Political Science graduate student Tyler Schuenemann has been awarded a 2013 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. Under this program, Schuenemann will spend the summer learning advanced Arabic through an intensive immersion program based at Alexandria University in Egypt.
This language study will better prepare Schuenemann for his dissertation field work, which will examine practices of sacrifice by those resisting and enforcing the state in the contemporary Middle East.
A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. Schuenemann's award is the only CLS Arabic Language Program which does not require recipients to work for the US Government before or after completing the language training, thereby making it a very competitive program for social scientists and other researchers.
- Student News