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Graduate Students

Rachel Brown completed her B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in 2013. Her language focuses are Persian, Turkish, and French. She is currently the project manager for the Svoboda Diaries Project and her research is focused on the ethnographical and biographical history of the Svoboda family in Iraq and other areas of the Middle East in the late 1800s.


Richard Eyraud received his B.A. in Germanics from the University of Washington. He also completed his graduate studies at the UW receiving an M.A. in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. His interests include the Arabic and Persian languages and contemporary culture. He has worked in technology for over 10 years and is currently a Principal Researcher at Getty Images.


Sean Widlake graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2011 with a B.A. in history where he also minored in political science. His continued study at the University of Washington is centered around Turkish language and cultural history, emphasizing Turkish diaspora in Germany.  His other research interests include: gender and sexuality, Orientalism, post-structuralism/absurdism, and biopolitics.


Nida Kiali received her B.A in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in 2013. She is interested in exploring concepts of empathy and sympathy and linguistic interactions between conflicted groups. Nida’s language focuses are Arabic and Hebrew. She also has fondness to Persian language and literature and will be studying it during this academic year.







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