— BA in Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, MA in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Texas at Austin
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Laura is a Master's candidate in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Soon she will be pursuing thesis work in the use of language to establish idealized cultural images reflected in Persian and Arabic film. Following completion of her thesis, she plans to continue her education in a doctoral program and enter academia.
In 2011, she graduated with distinction from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Arts in Near Eastern Studies with a minor in International Relations. At the University of Texas at Austin, Laura has worked as a teaching assistant in undergraduate courses such as "Introduction to Islam" and "Visible Speech".
Aside from her academic interest in visual media, Laura enjoys films of several genres. Growing up in Pennsylvania and completing her undergraduate degree in upstate New York has made the Texas climate a welcome change.