FLAS Fellowships

FLAS Fellows

United States Department of Education Middle East Center Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship Awardees, Academic Year 2021-22

Undergraduate Awardees

Brynna Kilcline

Brynna Kilcline (Arabic)
Linguistics

Brynna Kilcline is majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Informatics. Her research interests are focused on examining the differences and commonalities between Indo-European languages and Afro-Asiatic languages. After completing her undergraduate work, she intends to pursue a master’s degree in computational linguistics and ultimately aims for a career as an analyst, diplomat, or instructor.


Juliette Lanser

Juliette Lanser (Arabic)
Linguistics Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

 Juliette Lanser is a double major in the Jackson School and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Her academic interest is in refugee studies and human rights in the Middle East. She is already working with Syrian refugees through the non-profit Paper Airplanes where she is helping refugees find their own voices and realize their goals through English-language tutoring. She plans a career in the fields of counseling and humanitarian work hoping to collaborate with refugees to dismantle the stigma surrounding the label.


Lucida Olson

Lucida Olson (Arabic)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Lucida Olson is majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. She enjoys learning languages and has achieved advanced fluency in French. Lucida is interested in the ethnographic studies of displacement and has written on the environmental impacts of the Syrian Civil War. She is considering the possibilities of working in humanitarian aid and with refugees from the Middle East. Currently, she is participating as a transcriber with the Svoboda Diaries Project through the NELC department.


Laila Salah

Laila Salah (Arabic)
Near Eastern Languages & Civilization and Accounting

Laila Salah is a double major in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and Accounting and is also pursuing a minor in Entrepreneurship. She is interested in Arab identity in the Middle East, specifically politically, geographically, economically, and culturally. Laila will use her studies to pursue her dream of working in business diplomacy in international firms specially in the Middle East.


Isabella Shaquer

Isabella Shaquer (Turkish)
Neuroscience

Isabella Shaquer is majoring in Neuroscience with a specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience. She is currently interning on a project collecting oral histories of people from Turkey who have immigrated to the Pacific Northwest. Isabella aims to continue her study of Turkish and to gain a deeper understanding of Turkish culture as she pursues a career in the research of human behavior.


Shana Sourish

Shana Sourish (Arabic)
Biochemistry

Shana Sourish is majoring Biochemistry with a minor in Diversity. Her research interests focus on how drugs work and interact with the complexities of the human body. She is dedicated to promoting equity in the healthcare field and specifically aims to advocate for refugees in the US healthcare system. After graduation, she will continue her academic career in pursuit of a doctorate in pharmacy.


Graduate Awardees

Sophie Ossorio

Sophie Ossorio (Persian)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Sophie Ossorio is pursuing a master’s degree in the Jackson School of International Studies. Her primary academic interests include the study of political Islams; political and religious networks between Iraq, Syria and Iran; and Islamic legal systems. She is especially interested in transnational influences between Iran and the Arab World. She is the secretary of the UW chapter of the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. After graduation, she aims to be a Middle East political analyst.


Cara Reed-Ferrara

Cara Reed-Ferrara (Persian)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Cara Reed-Ferrara is pursuing a M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. Cara enters the program already holding a M.S. in Media from Indiana University-Bloomington with a concentration in design and production, as well as a focus on Persian language studies. They aim to explore new research at the intersection of art and literature and Middle Eastern studies in order to share the power of stories with wider audiences through a position in academia.


Jack Robinson

Jack Robinson (Arabic)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Jack Robinson is pursuing his master’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. As an undergraduate, he used his Arabic skills to transcribe, translate, and present the stories of immigrants from Sudan. The insights gained from that experience inspired him to employ his Arabic training to advocate for immigrants in a system where they may not be heard. Jack aims to go on to law school and to focus on immigration and refugee law.


Munteha Shukralla

Munteha Shukralla (Arabic)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Munteha Shukralla is pursuing her master’s degree in the Jackson School of International Studies. With extensive experience leading or participating in Track II diplomacy engagements in the Middle East, she has engaged with a wide network of stakeholders in Israel, Palestine, Syria, and Lebanon in the design of these delegations. Her graduate research will include a comparative analysis of contemporary policies and strategies towards Islam and humanitarianism. She intends to pursue a career the Foreign Service arena.


Seth Thomas

Seth Thomas (Arabic)
School of Social Work

Seth Thomas is pursuing his M.S.W. in the School of Social Work. Through his graduate study and work experience, he is building a comprehensive understanding of views of mental health among Arabic-speaking populations. Currently, Seth is applying his language and social work skills as a case manager at Muslim Housing Services. In September, he will begin his clinical senior practicum with Refugees Northwest, where he will be providing counseling in Arabic primarily with Iraqi refugees. To help prepare, Seth used a summer FLAS to study Iraqi Arabic and mental health in Arabic. He aims to work in both the US and the Middle East to enhance cross-cultural dialogue surrounding mental health, and to help build more equitable and abundant services.


United States Department of Education Middle East Center Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship Awardees, Summer 2021

Undergraduate Awardees

Nathalie Paradise

Nathalie Paradise (Arabic)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, and  the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Nathalie Paradise is a double major in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and the Jackson School of International Studies. Nathalie is as an undergraduate researcher in the NELC-sponsored Svoboda Diaries Project, where she reads, transcribes, and prepares for online publication Joseph Mathia Svoboda’s turn-of-the-century diaries on Iraq. Her career goal is to become a public diplomacy officer in the Middle East to promote cultural exchange and stronger relationships between the United States and the Middle East.


Janick Gold

Janick Gold (Arabic)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Janick Gold is majoring in International Studies. He is entering the advanced level of his Arabic training and will be doing intensive online instruction this summer at the Qasid Arabic Institute, Jordan. He is interested in the anthropology, politics, and economics of the Middle East, which, with a strong command of Arabic, will prepare him for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.


Graduate Awardees

Nida Kiali

Nida Kiali (Turkish)
 Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies

Nida Kiali is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Interdisciplinary Program in Near & Middle Eastern Studies. Her academic interests center on the question of Arab identity and the issue of modernity among Palestinians living in Israel. In her research, she will be examining the emergence of Palestinian nationalism, the historical dynamics shaping Palestinian national identity, and why it changed among Palestinians living in Israel.


Munteha Shukralla

Munteha Shukralla (Arabic)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Munteha Shukralla is pursuing her M.A. in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. She is passionate about contemporary US-Middle East multilateral and diplomatic relations. In particular, Munteha is interested in the subtle ways humanitarian law, religion, and nationalism impacts how the US formulates its strategy towards the Middle East. Her research will include a comparative analysis of contemporary policies and strategies towards Islam and humanitarianism.


Christopher Tutolo

Christopher Tutolo (Arabic)
French and Italian Studies 

Christopher Tutolo is pursuing an M.A. in French and Italian Studies. His research lies at the intersection of France and the Levant, with a focus on the impact of French colonial presence in Lebanon and Syria following the fall of the Ottoman Empire. With advanced fluency in French, Christopher is concurrently pursuing a graduate certificate in Second and Foreign Language Teaching.