Elsa Belmont Flores grew up in Mexico City and has lived in Wales, Egypt and Jordan. She joined Brown University in 2018 where she teaches beginning through advanced-level courses in Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Colloquial Arabic. Concurrently to her appointment as Lecturer in Language Studies, Elsa serves as Assistant Director for the Center for Language Studies collaborating with faculty, students and departments in support of the teaching and learning of all languages, with a special focus on undergraduate programming and the Certificate in Intercultural Competence.
Prior to her work at Brown University, Elsa was Assistant Director and Resident Coordinator for the Middlebury School in Jordan where she worked collaboratively with faculty and community members to achieve the program’s goals for curricular development and student immersion. Elsa’s teaching and research interests include youth culture in the Arab World, media and film, critical pedagogy, and the use of technology in the teaching of Arabic.