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Arab Studies Graduates

Class of 2017

Shannon Hayes

After graduating with a degree in Arab Studies through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, I began a two-year master's program in Arab Studies at Georgetown University. In the program, I will be concentrating on Women and Gender in the Middle East and undertaking a thesis project to continue my undergraduate work on dating and sexuality in Morocco. At school, I am working as a research assistant on the International Organization for Migration's project on durable solutions for Iraqi IDPs (Internally displaced peoples).

Arielle Korman

I am a Languages and Cultures of the Middle East major from New York City. After graduation, I will be returning to New York City for the summer before going to Haifa, Israel for the year as a Fulbright fellow. In Haifa, I will expand upon my thesis translating Jewish-Iraqi literature from Arabic to English.

Class of 2014

Noah Bricker

After Graduation I will be working for Deloitte's Strategy and Operations Consulting Group in Washington, D.C. with the potential for work in the Middle East after one year. I received a Humanity on Action Fellowship to study how economic tools are used to oppress and discriminate against marginalized groups.

Paige Donnelly

In April 2014, I curated an exhibition for Syrian artists in exile at the World Bank. After graduation I will be working for an NGO in Beirut that recruits and serves young Syrian artists in exile.

Lyla Halsted

I graduated with honors in art history and will be pursuing my Masters in Art History at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill starting in the fall of 2014.

Josh Hengen

I have received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Malaysia for the 2014-2015 academic year. Following this experience in Malaysia, I will work for Teach for America.

Class of 2013

Beau Clark

I graduated with a BA in History and a concentration in International Studies, area studies focus in North Africa and the Middle East. The year after graduating, I worked for the NGO Amal Sale in Morocco, teaching English and French and serving as their primary grant writer for ongoing projects with USAID, the Moroccan government, and the State Department.

Paul DiFiore

I graduated with a Political Science major and an Arab Studies minor. I lived in Egypt after graduation, working at the American University in Cairo as part of their Presidential Internship Program. I then moved back to my hometown of Dallas, Texas, and have spent the last several years working in corporate social responsibility for an energy company. I plan to attend Georgetown University starting in the fall of 2017 to pursue an M.S. in Foreign Service. 

Meghan Lucas

I graduated with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Arabic. Since graduating I have worked in international development research, primarily on migration and food policy. I currently work for the World Bank in Jordan, where I am managing several projects related to refugee policy. I plan to attend law school and work in immigration and asylum policy, with a focus on the Middle East.

Amelia Lumpkin

I majored in Theater and minored in Arab Studies at Davidson. The summer after graduation I worked for Amigos de las Americas  in Oaxaca, Mexico working in youth leadership and international development. Fall 2013, I moved to Boston for one year to work as a Program Fellow with The Theater Offensive--a social justice theatre committed to LGBT advocacy and inclusion.

Alex Taylor

I was an Arab Studies Major through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and will be working on my M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago, fall 2013.

Class of 2012

Leslie Adkins

I am currently studying Arabic on a Fulbright Grant in Cairo, and I think my Davidson Arabic classes gave me a strong foundation that will really allow me to delve into the complexities and nuances of the language during my study here.

Linda Flynn

Currently working at the Agha Khan Institute in D.C.

Allie Francis

I just enrolled in a 10 week class at the Middle East Institute in DC to further develop my skills. Though my job at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace doesn't require knowledge of Arabic (or any secondary language for that matter!) I hope to use Arabic in my job in the future. I recently applied for a Fulbright scholarship to Jordan. This would be a great opportunity to use my Arabic, and without the skills I gained at Davidson and in my study abroad programs I would not be a competitive applicant for the program.

Lauren Khater

This year I will be working at the Department of Defense.

Joseph Sills

I currently do some translation and write book and film reviews for Al-Jadid: A Magazine of Arab Art and Culture. After graduating I held a CASA fellowship in Egypt for one year. I will be teaching Arabic at Friends Seminary in New York during the 2014-15 academic year. I eventually hope to do graduate work in Middle Eastern Studies.

Anna Van Hollen

I will likely pursue a career in law, foreign policy, or journalism with a Middle East component. For any of these, Arabic language will be extremely useful. On a more personal level, many of the relationships that I have made while traveling in the region have turned into important friendships.

Class of 2011

Maddie Koch

After graduating, I lived and worked in Fes, Morocco, thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. I learned Moroccan Darija and took MSA at the American Language Institute of Fes (ALIF). I worked in Washington, D.C. for "Women in International Security," a department of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and just recently started a new job as a Program Officer at ICAN Peace Work, a small NGO in DC that works on women, peace and security issues in the MENA.

Class of 2010

Jennifer DeKnight

I am currently working at AMIDEAST, the premier education and training organization in the Middle East (we run study abroad programs at Qasid, I have come full circle!). I work in the Washington, DC headquarters, but will have the opportunity to travel to field offices and I often use Arabic to read emails or translate short documents such as invoices. I have continued to take classes since graduation and have traveled independently in the region, and I plan to study Arabic as a part of a graduate degree in the future.

Class of 2009

Stephen Kalin

After graduation, I studied for a summer at Qasid Institute in Amman, Jordan, then worked as a Presidential Intern at the American University in Cairo. After a short break back in the states, I returned to Egypt in 2011 for the CASA program (Center for Arabic Studies Abroad). When that ended last summer, I continued with some advanced research in Arabic political discourse and now I'm working as a freelance journalist in Egypt.

Ben Starkweather

After college, I did fundraising for the UNHCR, raising money for refugees around the world. I later lived in Nablus, Palestine, teaching children English and doing community outreach with the program Teach for Palestine. I am currently a law student at St. John's and I plan to work in immigration law after I graduate.

Class of 2008

Robert Mark

I am currently working as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army. In my first job in the Army, I managed language programs for native speakers of Arabic, Pashto, Dari, Farsi, Urdu, and Kurdish who joined the military as translators/interpreters. Currently, I am the commanding officer of a Military Intelligence Battalion Rear Detachment that supports a deployed battalion in Afghanistan.

Stewart Pierce-Gardner

After graduating in 2008, I lived in Yemen, Jordan, and Iraq for 3 years improving my Arabic skills and working. In Yemen and Jordan I worked for study abroad companies bringing American students to the Middle East. In Iraq I worked on the USAID-funded Local Governance Project working on legislative decentralization and provincial training initiatives. I moved to Washington D.C. in 2011, and have been a Research Associate with Nathan Associates, Inc., a firm focused on international development economics and trade facilitation.