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Hannah Essien

Hannah Essien

Lecturer

African Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 148A

609-258-1837

hessien@princeton.edu

Essien is a lecturer  with the Program in African Studies and the Arabic Language Program. She comes to Princeton University from Indiana University, where she was an instructor of Twi language and Akan culture in the Department of African Studies. Essien has also taught English at the Ghana Institute of Languages; and Arabic at the University of Ghana, the Summer Cooperative African Languages Institute at Michigan State University, and the University of Illinois. Ph.D. Indiana University.

Fauzia Farooqui

Lecturer

South Asian Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 147B

609-258-8324

fauzia@princeton.edu

Farooqui is a lecturer with the Program in South Asian Studies. Her primary interests are Urdu-Hindi language and literature, literary criticism and women’s studies. Her current research projects focus on the poetics of contemporary Urdu poetry, debates about modernism and postmodernism in Urdu literary criticism, and Urdu-Hindi literary feminism. Farooqui’s publications include a monograph on Urdu prose poetry and Beginning Urdu and Beginning Hindi, parallel introductory Hindi and Urdu textbooks that she coauthored. She has also published various pieces of original poetry, fiction and literary criticism in leading Urdu literary journals. She is featured in Hindustaani Shairaat, an anthology of Urdu female poets of India. Prior to joining Princeton, she taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan. She currently serves as the Vice President of the South Asian Language Teachers Association (SALTA). She earned her Ph.D. from Lucknow University.

Mahiri Mwita

Mahiri Mwita

Lecturer

Program in African Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 149B

609-258-4716

mmwita@princeton.edu

Mwita is a lecturer in Swahili in the Program in African Studies and leads the eight-week intensive summer course in Swahili, Princeton in Dar es Salaam. He has taught Swahili at Egerton University in Kenya, where he also served as coordinator of the Swahili program, and more recently at St. Lawrence University in New York. Mwita has a particular interest in comparative literature and drama and is the author of a play, Posa (The Engagement, 1992). He has also written articles on Swahili literature and poetry. Besides his teaching duties, Mwita is working on a book, Improvising Experiential Activities and Creative Learning in the African Language Classroom, and on two collections of poetry. Her earned his Ph.D. from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Robert Phillips

Lecturer

South Asian Studies

Louis A. Simpson International Building, Office 148B

609-258-1834

rlp2@princeton.edu

Phillips is a lecturer with the Program in South Asian Studies. He teaches a variety of classes in Hindi-Urdu. Phillips comes to Princeton from Emory University where he was program coordinator and a lecturer in Hindi-Urdu language and literature. Before joining the faculty at Emory, Phillips was a lecturer in Hindi-Urdu at North Carolina State. His teaching and research interests include South Asian literary culture, translation studies and Hindi-Urdu language pedagogy. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Nataliya Yanchevskaya

Lecturer

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies

nay@princeton.edu

Yanchevskaya joined the University in 2015 as a Sanskrit lecturer. Prior to this appointment, she was an adjunct lecturer in South Asian Religions at Moravian College and in the East Asian Religions department at Lehigh University. She was also a teaching Fellow at Harvard in the Department of South Asian Studies and a Visiting Instructor in Classics (Sanskrit) at Brown University.