CASA Fellows 2018-2019 - Congratulations to Kevin Chao, Sonali Dhawan & Micki Gallien

August 6, 2018

The Department of Arabic & Islamic Studies congratulates the 2018-2019 Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Fellows who are Georgetown University alumni.

Kevin Chao graduated from Georgetown University in 2018 with a B.A. in government and in Arabic language. His interests include medieval Islamic philosophy and the politics of the modern Middle East. He is excited to return to Cairo, where he has had many memorable experiences. 

Sonali Dhawan graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Arabic and Islamic studies and in government.  She previously taught English in Morocco and studied abroad in Jordan, where she also conducted research on the quality of education offered to Syrian refugees.  Sonali also received the Critical Language Scholarship award to study in Oman.  After CASA, she plans to pursue her J.D. in human rights law with a focus on civilian protection in conflict. 

Michaela (Micki) Gallien graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2017 with a B.S. in global health and a concentration in contemporary Arab studies. She currently works as a legal intake caseworker in Beirut with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).  Micki briefly lived in Egypt in 2015 and is incredibly excited to return to Cairo.

Further information can be found on the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) page.