Cynthia Brandenburg holds an MA in Arabic Language and Literature with a specialization in classical Arabic literature from the American University in Cairo (2008) and a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (1998). She has lived and worked in Egypt for over 10 years and has experience living and/or working in the UAE, KSA, Jordan, and Kuwait. She comes to Middlebury from the University of Michigan, where she worked as the Arabic Flagship Language Coordinator and has taught advanced Arabic and Egyptian Arabic. Her interests include classical Arabic literature and language teaching and pedagogy. She participated in the reading and translation of an Egyptian poet, Aml Dunkal, at an Intersections Poetry event hosted by Indiana University. She will continue her PhD studies at Georgetown University in the fall of 2012.