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Faculty teaching courses in Middle Eastern Studies

by Department


Amahl Bishara, Associate Professor
Research interests: media, human rights, the state, the Middle East, journalism, democracy, the politics of place, knowledge production, expressivity


Steven W. Hirsch, Associate Professor
Research interests: Archaeology; Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern history

R. Bruce Hitchner, Professor; Department Chair, Director, Archaeology Program;
Chairman, Dayton Peace Accords Project
Research interests:
Roman history, archaeology and International Relations

Riccardo Strobino, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor
Research Interests:
Medieval Latin Philosophy; Classical Arabic Philosophy; History and Philosophy of Logic; Aristotle; Avicenna


Enrico Spolaore, Professor of Economics; Seth Merrin Chair
Research interests: Political Economy, International Economics, Economic Growth & Development


Leila Fawaz, Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese & Eastern Mediterranean Studies;
Founding Director, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

Research interests: Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East; Arab provinces of the Ottoman empire

Ayesha Jalal, Mary Richardson Professor of History, South Asia, the Muslim World
Director of Center for South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies

Ina Baghdiantz McCabe, Professor of History, Darakjian and Jafarian Chair in Armenian History
Research interests: Armenia and Cross-Cultural World

Beatrice Manz, Professor of History, Middle East and Inner Asia
Research interests: the Timurid dynasty (1307-1506), Islam in Central Asia, nomads in the Middle East

David Proctor, Senior Lecturer
Research interests: Late Antique & Medieval Western Europe, Byzantium, Southeastern Europe, Papal-Imperial relations

Hugh Roberts, Edward Keller Professor of North African and Middle Eastern History
Research interests: Political history: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Western Sahara; Islamism in North Africa; the Kabyle question in Algeria; the political history and political anthropology of the Berbers

History of Art and Architecture

Christina Maranci, Professor and Department Chair
Research interests: Armenian Art and architecture, Byzantine art and architecture

International Literary and Cultural Studies

Rana Abdul-Aziz, Senior Lecturer of Arabic Program, Language Coordinator
Research interests: Modern Arabic Literature, second language acquisition

Hedda Harari-Spencer, Senior Lecturer of Hebrew Program
Language Coordinator; Hebrew Language

Fadi Jajji, Senior Lecturer of Arabic Program
Research interests: Arabic Language

Kamran Rastegar, Professor of Arabic Program, Director of Arabic Program, Director of CHAT
Research interests: Modern literary interactions between Arabic, Persian and English literatures, the representation of violence and social trauma in contemporary literature and visual culture, postcolonial theory, film studies of Arab and Iranian cinemas.

Joel Rosenberg, Lee S. McCollester Associate Professor of Biblical Literature;
Director of Judaic Studies

Research interests: Central European Writers, South African Writers, Judaic Studies

Souhad Zendah, Senior Lecturer of Arabic Program; Co-Director of Middle Eastern Studies
Research interests: Modern Arabic Literature, second language acquisition, Pedagogy, Near Eastern Studies


Rich Jankowsky, Associate Professor of Music
Research interests: Music of the Middle East and North Africa; Trance and Healing; Islam.

Political Science

Nimah Mazaheri, Associate Professor, Comparative Political Economy, Middle East and South Asia regions
Research interests: developing countries, oil and mining sectors, government-business relations

Malik Mufti, Professor, International Relations and Politics of the Middle East
Research interests: Syria, Turkey; realpolitik in Islamic political thought; Ibn Khaldun


Jennifer Eyl, Assistant Professor; Early Christianity, Ancient Mediterranean
Research interests: religions, gender & sexuality in antiquity, theory of religion

Ken Garden, Associate Professor, Islam; Co-Director of Middle Eastern Studies
Research interests: Life and thought of Abu Hamid al-Ghazali; religious thought of al-Andalus and the Maghrib; Sufism; classical and contemporary Islamic revival, renewal, and reform