus

imanners@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., Oxford University

Interests

  Conservation and resource management, urban cultural geography, and historical cartography.

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Abraham Marcus

Professor Emeritus in History

amarcus@uts.cc.utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., 1979, Columbia University

Interests

  Social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East; cities and urban life; Islamic law and legal practice; music and society.

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Michael Mendoza

Lecturer

mish3al@utexas.edu  |  CAL 11

Education   

MA '14, University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  20th & 21st cent. Arab literature, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, teaching dialects, Arab popular media, Arab news media, Arab societies and civilizations, dialect lexicography, Arabic/French/English translation and interpretation

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Sofian Merabet

Assistant Professor

sofian.merabet@austin.utexas.edu  |  (512) 471-0057  |  SAC 5.164

Education   

Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests

  Socio-Cultural Theory/Psychoanalysis/Urban Studies/Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Muslim World, Europe, and South America

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Gail Minault

Professor

gminault@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7214  |  GAR 3.118

Education   

Ph.D., 1972, University of Pennsylvania

Interests

  19th and 20th century history of India, including religion and politics, intellectual and social history, and women's movements.

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Mohammad Mohammad

Associate Professor, Arabic Program Coordinator

mamohammad@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-6650 (no voicemail)  |  CAL 415

Education   

Ph.D., University of Southern California

Interests

  Linguistics and the Arabic language

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A. Azfar Moin

Assistant Professor

amoin@utexas.edu  |  512 232-7224  |  BUR 518

Education   

PhD, University of Michigan

Interests

  Sufism and Sainthood in Islam | Sacred Kingship | History of Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

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Fehintola (Tola) Mosadomi

Assistant Professor

mosadom@mail.utexas.edu  |  471-7871  |  CAL 413

Education   

Ph.D., 1998, Interdisciplinary Linguistics and Yoruba Phonology, Tulane University

Interests

  Yoruba Language, Yoruba Cultures and History, Yoruba Women, Creole studies

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Stephennie Mulder

Assistant Professor

smulder@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-5851  |  ART 3.428

Interests

  Islamic Art and Architecture

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James A. Neely

Professor Emeritus

neely@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-471-7529  |  EPS 1.102

Education   

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests

  Prehistoric & early historic cultural development & culture change; processes of plant & animal domestication; development of urban life; ancient technology, Mexico, Iran.

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William R Nethercut

Professor

nethercut@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-3839  |  WAG 123

Education   

Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests

  Greek and Roman Literature, Egyptology

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Mary Neuburger

Professor

burgerm@mail.utexas.edu  |  512-232-4124  |  BUR 452

Education   

Ph.D., 1997, University of Washington

Interests

  Modern eastern Europe with a specialization in southeastern Europe. Urban culture, consumption, commodity exchange, gender and nationalism.

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Martha G. Newman

Associate Professor, Chair- Department of Religious Studies

newman@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-8660  |  BUR 406 / GAR 3.408

Education   

Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University

Interests

  Monastic miracle collections and monastic attitudes toward women and the poor.

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Jeannette Okur

Lecturer

jeannette.okur@austin.utexas.edu  |  CAL 509

Education   

Ph.D., Ankara University, 2007

Interests

  late Ottoman and modern Turkish literature, teaching culture and literature in the foreign language classroom, comparative literature, translation studies

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Thomas G Palaima

Professor: Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP)

tpalaima@austin.utexas.edu  |  471-8837  |  WAG 14AA

Education   

Ph.D. 1980, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests

  Aegean scripts & prehistory, Greek language, war & violence studies, public intellectual writing, music as social criticism, Dylanology

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Athanasio Papalexandrou

Assistant Professor

papalex@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-5021  |  ART 3.404

Education   

Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests

  Early Greek Visual Culture, Interconnections between Greece & Near East, Art & Archaeology of Cyprus, Greek Sanctuaries. Art as a Means ofCommunication in Preliterate Societies

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Na'ama Pat-El

Assistant Professor

npatel@austin.utexas.edu  |  232-8292  |  CAL 501C

Education   

Ph.D.- 2008, Harvard University

Interests

  Comparative Semitic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Languages in Contact, Linguistic Methodology

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Glenn Peers

Professor

gpeers@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-232-2594  |  DFA 2.508

Education   

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests

  Byzantine Art

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Esther Raizen

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Research

raizen@austin.utexas.edu  |  GEB 3.212

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Modern & classical Hebrew language, linguistics & literature; Hebrew as a foreign language; Jewish history & culture; Computer-assisted instruction & computational linguistics

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Adi Raz

Clinical Assistant Professor

adi.raz@austin.utexas.edu  |  475-6644  |  CAL 508

Education   

Ed.D.- 2009, Jewish Theological Seminary

Interests

  Teaching Hebrew as a second language to students with language learning disabilities; Jewish education

Denise Schmand- Besserat

Professor Emeritus

dsb@mail.utexas.edu

Interests

  Ancient Near Eastern Art

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Sonia Seeman

Assistant Professor

stseeman@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-2854  |  MBE 3.204

Education   

Ph.D., UCLA

Interests

  Middle Eastern music & expressive culture; Roma ("Gypsy") & minority communities; former Ottoman territories of Southeastern Europe,cosmopolitanism; nationalism; gender.

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Anousha Shahsavari

Lecturer

anousha@austin.utexas.edu  |  CAL 500

Education   

M.A. 2009, University of Maryland

Interests

  Teaching Persian as a Foreign Language, Second Language Acquisition and Application, Learners' Needs Analysis, Task-based Language Teaching

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Faegheh Shirazi

Professor

fshirazi@uts.cc.utexas.edu  |  232-9416  |  CAL 502

Education   

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Interests

  Textiles and Clothing, particularly the Islamic veil (hijab), issues of women, rituals, and rites of passage as they relate to material culture in popular Islamic societies.

Denise A. Spellberg

Associate Professor

spellberg@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7202  |  GAR 3.208

Education   

Ph.D., 1989, Columbia University

Interests

  Islam in American and European history; medieval Islamic history, religion, and gender

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Lior Sternfeld

Lecturer

lior@utexas.edu  |  CAL 407

Education   

Ph.D, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Social History, Modern Iranian History, Left movements in the Middle East, Grassroots movements in the Middle East, Transnational Hisotry.

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Jeremi Suri

Professor; Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs

suri@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-475-7242  |  GAR 2.122/ SRH 3.378

Education   

Ph.D. in History, 2001, Yale University

Interests

  The formation and spread of nation-states; the emergence of modern international relations; the connections between foreign policy and domestic politics; the rise of knowledge institutions as global actors.

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Cynthia Talbot

Associate Professor

ctalbot@austin.utexas.edu  |  475-7229  |  GAR 3.406

Education   

PhD, 1988, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Interests

  Social and cultural history of medieval and early modern India (ca. 1000-1750); historiography and historical memories, Hindu-Muslim relations.

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Hélène Tissières

Associate Professor

htissieres@austin.utexas.edu  |  512-471-5531  |  HRH 3.110C

Education   

Ph.D., 2001, French, New York University

Interests

  African and Caribbean Francophone literatures, African and French film, African contemporary art, African music, Biennale of Dakar.

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L. Michael White

Professor, Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins

lmwhite@utexas.edu  |  512-232-1438  |  WAG 212

Education   

Ph.D., Yale University

Interests

  Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean & Middle East, New Testament and Christian Origins, Graeco-Roman Religions

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Karin Wilkins

Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Professor

karin.wilkins@austin.utexas.edu  |  CAL 528D

Education   

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests

  Development and international communication, media and social change.

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Yetkin Yildirim

Assistant Professor

yetkin@engr.utexas.edu  |  (512) 232-3084  |  UTA 4.502, 1616 Guadalupe

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas

Interests

  Dispute resolution, New materials, Material characterization, Engineering education, Online training

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Abraham Zilkha

Professor Emeritus

azilkha@utexas.edu

Education   

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests

  Hebrew linguistics, lexicography, Israel and the Middle East

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