— BA in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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Valerie Montes is a second-year graduate student in Middle Eastern Studies. She earned her B.A. in Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is an alumna of the Arabic Flagship Program and the Center for Arabic Study Abroad, and most of her time in the Middle East has been spent in Egypt studying Arabic. She has also studied in Jordan and Tunisia through the Critical Language Scholarship program and worked as a resident director for CLS Arabic in Tangier, Morocco. Valerie has also worked as a language partner for the Arabic Flagship Program at UT.
Valerie's main academic interests are translation studies, Mediterranean studies, sociolinguistics, Arabic dialects, and applied linguistics. Given her interest in North Africa, especially the Maghreb, she intends to research the Arabic dialects of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia and the linguistic contributions of various waves of migration in the Mediterranean region.