Sultan Alharbi (M.A. 2018) is working as a lecturer at Majmaah University in Saudi Arabia, teaching several English and lingusitics courses.

Bakri Almari (M.A. 2014) is currently working as a lecturer of Linguistics at University of Bisha, Aseer, Saudia Arabia. 

Essa Al Nashib (M.A. 2018) is a lecturer at King Khalid University, Mohayel aseer.

Sultan Alali (M.A. 2015) is in the Linguistics Program at the University of Newcastle, working on a year of coursework before beginning research for his Ph.D.

Abdulaziz Alzahrani (M.A. 2017) is working as a lecturer at Jazan University in Saudia Arabia.

Xiayimaierdan Abudushalamu (M.A. 2017) is working toward his Ph.D. in Linguistics at Michigan State University.

Samar Taibah (M.A. 2017) is an adjunct faculty member in the Linguistics Program at WSU, teaching English Grammar.

Yamei Wang (M.A. 2017) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Linguistics at George Mason University.

Saad Alshahrani (M.A. 2016) is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Faisal Alharbi (M.A. 2015) is the Vice Dean of Al-Lith University College for Educational Affairs and Development at Umm al-Qura University in Mecca, Saudia Arabia. He is also a lecturer in Linguistics.

Andrew Bray (M.A. 2015) is working toward a Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Georgia.

Ruth Crabtree (M.A. 2015) is a Ph.D. student in Linguistics at Purdue University.

Ibrahim Asiri (M.A. 2014) is working as a lecturer in linguistics in the English Department at King Khalid University, Mohayel Aseer, Saudi Arabia. He also serves as Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Leah Esslinger (B.A. 2014) is at the University of Virginia, working on an M.A. in Linguistics.

Zeina Lubus (B.A. 2014) is working on an M.A. in Translation and Interpreting at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Liz Shar (B.A. 2014) is working on an M.S. in Sociolinguistics at Georgetown University. She also has a job as an intern at the Linguistic Society of America office in Washington D.C. 

Sami Alghamdi (M.A. 2014) is currently working on a Ph.D. at Arizona State University.

Moira Saltzman (M.A. 2014) was awarded a Fulbright Grant for research in Korea for 2014-15. She is working toward her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Michigan.

Scott Shell (M.A. 2014) is working toward his Ph.D. in German Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley.

Jinhan Yu (M.A. 2014) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Speech-Language Pathology at Wayne State.

Georgia Diamantopoulos (B.A. 2013) has stitched a syntactic tree into a tapestry! (see below)

Frankie Johnson (M.A. 2013) is an adjunct instructor at the English Language Institue at Henry Ford College in Dearborn, Michigan.

Joaquin Newton (B.A. 2013) is working on an M.A. in Education with an emphasis on ESL at Northcentral University.

Ahmed Alahmary (M.A. 2012) serves as lecturer in Linguistics in the College of Languages & Translation, and advisor for Knowledge Exchange & International Communication at Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ammar Alammar (M.A. 2012) is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Linguistics at Stony Brook University on Long Island in New York. On April 9, 2015 he presented a talk "Non-metrical vowel optimization and iambic unevenness in Arabic" at the 29th Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Sara Couture (B.A. 2012) is working toward an M.A. in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University. She is Publications Team Manager and Books Editor at Linguist List, where she also works on the MultiTree project and as part of the Reviews team.

Hayat Ferzouz (M.A. 2012) has been accepted into the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction in the WSU College of Education.

Cherry Meyer (B.A. 2012) is working toward her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Chicago.

Craig Plesco (M.A. 2012) has made good use of his linguistic training in his job as Product Creation Applications Engineer and Senior Engineer in NLP at Ford Motor Corporation. He co-authored a paper "Applying automated language translation at a global enterprise level" in the Proceedings of the 24th Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence Conference. 

Molly Alampi (B.A. 2011) is working toward her M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology at WSU.  She writes to Prof. Progovac, "I always think back to your language evolution course and how much I'd love to retake that course knowing what I know now about the brain and aphasic patients.  Your syntax course was very useful for me once I began working with patients who needed language intervention who suffered head injuries or strokes.  Understanding the structures of language helped me formulate insightful observations about the techniques I choose for therapy.  I would highly recommend other speech pathology undergrads get a dual major or minor in linguistics!"

Samuel Owen (B.A. 2011) teaches English at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Abdullah Alfaifi (M.A. 2009) published a paper based on his M.A. essay, "First notes on the dialect of Jabal Faifa (Jazan Province, Saudi Arabia)", co-authored with Peter Behnstedt, in the Spring 2010 issue of the journal Zeitscrift für Arabische Linguistik [Journal of Arabic Linguistics]. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in Linguistics at George Mason University.

Ashanti Alford (M.A. 2008) completed her Ph.D. in African Studies at Howard University in 2015 (dissertation: "National conflicts and international interventions in Africa: United States policies in resolving the two Sudans protracted wars").  She also serves as Chair of the International Affairs Committee of the Washington D.C. branch of the NAACP.

Khalid Almasnaah (M.A. 2008) serves as the Principal of Bridge Academy West in Detroit.  He is also pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Eastern Michigan University.

Rachael Brzys (B.A. 2008) has spent several years teaching English in China and Thailand. In August 2018 she plans to begin work on an M. Phil in English Linguistics and Language Acquisition at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway.

Ann Sawyer (B.A. 2008) serves as Research Project Coordinator at the Linguistic Data Consortium, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Michelle Taylor (M.A. 2008) presented a paper based on her MA essay, "Finding white voice: linguistic elasticity in black comedic performance” in a panel organized by the American Humor Studies Association at the May 2010 American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco.

Andrea Berez (M.A. 2006) completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2011 (dissertation: "Directional reference, discourse, and landscape in Ahtna") and is now an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at the University of Hawai'i.

Marie Klopfenstein (M.A. 2006) completed her Ph.D. in Applied Language and Speech Science at the University of Louisiana at Layfayette in 2012 (dissertation: "Prosodic features and speech naturalness in individuals with dysarthria") and is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

Naomi Palosaari, formerly Naomi Fox, (M.A. 2005), completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Utah in 2011 (dissertation: "Topics in Mocho' phonology and morphology"). 

IN MEMORIAM Olexandra Pakula, formerly Olexandra Gedeon (M.A. 2004).  Olexandra died peacefully on May 7, 2015 following a short battle with cancer. Her excellent M. A. essay "The puzzle of Ukrainian third person possessive pronouns: a syntactic analysis" is available in the Program office.

Sarah Murray (M.A. 2004) completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics at Rutgers University in 2010 (dissertation: "Evidentiality and the structure of speech acts" based on field work she conducted on Cheyenne) and is now an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Cornell University.

Dris Soulaimani (M.A. 2004) completed his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at UCLA in 2012. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate Committee on Teaching. He taught Arabic at the University of Michigan, and coordinated the UM Arabic Program. He will now be teaching at San Diego State University.

Nicola Work (M.A. 2000) completed her Ph.D. in Modern Languages at Wayne State University in 2009 (dissertation "Argument realization in second language acquisition of French and Spanish: a view from the syntax-pragmatics interface") and is now an Assistant Professor in the Languages Department at the University of Dayton.

Michelle Ocasio, formerly Michelle Forbes, (B.A. 1998) completed her Ph.D. in Spanish and Afro-Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2011 (dissertation: "Garifuna: the birth and rise of an identity through contact language and contact culture") and is now an Assistant Professor of Spanish and TESOL in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

James Kirchner (M.A. 1995) serves as Vice President of the Michigan Translators/Interpreters Network, which is the Michigan chapter of the American Translators Association. He works as a full-time translator (Czech, Slovak, German, and French into English) and as a part-time ESL instructor in the Detroit area.

. . . and thank you, Tom Wolff (M.A. 2002) for your truly generous recent donation to the Linguistics Program. Your support allows us not only to help our students with their education and career pursuits, but also to help faculty endeavors in the classroom and in research. Perhaps most importantly, gifts such as yours provide us with a tangible sense of the special relationship the Linguistics Program enjoys with its community of friends.


We love to hear from our alumni!  Please send your news to Haiyong Liu, Director of the Linguistics Program, Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward Ave. Suite 9408, Detroit, MI 48202.  Your financial support is most welcome as well: your tax-deductible gift may be sent to Prof. Liu at the same address.  Checks should be made payable to the Wayne State University Linguistics Program.

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