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Kaitlyn Armendariz
MA Student

Kaitlyn Armendariz Shergill is the Development and Alumni Relations Coordinator at the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). She holds both a  Master of Arts from the University of...
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Atacan Atakan
PhD Student
Email: atacanatakan@emaail.arizona.edu
TEL: 520- 626 8907
Office: 456D
   - Social History of the Ottoman Empire
   - Everyday Lives of Children in the Late Ottoman Period
             - Children's Literature
             - Children's Education
             - Children's Sexuality
             - Scouting and...
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Susan Atchison-Day
Email: sla2@email.arizona.edu
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Omar Basendwah
Email: obasendwah@email.arizona.edu
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Ryan Blair
PhD Student
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Robin Brackett
MA Student
Email: robinbrackett@email.arizona.edu
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Gabe Delgado
PhD Candidate
Email: jibreeld@email.arizona.edu
  • 2018-2019 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellow – Bilinski Educational Foundation
  • 2017 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Fellow - The Woodrow Wilson...
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Mojtaba Ebrahimian
PhD Candidate
Email: ebrahimian@email.arizona.edu

Mojtaba Ebrahimian is an Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Fellow and a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. His dissertation explores nineteenth-century Persian travelogues of Europe and their reflection of a new historical...
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Yahya Elsayed
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Kacey Evilsizor
Email: kjevilsizor@email.arizona.edu
Kacey Evilsizor is a doctoral student in the Roshan GIDP in Persian and Iranian Studies, specializing in Chinese and Persian literature during the Mongol Empire. She holds a master’s degree in Central Eurasian Studies from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature...
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Jie (Jalil) Gao
PhD Student, Graduate Associate
Email: jiegao@email.arizona.edu

Jalil is a PhD student of North African Studies. He is interested in political economy of Maghreb, Sino-Maghrebi Relations, the "Belt & Road" Initiative in North Africa, and foreign migrants in Maghreb. He is currently focusing on the transcultural and political significance of the Chinese...
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Aaron Graybill
Email: agraybill@email.arizona.edu
Office: Marshall 456

Aaron's research interests include language planning and policy, anthropology of education, language vitality, language ideology, Arabic dialectology, diglossia,...
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Faraj Hamdan
PhD Candidate, Arabic Language Instructor
Email: hamdan@email.arizona.edu

Faraj is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Arizona with a double minor in English literature and Islamic Studies. His dissertation focuses on Arabic literature, particularly in the context of Iraqi poetry in the 1990s....
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Rose Hattab
PhD Student, Outreach & Recruitment Associate
Email: rhattab@email.arizona.edu

Rose is a current PhD student in the School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies at the University of Arizona with a minor in English Rhetoric and Composition. She is interested in Islam and modernity within Middle Eastern societies and cultures and the politics of representation within...
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Sajedeh Hosseini
PhD Student, Graduate Associate
Email: sajedehhosseini@email.arizona.edu

Sajedeh is a Ph.D. student at the Roshan GIDP in Persian and Iranian Studies with interest in classical Persian and South Asian Literature, Sufi Literature, and Sufism. In particular, she is interested in the cross-cultural similarities and differences of the conceptions of animals in the...
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Elsayed Issa
PhD Student / Arabic Language Instructor
Email: elsayedissa@email.arizona.edu
Office: Spring 2019: Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11:00.
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Cheikh Isselmou
PhD Candidate
Email: isselmou@email.arizona.edu
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Gianni Izzo
PhD Student
Email: izzo@email.arizona.edu
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Kyle Jones
PhD Candidate
Email: kysjones@email.arizona.edu

I am primarily interested in aspects of the phonetics and phonology of Semitic languages, especially Modern Hebrew and Egyptian Arabic, which I investigate using laboratory phonology research methods. I am also interested in the longstanding debate over whether words in Semitic languages are...
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Scott Jones
Email: sjones4@email.arizona.edu

I am an MA student in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona. I'm interested in the 20th century history of the Middle East, and especially the social history of nation-building and state formation in the aftermath of the...
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Charles Joukhadar
Email: cjoukhad@email.arizona.edu
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Sehrish Khan-Williamson
MA Candidate
Email: skhanwilliamson@email.arizona.edu
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Feras Klenk
Email: ferasklenk@email.arizona.edu

Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellow Spring and Fall 2018 


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Alainna Liloia
Email: aliloia@email.arizona.edu

Alainna Liloia is a PhD student in Middle Eastern and North...
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Kelly Loomis
MA Student
Email: loomisk@email.arizona.edu

Interests include public health and media in the Gulf and Levant region. 


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Alyeh Mehin Jafarabadi
PhD Student
Email: alyehmehin@email.arizona.edu

I am majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and double-minoring in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and Anthropology. This combination brings together most of my research and teaching interests including Islam, nationalism, power, feminism, space, women and education, language education and...
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Kristen Miller
Email: kristenmiller3@email.arizona.edu
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Patrick Miller
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Mohamed A. Moustafa
PhD Student/Graduate Associate
Email: mmoustafa@email.arizona.edu

I am a second-year PhD student at MENAS. My research interests come at the intersection of Islamic intellectual history and Arabic literature. Having done my MA in Islamic studies, I published an article in the NAZARİYAT Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences ...
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Saffo Papantonopoulou
Anthropology and Middle East Studies Dual PhD
Email: saffo@email.arizona.edu

I am a dual PhD student in the Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies departments. My research is focused on the intersection of LGBT issues and the politics of Ottoman heritage in the Balkans and the Middle East, with my geographic focus on the city of Thessaloniki and northern Greece more...
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