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K. Pelin Basci (PhD, 1995; University of Texas) is Associate Professor of Turkish Language & Literature, Associate Chair of the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University. Before joining the Portland State faculty in 1997, she taught at Ankara University, Faculty of Letters, and at the University of Texas-Austin. Professor Basci's areas of expertise include women and gender in Turkey and the Middle East, and the Turkish novel, specifically issues of identity, gender and nationalism. Her personal website is accessible here.

The Media & Gezi Park | Municipalities & Parking Issues | Aging in Turkey | Performance Management & Evaluation

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Lina Gomaa (MA, 2011; University of Salford, UK) is Senior Instructor of Arabic in the Department of World Languages and Literatres at Portland State University. Ms Gomaa has a BA in Creative Writing and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from Beloit College; a BA in Arabic/English Translation and English literature from Faculty of Languages, Alsun, Ain Shams University, Egypt; and a certificate of Teaching Arabic for non-native speakers from the American University in Cairo. Ms Gomaa has taught Arabic and English to non-native-speakers at several universities in Egypt and the USA. Her research interests are second language acquisition and translation including holy texts, focusing on the Holy Quran translations into English.

Revolution, Equality & Women's Rights | Tax Regulations Protect the Rich

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Yasmeen Hanoosh (PhD, 2008; University of Michigan) is Assistant Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of World Languages at Portland State University. Dr Hanoosh specializes in the literatures and history of ethno-religious minorities in the Middle East, and also in Arabic literary translation. Her English translations of Arabic short stories have appeared in various literary journals and publications. Dr Hanoosh’s teaching interests include modern Arabic fiction, the politics of minority in the Middle East, and Applied Arabic literary translation. She has taught at the University of Michigan; al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco; the American University in Beirut; the University of Virginia; and Wellesley College.

Education & Democracy in the Arab World | Minorities in the Arab World | Water Sustainability & the Tigris River

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Moshe Rachmuth (PhD, 2010; University of Oregon) is Senior Instructor of Modern Hebrew in the Department of World Languages at Portland State University. Dr. Rachmuth earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science in 1998 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master's degree in 2004 from the Tel-Aviv University in Religious Studies. In 2004, he moved to Eugene, where he completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in 2010. Dr Rachmuth's professional interests include Hebrew literature and film, theories of humor and comedy and building of digital tools for text analysis.

Israel's Declaration of Independence: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5

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Dr. Anousha Sedighi (Ph.D. 2005: University of Ottawa) is Associate Professor of Persian and the coordinator of the Persian program at Portland State University. She is the president of theAmerican Association of Teachers of Persian. Her areas of research are Persian linguistics, Persian language pedagogy, and Persian as a heritage language. She has published articles on syntax, morphology, and teaching Persian as a heritage language. Her book entitled Agreement Restrictions in Persian was re-published in 2011 by Leiden University Press and co-published by University of Chicago Press. She is also the co-designer of the Persian Proficiency Assessment Tool, a computer-based proficiency test developed at the Center for Applied Second Language Studies (CASL) at the University of Oregon in collaboration with the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU.

Cyrus the Great | Modernism and Sexuality in Iran | Traditional Iranian Sport | Translation: Histories and Theories Pt. 1 | Translation: Histories and Theories Pt. 2

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Banu Yaylali currently teaches Turkish at Portland State University and English for Speakers of Other Languages at Portland Community College. She has a graduate degree in Teaching Languages from Middle East Technical University in Turkey where she was a faculty teaching college prep classes. Banu also worked at Miami Dade College in Florida for 12 years.  She has been in education field with various capacities  more than 25 years. Banu is a world traveler and enjoys culinary arts!

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