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Joanna Caravita
Lecturer in Modern Hebrew

Joanna Caravita

Joanna Caravita will join the faculties of Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges in fall 2013 as lecturer in modern Hebrew language. She earned her B.A. in Jewish studies and religious studies from Vanderbilt University (2005), and will receive her Ph.D. in Hebrew studies from the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in August 2013. Her research focuses on native and nonnative teachers of Hebrew and Arabic.

Caravita is fascinated by the historical and linguistic development of Hebrew, from its roots in the ancient world through to its emergence as the basis of a modern culture in Israel and beyond. She is interested in the many reasons her students come to study Hebrew, and in the different perspectives they bring with them. Prior to coming to the Five Colleges she taught Hebrew at the University of Texas-Austin according to an intensive model of foreign language instruction. Aside from Hebrew, Joanna has studied French, Latin, Spanish, German and Arabic.