Alex Korte is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in medieval Iberian literature. His dissertation, titled "Under the Predatory Flag: Medieval Tales of Iberian Piracy" focuses on piracy and human trafficking as represented in select medieval Iberian texts. Other research interests include 13th century clerical poetry, adventure narratives, and Mediterranean cultural networks. He has presented papers at regional and international conferences and received funding for archival research at the Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid. Most recently, he was awarded the Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship for continued language studies in Arabic (Summer 20 & Academic Year 20-21). Alex also works with Foreign Language pedagogy. As part of a team of educators, he designed and implemented course curricula that fosters Advanced-level (ACTFL) speaking functions in upper-division FL content courses. Alex is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Piura, Perú, from 2015-17.