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Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Center for Middle Eastern Studies

Department of Middle Eastern Studies


Name Grad Year Degree Supervisor Rank Placement
Mahyar Entezari 2014 Ph.D., ABD Kamran Aghaie, M.R. Ghanoonparvar Lecturer of Persian Univ. of Pennsylvania
Lama Nassif (FLE) 2014 Ph.D., ABD Elaine Horwitz, Mahmoud Al-Batal Asst. Professor of Arabic Middlebury College
Michal Raizen (Comp. Lit.) 2014 Ph.D., ABD Tarek El-Ariss, Karen Grumberg Asst. Professor of Modern Mediterranean Literatures Ohio Wesleyan University
Muna Rehman 2014 MA Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer of Arabic University of Oklahoma
Julie Yelle 2014 MA Kristen Brustad Critical Language Scholarship Resident Director (Meknes) American Councils for International Education
Christine Baker (History) 2013 Ph.D. Denise Spellberg Asst. Professor of Middle Eastern History Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Kevin Burnham 2013 Ph.D. Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer of Arabic Appalachian State University
Joanna Caravita 2013 Ph.D. Esther Raizen Lecturer of Modern Hebrew Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges
Bud Kauffman 2013 MA Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer of Arabic Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Nastaran Kherad 2013 Ph.D. M.R. Ghanoonparvar Asst. Professor of Persian Qatar Academy
Somy Kim (Comp. Lit.) 2013 Ph.D. M.R. Ghanoonparvar Lecturer of Middle Eastern Literature & Cinema Boston Univ., Writing Program
Summer Loomis 2013 Ph.D. Esther Raizen, Kristen Brustad Asst. Professor of Arabic George Washington Univ.
Alexander Magidow 2013 Ph.D. Kristen Brustad Asst. Professor of Arabic Univ. of Rhode Island
Melanie Magidow 2013 Ph.D. Samer Ali Lecturer of Arabic Univ. of Rhode Island
Drew Paul 2013 Ph.D. Tarek El-Ariss Asst. Professor of Arabic Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville
Johanna Sellman (Comp. Lit.) 2013 Ph.D. Tarek El-Ariss Faculty Librarian of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Ohio State Univ., NELC/History/Comparative Studies
Greg Ebner 2012 Ph.D. Mahmoud Al-Batal Academy Professor, Deputy Dept. Head West Point, USMA
Martin Isleem 2012 Ph.D. Kristen Brustad Asst. Professor of Arabic Bucknell University
Andrey Bredstein 2012 Ph.D. Karen Grumberg Instructor of Yiddish Emory University
Benjamin Koerber 2012 Ph.D. Tarek El-Ariss Asst. Professor of Arabic Rutgers University
Cory Jorgensen 2012 Ph.D. Samer Ali Asst. Professor of Arabic George Washington University
Michael Fares 2012 MA Samer Ali Instructional Asst. Professor of Arabic University of Houston
Kaley Keener 2012 MA Samer Ali Arabic Teaching Fellow Franklin & Marshall College
John Weinert 2012 MA Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer of Arabic Smith College
Kristine Anderson 2012 MA Kristen Brustad Administrative Associate Hindi-Urdu Flagship, UT Austin
Azza Ahmad (Education) 2011 Ph.D. Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer of Arabic UCLA
Blake Atwood 2011 Ph.D. M.R. Ghanoonparvar Asst. Professor of Persian UT Austin
Zeina Halabi 2011 Ph.D. Tarek El-Ariss Asst. Professor of Arabic Literature Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Shon Hopkin 2011 Ph.D. Esther Raizen, Michael Harney Asst. Professor of Ancient Scripture Brigham Young University
Peter Glanville 2011 Ph.D. Kristen Brustad Asst. Professor of Arabic University of Maryland, College Park
Farkondeh Shayesteh 2011 Ph.D. M.R. Ghanoonparvar Senior Lector of Persian Yale University
Anita Husen 2011 MA Mahmoud Al-Batal Lecturer in Arabic Princeton University
Ahmad Aminpour 2010 MA M.R. Ghanoonparvar Doctoral Student UT Austin, Middle Eastern Studies
Britten Milliman 2010 MA Mahmoud Al-Batal Secondary Teacher Rutgers Preparatory School
John Baskerville 2009 Ph.D. Kristen Brustad Academy Prof. of Arabic West Point, USMA
Steven Robertson 2009 MA Kristen Brustad U.S. Government


Center for Middle Eastern Studies


Name Grad Year Degree Supervisor Position Placement
Allison Minor 2014 MA, MGPS Karin Wilkins International Development Fellow; Program Manager for Arab Aid Tracking Catholic Relief Services (Beirut/Amman); Aid Data
Megan Pritchard 2014 MA, MGPS Jeremi Suri, William Inboden Federal Government
Robin Richards 2014 MA, MGPS Jeremi Suri, Jason Brownlee Compliance Analyst, Emerging Technology Fund State of Texas, Governor's Office
Daryl Carr 2013 MA Karin Wilkins Doctoral Student Boston Univ., Dept. of Sociology
Stephanye Hunter 2013 MA Karen Grumberg University Press of Florida
Tim Arnold 2012 MA, MSIS Megan Winget, Tarek El-Ariss Information Manager Environ Corporation
Beeta Baghoolizadeh 2012 MA Kamran Aghaie Ph.D. Candidate UPenn, Dept. of History
Lauren Baker 2012 MA David Eaton Academic Advisor UAE Embassy, Washington DC
Jennifer Davey 2012 MA Denise Spellberg Doctoral Student University of Texas, Comparative Literature
Eric Eyges 2012 MA/MPAff Kamran Aghaie Project Management Consultant Cognotion Research & Analysis
Rebecca Hopkins 2012 MA/MPAff Mahmoud Al-Batal & Jeremi Suri Researcher & Analyst Courage Services
Amy Schweiss 2012 MA Faegheh Shirazi Studio Manager Pushstart Creative
Luke Steidl 2012 MA Yoav Di-Capua Sections Support Specialist State Bar of Texas
Jessica Tibbets 2012 MA/MGPS Kamran Aghaie & Robert Hutchings Policy Officer US Department of State
Stephen Bush 2011 MA Yoav Di-Capua Student Services Manager CIEE Study Abroad
James Casey 2011 MA Yoav Di-Capua Doctoral Student Princeton University, History
Mary Huizar 2011 MA Ami Pedahzur & Zoltan Barany
Anthony Joyce 2011 MA Yoav Di-Capua Intern American Historical Assoc.
Jeffrey Moe 2011 MA & MSSW Yoav Di-Capua VA Outreach Coordinator and Mental Health Clinician UT Austin, School of Social Work
Joanna Schenke 2011 MA/MPAff Clement Henry, Varun Rai Department of State
Kelly Stedem 2011 MA Clement Henry 1) Program Officer, 2) Translator 1) Hayya Bina, 2) UMAM Documentation & Research
Leah Caldwell 2010 MA Karin Wilkins Freelance Journalist
Lauren Grifka 2010 MA Ami Pedahzur Accountant Zivetz, Schwartz & Saltsman
Alyssa Miller 2010 MA Tarek El-Ariss Doctoral Student, Cultural Anthropology Duke University
Tatiana Poltoratskaia 2010 MA Ami Pedahzur Peace Corps
Behrang Vessali 2010 MA Kamran Aghaie Nurse Glendale Medical Center
Jonathon Walz 2010 MA David Eaton Nonproliferation Programs Department of State
Nathan Abercrombie 2009 MA Christopher Jablonowski, Kamran Aghaie Research Associate Janus Capital Group
Alexandra Blasé 2009 MA Harold Liebowitz Banker Citibank
Kristy Blumeyer-Martinez 2009 MA Hina Azam Law Student UC Davis Law School
Matthew Boris 2009 MA Kamran Aghaie All-Source Analyst BAE Systems
Christopher Dunn 2009 MA Ami Pedahzur Linguist
Mahyar Entezari 2009 MA M.R. Ghanoonparvar Doctoral Student UT Austin, MES
Cameron Thibos 2009 MA Kate Gillespie Research Assistant Migration Policy Centre
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