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African and African-American Studies
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS, 66045


Lecturer, Arabic
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Langston Hughes 1A

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.

GTA, Arabic
785-864-1265
Bailey Hall, Rm 9

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. 

785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Room 1C

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.

785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Ibrahima Ba
Lecturer, Wolof & Linguistics
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Room 12B
Courtesy Appointment
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Rm 9
Teresa Lesli-Canty
AAAS Lecturer
785-864-3054
Bailey, room 9
Lecturer, KiSwahili
785-864-3054
Bailey Hall, Langston Hughes 1A
John Muchira is a Ph.D. candidate at Florida State University (FSU) completing a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a focus in International and Multicultural Education. He also holds a graduate certificate in Program Evaluation from FSU, a Master of Arts in Modern Languages from the University of Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Education (Arts) with a specialization in Swahili, Literature and Linguistics from the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Prior to joining the University of Kansas, John taught Swahili language and culture at New York University, University of Florida, University of Mississippi, University of Miami, and University of Maine. In addition to language teaching, John has worked for three years in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice-president of Academic Affairs in the Critical Thinking Initiative while serving as a board member in the Quality Enhancement Plan. John is a recipient of several scholarships and awards including the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistantship at New York University where he concurrently studied Africana Studies, Matasa Fellowship through the MasterCard Foundation and the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK, as well as the European Entrepreneurship Summer School scholarship in the Netherlands.

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