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Featured faculty: Josephine El Karkafi, Linguistics
Josephine El Karkafi, Linguistics, is an Instructor of Arabic who is teaching three sections of elementary standard Arabic this fall.
She is originally from Byblos, Lebanon, which she describes as “one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.”
Currently ABD, the Ph.D. degree that she is now working on is in the Social Sciences at a flagship research university of the Arabic-speaking world, Lebanese University (Université Libanaise). Josephine has her BA and MA degrees from the same university, located in Beirut, Lebanon.
Her MA thesis looked at the education of women in Lebanon since French colonial times until the present-day. Her other research addresses “mixed” Muslim-Christian marriage in the city of Byblos in Lebanon, and she is now preparing for a new research project about immigration and nationality.
Josephine is in her second year in the Department of Linguistics. Last year she played an instrumental role in developing the two-week intensive course for high school students, the "Summer Arabic Language Program for High School Students," which was part of the department's Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW). The intensie component for high school students was new this year.
She is on the list of teachers ranked as excellent by their students for the Fall 2015 semester for Arab 201, "Elementary Standard Arabic I" and for the Spring 2016 semester for Arab 202, "Elementary Standard Arabic II."
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and traveling.