FLAS Fellows

Jennifer Freeland

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Anthropology
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Turkish
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

Jennifer plans to pursue an academic career in the ancient civilizations and cultures of Anatolia and the contributions they made, and continue to make, to Turkish society. This fall semester she will be studying at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. 

 

David G. Beery

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

David's research interests include studying the history of the Spanish language and lexicon, the influence of Arabic on Spanish, and second language acquisition and sociolinguistics. His professional goals include the possibility of becoming a research professor at a university or using his multi-lingual skills as a language and cultural instructor for the federal government.

 

Courtney Busscher

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: GSLIS
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 1st Year
Bio:

As a student of Library and Information Science, Courtney's professional and academic interests include information literacy in developing countries and the provision of meaningful information access to the global community. She is very passionate about volunteerism and anticipates studying Arabic will provide her with ample opportunities for more volunteer work in the future.

 

Lauren Colby

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Global Studies
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Chinese
Language Level: 3rd Year
Bio:

Lauren's research for her senior capstone project focuses on the field of second language acquisition, specifically native Chinese speakers learning English. This fall semester she is studying abroad in Shanghai where she will continue her work.  

 

Ambar Flores

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: South Asian and Middles Eastern Studies
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 3rd Year
Bio:

Beginning her graduate studies in South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies this fall semester, Ambar's career goals include academia or working with NGOs or other organizations in direct contact with the Middle East. She is interested in mastering both Arabic and Farsi and wishes to bring about greater global understanding of the happenings in the Middle East. 

 

Elizabeth Matsushita

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: History
Degree Program: PhD
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 3rd Year
Bio:

Elizabeth will be starting her doctoral degree in History this school year. Her research interests center on issues of culture, nationalism, and East-West encounters in the 19th- and 20th-century Arab world, including Egypt, Syria and Lebanon. Specifically, she hopes to examine perceptions of music in colonial and postcolonial Egypt. 

 

Rebecca Miller

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Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Social Work
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Swahili
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

With this study of Swahili, Rebecca plans on pursuing her master's in social work with a more global mindset. Her future goals include starting in NGO in East Africa that trains school social workers. 

 

Jessica Sciubba

Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese
Degree Program: PhD
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

As a doctoral student in Italian Studies, Jessica is studying the impact that phenomena like current political and social revolutions in the Arab world and increase migration from North Africa and the Middle East to Europe have on Italy, taking into account the constant and multidirectional cultural exchanges occurring in the European and Mediterranean context. She began studying Arabic while a student at the University of Bologna. 

 

Kyle Trembley

Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Religious Studies
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Hindi
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

Kyle's academic interests include both Hinduism and Buddhism and he is a student and teacher of yoga and meditation. This past spring semester, Kyle studied abroad in Varansi, India.

 

Emily Vrbancic

Term: Academic Year 2013-14
Department: GSLIS
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Swahili
Language Level: 3rd Year
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Casey Jo Brege

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Term: Summer & Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Musicology
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

Casey Jo is a graduate student studying Ethnomusicology with the intent of pursuing a career in Arab music and cultural studies. Her research interests include the secular musical traditions of the Arab world, particularly in North Africa, and in women's perspectives on and participation in popular, secular performance in that region. 

 

Kate Lyons

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Term: Summer & Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Linguistics
Degree Program: Master's/PhD
Language Studying: Hindi
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

Kate's research interests focus of Hindi observed in the range from Hindi to Hinglish to Indian English and include the role of English in India's cultural sphere. This summer she will be traveling to India to study advanced  Hindi at the International Language School of Canada in New Dehli.

 

Rachel Smith

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Term: Summer & Academic Year 2013-14
Department: Sociology/Pre-Medicine
Degree Program: MD/PhD
Language Studying: Swahili
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

As both a PhD student in Sociology and a Medical Scholar, Rachel's studies are an investigation of women's access to health care under neoliberal conditions in East Africa specifically Tanzania. Her dissertation research is focused on the interconnectedness of HIV/AIDS, poverty, land rights, and gender relations within that country. This summer she will be studying advanced Swahili in an intensive language program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

 

Valerie Brankovic

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Term: Summer 2013
Department: Political Science
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Mandarin Chinese
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

This summer Valerie will be studying at Fudan University in Shanghai, focusing on Mandarin at the intermediate level. She is majoring in Political Science with a interest in international relations. 

 

Justin Del Rosario

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Term: Summer 2013
Department: Political Science
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Korean
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

Justin in majoring in both Spanish and Political Science and his studies focus on linguistics, comparative politics and international relations. This summer and following academic year he will be studying at Yonsei University and the GEOS Language Academy in Seoul. 

 

Jafir Haidri

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Term: Summer 2013
Department: Mechanical Engineering
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

This summer Jafir will be participating the Arabic Language and Culture in Morocco program through the University of Minnesota. He is majoring in Mechanical Science and Engineering and working to obtain an International Minor in Engineering with a Middle Eastern Area Studies concentration. 

 

Ashley Sheriff

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Term: Summer 2013
Department: GSLIS/African Studies
Degree Program: Master's Degree
Language Studying: Swahili
Language Level: 3rd Year
Bio:

Ashley's pursuit of a degree program in Library and Information Science and African Studies, combined with a minor in Museum Studies and a certificate in Special Collections, is preparing her for a career in Africana librarianship. This summer she is studying advanced Swahili through the Yale Summer Study Abroad program in Mombasa, Kenya.