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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.