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Kayla van Kooten


Kayla Rose van Kooten is a first-year PhD student in the German Department. She received her B.A. in International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Washington (2020). Prior to Berkeley, she taught English in Spain and was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany. Her central research interests are multilingualism, Middle Eastern immigration to Germany, translation, popular culture, and social media. She is also more broadly interested in bilingual education and language technologies. She plans on pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Digital Humanities.