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Graduate Students

Chris Facer graduated from the University of Utah with his B.A. in History and Middle East Studies. His interest include modern Near East history, the Ottoman Balkans, post Ottoman Balkans, and Turkish. Chris is looking to see how the Ottomans affected the political and ethnic structures in the Balkans, and how this may have affected their future.


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.


Sean Namei completed his B.A. in Philosophy and Minor in Persian Studies at Portland State University in 2016. He is interested in the synthesis of Iranian, German and French thought in political philosophy, economy, literature, liberation theology and radical pedagogy, specifically, Shi'ism and Marxism. His language focuses are Persian, Modern Hebrew and Arabic. His extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, recording music, revering Morrissey, and beard-stroking.


Corinna Nichols received her B.A. in Latin from Wellesley College.  Her interests are Biblical Hebrew and the ancient Near East.  Before returning to school, she worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors.



Dylan Vernon completed his B.A. in classical studies in 2014 at Seattle Pacific University. His Bachelors thesis explored the effect of translation on exegesis, focusing on the Hebrew root PTH in Hosea 2:16 and its Greek and Latin equivalents. In 2015, he received his TESOL certificate from City University. He is interested in languages, cultures, and rock climbing.


Marita White completed her B.A. in history at the University of Puget Sound in 2014. She is the author of Coffee and the Ottoman Social Sphere, published in 2013. Marita focuses on Arabic, Turkish, and Ottoman Turkish and plans to continue learning Farsi and German. She is interested in Middle Eastern food history, particularly the relationship between coffee and social interaction within the Ottoman, Mamluk, and Safavid empires. Marita plans to earn her PhD at the University of Washington in Middle Eastern food history. 



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