Adam Benkato is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies. His research approaches languages and texts in their social and historical contexts, focusing on areas ranging from the linguistics and literature of modern Arabic dialects (especially Libya) to medieval texts in Iranian languages (especially Sogdian). His methodological interests include archive studies, material philology, postcolonialism, and sociolinguistics. Before coming to Berkeley, Benkato taught at the Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.