Class of 2020
Class of 2020
Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Research Interests: Religious identity and political Islam in North Africa, Algerian Civil War, French colonialism, language policy and politics in North Africa
Michael earned his B.A. in History from the University of Oregon, during which time he studied Arabic and French, tutored international students learning English, and spent a year in Rabat, Morocco studying politics and history. While in Rabat, Michael interned at the Museum of Moroccan Judaism in Casablanca. Upon his return to Oregon, Michael completed an undergraduate thesis in which he analyzed the discourse of ‘modernity’ found in L’Avenir Illustre, a Moroccan Jewish newspaper (published 1926-1940). After completing his undergraduate degree, Michael worked for the French Ministry of National Education as an English teaching assistant and then for the American Language Center in Mohammedia, Morocco as an English teacher. As an Ibn Battuta Scholar for Peace and Diplomacy, Michael spent the fall of 2017 in Rabat, Morocco studying Arabic. As a MAAS student Michael has pursued coursework and research on North Africa’s contemporary history, exploring the intersection between identity-formation and violent political struggle. After completing his degree Michael would like to put this knowledge and his regional experience to use through work in the U.S. Department of State, Department of Defense, or the private sector.