Tara Di Cassio
Tara Di Cassio is a lecturer in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at NCSU. She teaches Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Arabic language courses and serves as Co-director and On-Site director for the NC State Jordan Study Abroad program at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. She has also taught introductory courses in the Department of International Studies at NCSU.
Tara Di Cassio holds an M.A.in Global Studies from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2018) and a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in the Middle East and South Asia from North Carolina State University (Valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude) (2010). She has been awarded several prestigious fellowships for the advanced study of Arabic at the graduate level in Amman, Jordan (The David L. Boren Fellowship 2014-2015, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA I) Fellowship 2016-2017, and The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship 2017-2018). During her graduate study, Tara served as a researcher with the Arab Studies Institute in Washington, D.C., Business-to-Business officer for one of Amman’s premier start-up’s – Jamalon.com, and support staff member for UNICEF’s “Makani” Project in Amman, Jordan. Prior to joining the faculty at NCSU, Tara worked as a Reception and Placement Officer and Intensive Case Management Mentorship Developer with Lutheran Refugee Services and taught Arabic language courses at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Co-Director – NC State Jordan Study Abroad Program
On-site Director – NC State Jordan Study Abroad Program
Areas of Expertise
Arabic Language Teaching: Modern Standard Arabic, Jordanian-Palestinian Arabic Dialect, Modern Standard Arabic Grammar, Palestinian Resistance Literature
Conceptions of the “political,” social movements, counter cultures, creative resistance strategies, and the use of graffiti (“wall art”) amongst the youth in the Middle East.
Advisory Board Member, North Carolina Arabic Teaching Council
“Exploring Inclusive Teaching Methodologies: Lessons from Yallah AlQuds.” Presented at North Carolina Arabic Teaching Council Conference. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. October 2022.
“Creatively Overcoming Challenges in the University Classroom.” Presented at Inaugural North Carolina Arabic Teaching Council Conference. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. November 2021.