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FACULTY Fields of Interest Research Areas Languages Major Publications full bio and publications MENA Teaching in 2012-13
Brian EdwardsBrian T. Edwards
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies (MENA Director; on leave 2012-13)
literature, film, new media, higher education, public and cultural diplomacy, postcolonial and diaspora studies, globalization, cultures of circulation, American studies in MENA Morocco, Tunisia, North Africa, Egypt, Iran Arabic (Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan), French, Spanish, basic Persian Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Duke UP, 2005); "Cairo 2010: After Kefaya," a portfolio of new Egyptian writing (edited and introduction), A Public Space, Issue 9 (2009): 127-175; Globalizing American Studies, co-edited with Dilip Gaonkar (Univ of Chicago Press, 2010); After the American Century: Ends of Circulation in Casablanca, Cairo and Tehran (book manuscript in progress) Link On leave 2012-13
Hannah Feldman
Associate Professor of Art History
20th and 21st century art history and visual culture, urban studies, critical theory Research areas: decolonization and representation; art and war French   Link  
Katherine HoffmanKatherine Hoffman
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Language / Expressive Culture, Ethnicity / Indigenism, Language Ideologies, Language Shift and Endangerment, Gender, Migration, Rural-Urban Relations, French Colonialism, and Imazighen (Berbers) Morocco / North Africa, France French, Arabic (Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan), Tashelhit (southwestern Moroccan Berber), Italian We Share Walls: Language, Land and Gender in Berber Morocco (2008, Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture), Mirror of the Soul: Language, Islam, and Law in French Native Policy of Morocco (1912-1956)(book manuscript in progress), and editing Berbers and Others: Shifting Parameters of Ethnicity in the Contemporary Maghrib with Susan Gilson Miller (book manuscript in progress). Link  
Elizabeth HurdElizabeth Shakman Hurd
Associate Professor of Political Science
cultural and normative foundations of international relations, religion and politics, political theory, law and politics, international relations theory, foreign policy relations between Europe, the United States, and the Middle East French, Spanish

The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton UP, 2008); Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (with Linell Cady, Palgrave 2010); The Secular Establishment: Religion, law and authority in international politics (in progress).

Link Political Science 395: The Middle East in International Politics (Fall); Political Science Freshman Seminar: Politics of religious freedom: minorities, rights, and law (Spring 2013)
Rebecca Johnson
Rebecca Johnson
Assistant Professor of English and the Humanities
Modern Arabic Literature and literary exchange with Europe, translation and adaptation, literary culture of the Nahda, print culture, theory of the novel, questions of world literature, postcolonial studies, Orientalism and Occidentalism. Middle East (with emphasis on Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean) and relationship to Europe Arabic (Modern Standard, Egyptian and Lebanese colloquial), French, basic Spanish A History of the Novel in Translation (book manuscript in progress); translation of Sinan Antoon, I`jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody (2007); “Lineages of the Novel: The Arabian Nights and Arab-European Literary Influence” coauthored with Katie Trumpener and Richard Maxwell. Modern Language Quarterly 68.2 (2007); “The Politics of Reading: Recognition and Revolution in Jabra Ibrahim Jabra’s In Search of Walid Masoud” in Recognition in Narrative, Film and Music: Interdisciplinary Studies on Anagnorisis (2009). Link English 313/CLS 312 The Arabian Nights (Winter); Humanities 301 Cosmopolitanism: Middle Eastern Lit and the World (Winter); Humanities 395: Literature and Politics in the Arab World (Spring)
Henri LauzièreHenri Lauzière
Assistant Professor of History
Islamic history, 20th-century Middle East and North Africa, intellectual history, Salafism Morocco, 20th-century Arab world, Gulf states French, Modern Standard Arabic "Post-Islamism and the Religious Discourse of 'Abd al-Salam Yasin," International Journal of Middle East Studies, 37 (2005): 241-261; The Transformation of Salafism in the Twentieth Century Through the Life and Thought of Taqi al-Din al-Hilali (book manuscript in progress). Link History 370-3: History of the Islamic Middle East, 1798-Present (Winter)
Hamid NaficyHamid Naficy
John Evans Professor of Communication, Department of Radio/TV/Film, School of Communication
cinema and media studies, cultural studies and theories of culture and globalization, diaspora and exile studies, national and regional cinemas of third world, Middle East, Iran, and Islam, cinema, and visual culture. Iran, Palestine, Turkey, US English, Persian, French, Arabic Cinema, Modernity, and National Identity: A Social History of a Century of Iranian Cinema. Duke University Press, two volumes (forthcoming 2009). An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place.  London & New York: Routledge, 1999 (edited). The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1993. Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged. New York: Harwood Academic Publishing, 1993 (Co-edited with Teshome Gabriel). Iran Media Index. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984. Film-e Mostanad [Documentary Film], two volumes, Tehran: Daneshgah Azad Press, 1979. Link RTVF 351: Middle East & North African Cinemas (Fall)
Inna NaroditskayaInna F. Naroditskaya
Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology
music, gender, politics; anthropology, Slavic, Middle-Eastern studies Azerbaijani musical culture, gender, Islam and music, Russian eighteenth-century music and politics, post Soviet 'Eastern' states Russian, Azeri, French Song From Land of Fire: Hundred Years of Azerbaijanian Music Through the Prism of Mugham (New York: Routledge, 2003); Music and Sirens, co-edited with Linda Austern (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2006); Manifold Identities: Studies on Music and Minorities, co-edited with Ursula Hemetek (London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2004), and Tsarinas in Histories and Operas (under contract, Oxford University Press).   MUSICOL 435-0-21: Middle Eastern Music and Cultures (Winter)
Wendy PearlmanWendy Pearlman
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies
Political violence, nationalism, politics of weak states and nonstate actors, emigration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, politics in the Arab Levant. Palestine, Lebanon, Israel Arabic, Spanish, basic Hebrew

Violence, Nonviolence, and the Palestinian National Movement (Cambridge University Press, 2011); Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada (Nation Books, 2003); "Nonstate actors, fragmentation, and conflict processes" Journal of Conflict Resolution (2012) [Co-editor of special issue with Kathleen Gallagher Cunningham]; "Precluding Nonviolence, Propelling Violence: The Effect of Internal Fragmentation on Movement Behavior" Studies in Comparative International Development, 47, no. 1 (2012); "Triadic Deterrence" Security Studies (2012) [with Boaz Atzili]; "The Palestinian national movement and the 1967 War" in Wm Roger Louis and Avi Shlaim, eds., The 1967 Arab-Israeli War: Origins and Consequences (Cambridge University Press, 2012); "Spoiling Inside and Out: Internal Political Contestation and the Middle East Peace Process" International Security (2008/09); "Struggle in a Post-Charisma Transition: Rethinking Palestinian Politics after Arafat" Journal of Palestine Studies (2007) [with Ali Jarbawi].


Political Science 395: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Winter); Political Science 351: Middle East Politics (Winter)

Carl PetryCarl Petry
Professor of History
Islamic World and North Africa, medieval and modern Egypt, and the social history of the Middle East Medieval Islamic World (Egypt in particular) Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial), French, German The Civilian Elite of Cairo in the Later Middle Ages (1982), Twilight of Majesty: The Reigns of the Mamluk Sultans al-Ashraf Qaytbay and Qansuh al-Ghawri in Egypt (1993), Protectors or Praetorians? The Last Mamluk Sultans and Egypt's Waning as a Great Power (1994), and The Criminal Underworld in a Medieval Islamic Society: Narratives from Cairo and Damascus under the Mamluks (Middle East Documentation Center, University of Chicago, 2012). Editor and contributor to The Cambridge History of Egypt: Islamic Egypt, 640-1517 (1998, 2006). Link History 270: Middle Eastern/Islamic Civilization, (Fall); History 300-24: Islamic Law versus Islamic Mysticism (Fall); History 103-6: The Arabian Nights, freshman seminar (Winter); History 372: History of Ancient Egypt (Winter)
Kristen StiltKristen Stilt
Associate Professor of Law; Associate Professor of History
socio-legal history; Islamic law in classical formulations and contemporary understandings law as applied in medieval and modern contexts; constitutional law in Muslim world Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian), German, French The Experience of Law in Medieval Cairo (in progress) Link  

Jessica WinegarJessica Winegar
Associate Professor of Anthropology
(MENA Interim Director 2012-13)

cultural politics and culture industries, material and visual culture, nationalism, Islam, neoliberalism, social class, youth, and gender Egypt, US Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian) Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford, 2006, Winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Award); “The Question of Africanity in North African Visual Culture,” Special issue of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. Co-edited with Katarzyna Pieprzak, Fall 2009; “The Humanity Game: Art, Islam, and the War on Terror,” Anthropological Quarterly, 81(3):651-681, 2008; "Cultural Sovereignty in a Global Art Economy: Egyptian Cultural Policy and the New Western Interest in Art from the Middle East.” Cultural Anthropology 21(2):173-204, 2006. Link Anthropology 490: Graduate Seminar in Anthropology of Middle East and North Africa (Winter)
Ipek Yosmaogluİpek Yosmaoğlu
Assistant Professor of History
Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Southeast Europe, Nationalism, Political Violence, Colonialism Ottoman Empire with emphasis on the late nineteenth century Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, French, Greek "Borders, Maps and Identity in Ottoman Macedonia," in William Zartman, ed. Boundaries in Depth and in Motion, Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2009, pp. 231-257; "Fighting the Specters of the Past: Dilemmas of Ottoman Legacy in the Balkans and the Middle East," (with Suhnaz Yilmaz), Middle Eastern Studies, v. 44 (2008) 677-693; "Counting Bodies, Shaping Souls: The "1903 Census" and National Identity in Ottoman Macedonia," International Journal of Middle East Studies, v. 38 (2006), pp. 55-77; "Chasing the Printed Word: Press Censorship in the Ottoman Empire, 1876-1913," Turkish Studies Association Journal, v. 27 (2003), pp. 15-49; Manuscript in progress: "A World Undone: Religion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia, 1878-1908" Link History 373-2: The Ottomans From Early Modernity to the Age of Nationalism, 1700-1918 (Spring)
Ann Gunter
Professor of Art History and the Humanities
Brannon Ingram
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Islam in modern South Asia, Sufism and Islamic law, the 'ulama and religious authority India, Pakistan, South Africa Urdu, Arabic   Link Reli 350: Qur'an: Text and Context (spring 2013)
Fatima Khan
Lecturer, PAAL
Rajeev Kinra
Assistant Professor of History
Ragy Mikhaeel
Lecturer, PAAL
Nasrin Qader
Associate Professor of French
Contemporary literatures in French, Arabic, Persian; philosophy and literature; Islamic thought and mysticism African literature (French and Arabic); literary theory English, French, Arabic, Persian, Spanish Narratives of Catastrophe: Boris Diop, ben Jelloun, Khatibi. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009 (forthcoming in March). "Writing Worlds between Dream and Terror" (book manuscript in progress). Link  
Lynn Whitcomb
Program of African and Asian Languages (PAAL)
Judith Wilks
Lecturer, PAAL
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