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Navdeep Sokhey

Navdeep Sokhey, Assistant Professor of Arabic

Navdeep Sokhey, Assistant Professor of Arabic
Navdeep Sokhey, Assistant Professor of Arabic

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
314 Major Williams Hall 
220 Stanger Street 
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5362 |

Navdeep Sokhey is an assistant professor of Arabic in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures. Her current research focuses on the expressions of communal identities within Bahraini dialects, as well as the construction of gendered identities through speech in Egyptian Arabic. Beyond sociophonetics, Navdeep’s research interests include linguistic anthropology, the sociolinguistics of performance, youth culture & slang, language in social media, and teaching Arabic as a foreign language. She enjoys integrating cultural points from her research into the Arabic courses she currently teaches at Virginia Tech. 

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Arabic dialectology
  • Phonetic variation in Egyptian and Bahraini dialects
  • Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
  • PhD, Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Member, Annual Symposium on Arabic Linguistics
  • Member, Middle East Studies Association
  • Campus Advisor, Critical Language Scholarships
  • Texas Foreign Language Teaching Excellence Award for Assistant Instructors (Nominee), The University of Texas at Austin, 2019
  • Fulbright Research Award for dissertation fieldwork in Bahrain, 2017-2018          
  • Fulbright Award to attend Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) Cairo, Egypt, 2012-2013

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