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Dr Esther-Miriam Wagner

[Esther-Miriam Wagner] Dr Wagner is a Research Associate at the Unit, preparing descriptions of Judaeo-Arabic and Arabic Genizah manuscripts. She graduated in 2001 with a first class Magistra Artium degree in Semitic Philology, Islamic Studies and Indo-European Studies from the Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena/Germany. During her studies, she spent a year as a visiting student at the Victoria University of Manchester, and was involved in the editing and publication of the JBVO and EFAH series.

After completing her Master's degree, she worked on a joint project with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (funded by the German-Israeli Foundation) on Yiddish syntax before completing a PhD in 2007 at the University of Cambridge about the language of mediaeval Judaeo-Arabic letters under the supervision of Prof Geoffrey Khan. Recently she was elected as a College Research Associate of St John's College, Cambridge, and is currently turning her PhD thesis into a book, to be published by Brill.

Her main research interests include Judaeo-Arabic, Yiddish, the diachronic language change of Arabic, Arabic dialectology and language typology of Jewish languages.