, B.A. Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, UT-Austin
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I graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a B.A. in Near Eastern Studies. While at Cornell, I also participated in the Intensive Arabic Program (IAP), a yearlong intensive study of Arabic equivalent to 8 classes. IAP culminated in a spring semester abroad at the Hashemite University in Zarqa, Jordan.
After graduating, I worked for a year at the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). IRAP offers pro bono legal assistance to Iraqi refugees seeking re-settlement. My main responsibility was to interview potential clients, and translate all interviews into English.
I am now in the final year of a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas-Austin. My main research interest is Iraq, especially post-1979. This spring semester, I will be completing my Master's Thesis on the career of Ambassador Paul Bremer.