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Michelle McCloskey

Michelle McCloskey
Major: 
Middle Eastern Studies, Turkish Language and Literature
BDP Certificate: 
Global Studies
Graduation: 
Summer 2007

I am the founder of Linguiphile, a non-profit organization that focuses on less-commonly taught, endangered, and diaspora languages.

Location: Brooklyn, NY

“The Bridging Disciplines Programs helped me focus on my goals and determine the trajectory of my graduate research and career.”

Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.

Like many of my colleagues who graduated between 2006 and 2008, we entered a very unstable workforce. Since graduating from UT, I’ve taught in Philadelphia’s public schools, worked for a major university library, and also worked for an international human rights organization. I also completed a Master of Public Policy degree at Drexel University and recently founded my own non-profit organization that focuses on less-commonly taught, endangered, and diaspora languages.

How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?

My BDP experience greatly influenced my career path. I have always wanted to work in the international sector, with a specific focus on non-profit and NGOs. My BDP Connecting Experience research focused on the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China and I continued my research during graduate school.

In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?

The Bridging Disciplines Programs helped me focus on my goals and determine the trajectory of my graduate research and career. I look back fondly on the support I received from the BDP office.