Anita teaches Modern Standard and Spoken Arabic for the Middle East Institute. She earned an MA degree in Arabic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin with a focus on pedagogy. Anita started studying Arabic in 2002 at Emory and has studied and taught at various language programs such as Middlebury, CASA and CLS. She lived in an Amazigh community in rural southern Morocco for two years as she worked as a health volunteer for the Peace Corps. Her interests include: sociolinguistics, dialectology and language pedagogy, specifically teaching dialects and teaching with social network technology. She is also a translator with a particular interest in literature in spoken varieties and new genres of Arabic literature. She translated the bilingual edition of A Bit of Air
, written in Egyptian colloquial Arabic.