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Adam Bursi

"Holy Spit and Magic Spells: Religion, Magic and the Body in Late Ancient Judaism, Christianity and Islam" 2015

Job Placement: Appointed as the Dee Haslam Postdoctoral Fellowship (up to two years) at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Tennessee

Dustin Nash

"Your brothers, the Children of Israel: Ancient Near Eastern Political Discourse and the Process of Biblical Composition" 2014

Job Placement: Assistant Professor of Religion Studies, Muhlenberg College

His research straddles the boundary between Biblical and ancient Near Eastern Studies through its exploration of the nexus between religion, politics and identity in the formation of the Hebrew Bible, and the repercussions of scribal engagement with these categories in the development of Judaism and Christianity.  He received his B.A. in 2004 from Luther College of Decorah, IA.  In addition, he was a visiting graduate student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from 2004-2005, received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 2007 and an MA in Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University in 2011.  In 2005, Dustin served as an intern at the Bible Lands Museum, Jerusalem.  While at Cornell, he received the Beatrice R. Kanders Memorial Scholarship for Summer Instruction in Classical Languages in 2008.  He has contributed three articles on Mesopotamian literary texts to the forthcoming "Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions." Most recently, he presented his paper "The Representation of Inter-Group 'Brotherhood' in the Hebrew Bible and the Mari Archives: The Akkadian Evidence and its Biblical Implications" at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature on November 24th, 2013. 

Hamza Mahmood

“The Qur’an’s Communal Ideology: Rhetoric and Representation in Scripture and Early Historiography” 2014

Job Placement: Assistant Professor of Early Islam in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington in Seattle.

In his free time, he receives traditional training in Arabic Calligraphy and runs a blog on Classical Ethiopic: www.classicalethiopic.blogspot.com. He graduated with a Ph.D in Near Eastern Studies with a focus in Late Antiquity and Early Islam. He received his B.A. with honors in Linguistics & Arabic Language, with a minor in Translation Theory, from Binghamton University in 2008, and his M.A. from Cornell University in 2011. His research languages include Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic, Classical Ethiopic, Syriac and Greek.

Sarah J. Pearce

"'No achievement but through Arabic': The Ibero-Almohad education of Samuel ibn" 2011

Job Placement: Assistant Professor (awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in Fall 2017)  in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at New York University.

She earned her PhD in Near Eastern Studies at Cornell (2011) and her B.A. at Yale (2005), and researches and teaches in the area of medieval Iberian literary and intellectual history. Her particular interests fall temporally during the reign of Alfonso VIII in Castile and include the Tibbonid school of translators, the rise of the Almohad dynasty, the reception of al-Ghazali in al-Andalus and medieval representations of Alexander the Great. Her current project, entitled "No Achievement But Through Arabic," is a study of two early thirteenth-century Arabic translators working in Castile and Provence and represents the revision and expansion of her doctoral dissertation. She is  also beginning work on a new project which will comprise, in part, a historiographic reappraisal of the literary sources for the life of Abraham ibn al-Fakhkhar and his relatives.

She has recently published a book: The Andalusi Literary and Intellectual Tradition: The Role of Arabic in Judah ibn Tibbon's Ethical Will

Clinton Moyer

"Literary and linguistic studies in Sefer Bil' am" 2009

Job Placement: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hebrew Bible School of Divinity, Wake Forest U.

Colin Smith

"With an iron pen and a diamond tip: Linguistic peculiarities of the book of Jeremiah" 2003

Job Placement: Professor, Baptist Bible College & Piedmont Bible College & Grad School

YiYi Chen

"Israelian Hebrew in the book of Proverbs" 2000

Job Placement: Director, Institute for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, Peking U.

Ann Brener

"Isaac ibn Khalfun: A Professional Hebrew Poet of the Eleventh Century" 1999

Job Placement: Hebraic Specialist, Library of Congress