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Saleem Shehadeh

1. What do you do at your present job?
a. I am currently a Ph.D. student in anthropology at UCLA.

2. How did your education at UC Davis prepare you for your job?
a. During my time at UC Davis, I was an intern with Dr. Suad Joseph in her genealogy of media project. The experience taught me a lot about conducting anthropological research. After graduating, Dr. Joseph later connected me with faculty members at Birzeit University in Palestine where I interned with Dr. Lena Meari and Dr. Ala Alazzeh. These experiences led me to decide to pursue graduate school.

3. Are there any classes or programs you found particularly helpful?
a. I am particularly grateful for the internship opportunity with Dr. Joseph. Not only did she personally mentor me, she also fostered a critical learning environment among graduate student researchers, independent researchers, and student interns.
b. As a student who majored in ME/SA, I took a lot of classes in the language department and in comparative literature. I learned a lot from Dr. Noha Radwan especially in the realm of anti-colonial/post-colonial literature and critical Palestine studies.

4. What advice do you have for current students?
a. Be active, there are a lot of educational opportunities through ME/SA faculty. All you have to do is ask, and be willing to learn.