FLAS Fellows

Eduardo Alvarez-Gutierrez

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Term: Summer 2014
Department: CSAMES
Degree Program: M.A.
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:

Eduardo will begin his MA in Middle Eastern Studies in the Fall of 2014. His research interests focus on 20th century Islamic political thought and Islamic movements in the Middle East. He is particularly interested in the role that Islamic thinkers play in moments of social and political upheaval. Eduardo plans to pursue a PhD in political science with a concentration in Islamic political theory. 

 

Valerie Brankovic

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Term: Summer 2014
Department: Political Science
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Mandarin Chinese
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

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

 

Nicholas Fedosenko

Term: Summer 2014
Department: Slavic Languages and Literature
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Russian
Language Level: 2nd Year
Bio:
Nicholas has been studying Russian since the beginning of college, but has been interested in Russian literature, history, and language since his freshman year of high school.  He applied for the summer FLAS so that he could expedite his acquisition of Russian. By accomplishing a year's worth of Russian in the summer, he is able to start learning Koine Greek, Latin, and Old Slavonic his senior year. In the future he hopes to enter academia after receiving graduate degrees in Russian. 

 

Noreen Madden

Term: Summer 2014
Department: Linguistics
Degree Program: Bachelor's Degree
Language Studying: Arabic
Language Level: 3rd Year
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Fernando Moreu

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Term: Summer 2014
Department: Civil and Environmental Engineering
Degree Program: Ph.D.
Language Studying: Chinese (Mandarin)
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

This summer Fernando will be studying at Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT) in Harbin, focusing on Mandarin at the advance level. Fernando’s research is directed towards Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) of Railroad Bridges using Wireless Smart Sensors Networks (WSSNs). Fernando’s goal after graduation is to conduct research and work with an emphasis on international collaborations and multidisciplinary teams.

 

Beth Ann Williams

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Term: Summer 2014
Department: History
Degree Program: Ph.D African History
Language Studying: Swahili
Language Level: 4th Year
Bio:

Beth Ann is entering her second year of pursuing her PhD in African history. Her research focuses on the role and position of women within East African transitions from colonial to independent governance. This summer she will study advanced Swahili through the Yale Summer Study Abroad program in Mombasa, Kenya.