Sevda Arslan

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Sevda holds an M.A. degree in political science from Western Michigan University where she also completed a year of graduate course work in the Anthropology Department. In 2013, Sevda received her B.A. degree in European Studies from Maastricht University, in the Netherlands.

At Notre Dame, Sevda focuses her research on language maintenance of minority languages, primarily focusing on Zazaki, a Kurdish language. Her research assesses how languages are impacted with the migration of Kurdish speaking communities between Turkey and Germany. This project expands upon work begun during her master’s degree studies and explores the ways in which language ideologies reproduce and reshape cultural identities, as well as reinforce economic and political power.


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