Our Faculty and Staff
Dr. Peter Glanville is an Associate Professor of Arabic and the Director of the Arabic Flagship Program.
He earned his Ph.D. in Arabic linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds an MSc in Applied Linguistics, awarded with distinction by the University of Edinburgh. His interest in Arabic began in Oman, where he lived for four years, teaching English at Sultan Qaboos University before continuing his graduate studies. His research focus is Arabic linguistics, and he wrote his doctoral thesis on root and stem morphology and the Arabic verb.
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Dr. Valerie Anishchenkova is an Associate Professor of Arabic and the Co-PI of the Arabic Flagship Program. She is also the PI and Director of the Flagship Culture Initiative.
She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she taught Arabic language, literature, and culture classes and did curricular development work at Tufts University, University of Michigan, and Middlebury Summer School. Dr. Anishchenkova's current research areas are identity studies, modern Arabic literature and culture, film and television studies, and cultural discourses on war. Her book Autobiographical Identities in Contemporary Arab Culture was published in 2014 with the Edinburgh University Press (UK). Dr. Anishchenkova's extensive administrative experiences are in the area of program leadership and curriculum development. Her pedagogical interests focus on designing content courses in English and Arabic that address the issues of cultural competence. She is also core faculty in the Film Studies Program and core affiliate in Comparative Literature.
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Jason DeSanto Jones is the Administrative Director for the Arabic and Persian Flagships, Summer Institute, and Project GO.
He joins us from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where he served as Associate Director for the Smith Undergraduate Program. Jason is a two-time graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and Biology, as well as a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration. As a lifelong student of language education, a frequent world traveller, and a former study abroad participant (Universidad de Guanajuato, Mexico - 1999), Jason is tremendously excited to join ARHU-SLLC in its efforts to revolutionize the delivery of language and culture education for students.
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Reed Kafer is the Program Coordinator for the Arabic Flagship Program.
He is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. in Arabic Studies with a minor in Germanic Studies. He is also a recent alumus of the UMD Arabic Flagship Program, having completed his Capstone year studying abroad in Meknes, Morocco. Reed has experience in Modern Standard, Egyptian, and Moroccan dialects.
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Joseph Bass is the Coordinator for the Flagship Culture Initiative.
He speaks both Portuguese and Spanish and has spent time living in countries such as Brazil, Argentina, and Costa Rica After graduating from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a degree in anthropology and Spanish, he began his career in education as an ESL teacher in Brazil where he taught for two years. Upon returning to the US, he completed his master's degree in international education. Joseph has also taught ESL at the Brazilian Consulate of Miami and on several college campuses in the Miami area. Joseph's experience includes work in the nonprofit field as well, where he gained experience in grant report writing and translating for programs in Latin America on education, global health, human rights, and development. He also previously served as the International Student Registrar for Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland. Joseph also comes to us with experience in federal government contract management, where he previously set up and managed foreign language training programs for military personnel throughout the US in over 20 foreign languages.
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Omar graduated from the University of Maryland, where he received his B.A. in Arabic Studies. He is a 2012 alum of the UMD Arabic Flagship Program, having completed his Capstone year studying abroad in Alexandria, Egypt. After graduating from the University of Maryland he began his career in Globalization working with Oil and Gas Giants Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP in Houston, TX as well as being the point-person for Basrah Gas Company logistics for travel out of Iraq. Omar continued to work in Globalization moving to Boston where he served as a Cost-of-Living Analyst traveling to over 40 countries with AIR-INC. Omar’s experience includes informal Arabic instruction and tutoring for youth and college students alike. Omar also comes to us with experience in language program coordination, where he previously served as the Assistant Resident Director with American Councils’ NSLI-Y Program in Amman, Jordan. For fun, he enjoys travel, soccer and learning about different cultures.
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Lutf Alkebsi is a Senior Lecturer in the Arabic department.
He received his M.A. in Arabic from Sana’a University (Yemen) in 2006. Lutf comes to us from Tufts University where he was a lecturer in Arabic (2009-2010). Prior to Tufts, he was a lecturer in Arabic at Brandeis University (2006-2009), where he taught a variety of courses on Arabic language and culture. He was also among the core faculty at Middlebury Arabic Summer School for eight summer semesters. He brings to us extensive pedagogical experience in all levels of Arabic (beginning, intermediate, and advanced), as well as his artistry in Arabic calligraphy. His teaching experiences overseas include diverse Arabic courses at the Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies in Yemen.
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Ahmed Hanafy is a Lecturer in the Arabic Department.
Ahmed graduated from Alexandria University where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Education from the School of Education, specialized in teaching English as a foreign language. Then, he continued his Master’s studies in English-Arabic Translation.
Prior to joining the department, Ahmed worked at Alexandria University as a lecturer of Arabic as a foreign language. Moreover, He has experience teaching overseas as a lecturer at the Arabic Flagship capstone program in Morocco. He has also taught at the Summer Language Institute at the University of Maryland for several years. Ahmed also has experience developing academic materials and teaching English as a foreign language in Egypt
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Samah Al-Salami is a Lecturer in the Arabic department.
She joined the University of Maryland in fall 2018 after previously teaching at Brandeis University (2007-2009) and Tufts University (2009-2010). Originally from Yemen, she holds a B.A. in English teaching from Sana’a University’s Faculty of Education and taught Arabic as a foreign language for two years at the University of Science and Technology, Center of Arabic Language and Eastern Studies. She has a passion for teaching culture and brings this enthusiasm to the classroom through cultural activities like cooking different regional cuisines and bringing in traditional clothing from the Arab world. She always encourages her students to communicate in Arabic both in and out of the classroom to enhance their learning.
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