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Another year of 100% placement for MES Doctoral Students

Posted: July 8, 2013
The Department of Middle Eastern Studies continues its record of 100% placement in academia since 2006 among its PhD graduates.  Below are some of this year's success stories:
Alexander Magidow was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of Arabic at the University of Rhode Island.  For the past 4 years he has enjoyed financial support through a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, and is putting the finishing touches on his dissertation Towards a Sociohistorical Reconstruction of Pre-Islamic Arabic Dialect Diversity.

Drew Paul was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of Arabic at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville).  For the past 2 years he has enjoyed financial support via 2 prestigious Graduate School fellowships:  a Continuing Fellowship in 2011-12 and a William Powers Fellowship in 2012-13.  In fall 2013, Drew will defend his dissertation:  At the Border:  The Aesthetics of Space in Palestine and Israel.

Joanna Caravita will join the faculty of Smith College (in Massachusetts' Five-College Consortium) this fall as a lecturer of modern Hebrew.  In summer 2013, she will defend her dissertation:  Identify and Anxiety in Teachers of Arabic and Hebrew.

Kevin Burnham first joined Portland State University as a lecturer of Arabic in 2011-12.  Starting in fall 2012 he become a tenure-track assistant professor of Arabic at Appalachian State University and he is currently completing revisions on his dissertation:  Phonetic Training for Learners of Arabic.

Melanie Magidow will also join the University of Rhode Island as a lecturer of Arabic.  She performed her year-long field work in Morocco supported generously by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship.  She is similarly completing her dissertation this summer:  Multicultural Solidarity:  Performances of Malhun Poetry in Morocco.

Christine Baker is joining the faculty of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania as a tenure-track assistant professor of Middle Eastern history.  Christine is probably a MES record-holder in that she won 7 FLAS fellowships in her tenure as a graduate student, not to mention multiple Graduate School Continuing Fellowships.  She has just defended her dissertation:  Challenging the Shi'i Century:  The Fatmids (909-1171), Buyids (945-1055), and the Creation of a Sectarian Narrative of Medieval Islamic History.

Somy Kim is joining the faculty of Boston University's Writing Program as a lecturer of Middle Eastern literature and cinema.  Somy earned multiple FLAS and Graduate School Continuing Fellowships to support her work.  She has just defended her dissertation:  On Witnessing:  Postwar Cinema in Iran and Lebanon.
Johanna Sellmann has accepted a library faculty position at The Ohio State University as the OSU's Middle East and Islamic Studies librarian. As such, Johanna is in the area studies unit within the library system. She will teach primarily through the Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC) Department and will be working with faculty, students, and researchers from a variety of departments, including NELC, History, and Comparative Studies.
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