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African and African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS, 66045
Hesham Aldamen is from Jordan and has lived in Lawrence, Kansas since 2011. He received a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature (with a minor in Journalism and Mass Communication) and a master’s degree in Linguistics from Yarmouk University, Jordan in 1997 and 2007, respectively. He received his second master’s degree in Linguistics form the University of Kansas in 2013. He earned his doctoral degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Kansas in 2018. He has been teaching English and Arabic as foreign languages for more than 15 years.
Mahmoud M. Ali is a GTA in the Arabic Program. He received his MA in linguistics from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He has also studied English language & literature, German and Arabic for his BA degree in his home country, Egypt. He has worked as English instructor at Defense Language Institute (Egypt) and Al-Baha University (Saudi Arabia), and as Arabic instructor at Ohio University. Mahmoud has done research on conceptual transfer, non-native English speech assessment as well as dialect perception and identification. He is also interested in foreign language pedagogy and proficiency assessment. He is currently working on his PhD in Education.
Allison Lewis received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 2013. She has a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in operatic vocal performance. Her thesis topic focuses on disparities that exist for African American musicians within music education and expands into the professional arena of classical music. Her research project takes place at the Melting Pot Theater in Kansas City, Kansas and works with majority African American middle schoolers. Her research provides a program that introduces students to operatic literature either written and/or sung by African American musicians and allows them to practice, participate, and perform said literature. Allison is also a FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) recipient for the 2018 – 2019 school year, her chosen language being Wolof. She hopes to further explore how West African educational practices have survived in African American communities and how these values contribute to the construction of black musicality.
Owen MacDonald is a second year MA student in the Department of African and African American Studies. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in history, political science, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies. His research looks at the formation of a transnational black political left during the middle of the 20th Century with specific attention paid to Brazil and the United States. His thesis explores the role historical memory of quilombos, or runaway slave communities, played on the formation of the black Brazilian left throughout the twentieth century, and then explores the specific case of the Revolutionary Action Movement, originally a United Statesian organization, that forms in Brazil during the 1960s and implements a successful prison break in 1967. Other research interests include W.E.B. Du Bois’s conception of Pan-Africanism and socialism, Marxian theory and postcolonialism, and the relationship between race and sports. When not knee deep in books and documents, you can likely find Owen in the weightroom training for his next Strongman competition.
Alaa received his Bachelor's Degree from the English Language Department from the University of Kirkuk, Iraq. Since then he has gained experience by teaching English and the Arabic language; he has also been an English as a Foreign Language trainer and Language Teacher for the Iraqi Government. In 2013, he was specially selected by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to participate in Advanced Teachers Training Program at the Arizona State University. Alaa is a recipient of the 2018/2019 Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship (FLTA) award. Through this, he is teaching Arabic the University of Kansas.