FLAS Fellowships

FLAS Fellows

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

Learn more about Middle East Center FLAS Fellowships 2020-21

Undergraduate Awardees

Piper Coyner

Piper Coyner (Persian)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Piper Coyner is a sophomore majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. She is building a broad foundational understanding of the Middle East while developing a strong interest in Persian literature as she works to gain a deeper understanding of the Persian literary canon. Literature is her passion and she sees it as a gateway to the essence of cultures. She is aiming to continue her studies at the graduate level learning more Middle Eastern languages and increasing her knowledge of Middle East cultures.


Aniyah Mohammed

Aniyah Mohammed (Arabic)
Psychology and Communications

Aniyah Mohammed is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Communications. She plans to pursue graduate work in child development, counseling, social and clinical psychology as she aims to bring improvements to the mental health of refugees. With a severe shortage of mental health providers in the Arab World, she plans to concentrate on the Syrian refugee crisis and improving access to mental health care.


Sophie Ossorio

Sophie Ossorio (Arabic)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Sophie Ossorio is majoring in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. She aims to pursue an M.A. in Middle East Studies and ultimately to work in the national security field.

 


Maryanna Wu

Maryanna Wu (Arabic)
Physics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Maryanna Wu is pursuing a double major in Biophysics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. As she increases her Arabic language skills and strengthened her area knowledge of the Middle East, she has begun to focus her studies on the outcomes of the Arab Spring and the Syrian refugee crisis. She intends to go on to medical school specializing in trauma surgery and hopes to join Doctors without Borders to work in conflict zones in the Middle East.


Graduate Awardees

Graham Harper

Graham Harper (Hebrew)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Graham Harper is pursuing his M.A. student in the Middle East Studies. His research focuses on proxy terror groups in Iran. This past summer he interned with the International Institute for Counterterrorism (ICT) in Israel gaining valuable experience. He is continuing his language and area studies in Israel fall quarter, where he is particularly interested in comparing Israeli counterterror practices to those in the US. After graduation Graham will be commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army.


Owen Harris

Owen Harris (Arabic)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Evans School of Public Affairs

Owen Harris is pursuing concurrent M.A. degrees in International Studies and Public Administration.  He has worked extensively with refugee organizations in Jordan and Turkey with an interest in serving LGBT+ and marginalized communities. Combining his knowledge and training in public policy, management, and economics with his area and language studies, he aims to return to the Middle East to develop policies for international human rights organizations while advocating for marginalized communities.


Erin Kelleher

Erin Kelleher (Turkish)
Near Eastern Languages and Civilization

Erin Kelleher is pursuing an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilization. She is primarily interested in modern Middle East history. Her research focuses on print media in 19th century Egypt and the broader Ottoman Empire by way of nationalism, anti-colonialism, and Pan-Islamism.


Chase Procknow

Chase Procknow (Arabic)
Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies

Chase Procknow is pursuing an M.A. in Middle East Studies. Chase has significant experience in the MENA region, having taught high school in Jordan for five years, studied Arabic in Lebanon and Morocco, and interned for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Algeria. Drawing on his experience as an educator, Chase will focus his research on Arabic Language pedagogy and will explore the history, challenges, and future trends of this area. Chase hopes to either return to the field of education or join the Foreign Service upon the completion of his degree.