Faculty Profile

Magda Siekert

Lecturer in Middle East Studies (2009)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 10C


Magda Siekert comes to Dickinson from the Department of State where she spent the past 22 years as a Foreign Service Officer serving in the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America. Her specialty is U.S. public diplomacy. She earned a Masters, and completed the coursework and comprehensive exams for a Ph.D. in Arabic Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She also holds a Masters from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She taught at Georgetown University, the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and at the American University in Cairo. She is fluent in Arabic (native), French, and Spanish


  • B.A., Cairo University, 1977
  • M.A., The American University in Cairo, 1980
  • M.A. in Arabic Studies, Georgetown University, 1983

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ARBI 101 Elementary Arabic
An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Introduction to speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in the standard means of communication in the Arab world.

ARBI 211 Intermediate Arabic
Introduction to conversation and composition building on the skills developed in 101 and 102. Prerequisite: 102.