Born and raised in Texas, I earned my B.A. and M.A. in History from Texas Tech University and moved to Minneapolis to pursue my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota. I am currently finishing my doctoral thesis, “One Nation, Two Languages: Latinization and Language Reform in Turkey and Azerbaijan, 1905-1938,” and plan to defend in December 2020. I have also taught undergraduate history courses on the Middle East and North Africa, Islam and the West, and the Ottoman Empire. In the summers of 2011 and 2012, I was fortunate to be awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) for Azerbaijani language study in Baku and, from 2014 to 2018, traveled to Istanbul and Ankara for my doctoral research. My passion for the languages and histories of Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Central Asia have guided my academic career so far. I believe that translation is a rewarding way to deepen my knowledge of these languages.