Sam Selsky is a recipient of the Summer 2015 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
I’m a recent graduate from the University of Washington, where I majored in Political Science. As an undergraduate, my research focused on Al-Jazeera’s role in US-Qatari relations during the “War on Terror.” I currently live in Beirut, Lebanon, where I conduct research and translation work at an NGO that focuses on locating the whereabouts of the thousands of individuals who were forcibly disappeared during Lebanon’s civil war. My FLAS summer fellowship in Fez, Morocco, helped me to gain the necessary proficiency in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to read media sources and translate Arabic-language documents for my work.