Directory of current CMES M.A. Students

Wasil Engel

I really liked the focus on quantitative methods and data, which I felt a need to further explore when working in the migration sector in Sudan. By the time I graduate, I want to better understand big data and know how to apply quantitative tools, amongst other, to be able to design evidence-based migration policies, and deal with related questions of that magnitude. In addition, I've developed a strong interest in the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA) region, which was sparked by a study trip to Iraq in 2014 and followed by my subsequent work assignment in Sudan that ended with the overthrow of the Bashir regime in April 2019.

Alex Estrada

My name is Alex Estrada and I am originally from Austin, Texas. I am interested in the late Ottoman Empire, the histories of diplomacy and imperialism as expressed through ‘the Eastern Question’, and the connection between nationalism and mass violence in the Ottoman context. Lately, I have been fascinated by the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, particularly in the Balkans. I am studying Turkish and pursuing a career in international affairs.

He Huang

He Huang is a master student in CMES in the ancient track of Egyptology. She received her B.A. in World History from Peking University with a thesis focused on the analysis of symbolic representation of the eastern staircases of the New Year's Festival in the Temple of Edfu. Her interests include Egyptian festivals and the changes of related rituals and processions in temples and tombs during different periods. 

John Melling

My name is John Melling and I am a Master's Student in the CMES program majoring in Assyriology (specializing in Mesopotamian economics and policy). I received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Olaf College majoring in Classics. I hope to go on to a PhD program to further my education and to contribute what I can to the field of Assyriology.

Nima Rafiei

I am 1st year student in M.A. program for Middle Eastern Studies. I am interested in approaches to Qur’ānic exegesis and eschatology by Islamic reformers and mystics in the modern period and in studying the sacred texts and history of the Bahā’ī faith. I hope to pursue a PhD in Arabic language and literature and want to teach both Arabic and Persian as second languages at the university level. I am also pursuing proficiency in the Levantine dialect of colloquial Arabic. The Who and Farīd al Aṭrash are two of my favorite musicians.

Tyler Tumblety

Tyler is a first-year CMES MA student in the ancient track. His focus is Assyriology with respect to colonization and he intends to continue that study at the PhD level after graduation. He hails from New Hampshire and enjoys exploring the city in his free time.