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Ari Adut

Assistant Professor |
232-4284 |
BUR 468

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Political Sociology, Theory, Crime, Law, and Deviance

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Kamran Scot Aghaie

Chair, Department of Middle Eastern Studies. Associate Professor |
475-6400 |
CAL 528E

Education: Ph.D., 1999, University of California at Los Angeles

Interests: Islamic studies, Shi'ism, modern Iranian and Middle Eastern history; secondary areas of interest: world history, historiography, religious studies, nationalism, gender studies and economic history

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Mahmoud Al-Batal

Professor |
471-3463 |
CAL 414

Education: Ph.D. - 1985, Michigan - Ann Arbor

Interests: Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language

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Kamran Asdar Ali

Associate Professor |
471-7531, 471-3550 |
EPS 1.116

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Gender, Health, Development, Labor History, Political Economy; Post-Colonialism;

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Blake Atwood

Assistant Professor, Persian Program Coordinator, CMES Associate Director and Graduate Adviser |
CAL 406

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Middle Eastern Cinema, Film and Technology, Film Historiography

Germine Awad

Associate Professor |
512-471-0526 |
SZB 506H

Education: Ph.D., 2005, Psychology, Southern Illinois University - Carbindale

Interests: Attitude development expression: prejudice and discrimination, ethnic and racial identity, acculturation, immigration, and attitudes toward affirmative action beneficiaries.

Samy Ayoub

Lecturer in Islamic Studies |
CAL 407

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Islamic Law in the early modern Ottoman Empire; modern Arab legal regimes; Muslim Ethics; modernity and Arab and Islamic Thought.

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Hina Azam

Associate Professor |
475-8393 (no voicemail - please call department to leave a message) |
CAL 506

Education: Ph.D.- 2007, Duke University

Interests: Islamic jurisprudence, theology, exegesis, hadith studies; Women/sexuality and Islam; Sexual Violence in Islamic Law

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Aaron Bar-Adon

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Hebrew University

Interests: Sociolinguistics and language acquisition; Hebrew and Arabic language, literature, and linguistics

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Zoltan Barany

Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Professor, Department of Government |
512.232.7231 |
BAT 3.156

Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia

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Benjamin Claude Brower

Associate Professor |
512-475-6813 |
GAR 3.204

Education: Ph.D., 2005, Cornell University

Interests: Writing Violence in History, French Empire: The "West" and "Islam"

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Jason Brownlee

Professor |
512-232-7304 |
BAT 3.146

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: Domestic and international processes of political emancipation.

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Kristen Brustad

Associate Professor |
471-9189 (no voicemail) |
CAL 417

Education: Ph.D., 1991, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard

Interests: My research interests include, but are not limited to: Arabic dialects, syntax, language ideology and Arabic literary and linguistic history.

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Mounira Charrad

Associate Professor |
232-6311 |
CLA 3.526

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Gender & Women's Rights; Political Sociology; Social Theory; Colonialism; Comparative-Historical Sociology; Globalization; Middle East and North Africa.Gender and women's rights, political sociology, development, comparative historical methodology, and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Rasha Diab

Assistant Professor |
471-3280 |
Parlin 03

Education: Ph.D., Composition and Rhetoric, 2009, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Manochehr Dorraj

Visiting Professor |
512-471-7871 |
CAL 413

Education: PhD, University of Texas at Austin

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David Eaton

Professor |
512.471.8972 |
SRH 3.204

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: evaluation of energy and water conservation programs, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater,new methods for evaluating and preventing air pollution emissions

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Tarek El-Ariss

Associate Professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature |
512-232-8291 |
CAL 402

Education: Ph.D - 2004, Cornell

Interests: Contemporary Arabic Literature, Film, and Media; Arabic popular culture and new literary genres; 18th- and 19th-century travel writing; Post-structuralism and Affect Theory

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Robert A. Fernea

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago

Interests: Southern Iraq, Egyptian Nubia, urban Morocco, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries. Ethnographic film and masculinity. He is actively retired from teaching.

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W. Parker Frisbie

Professor Emeritus |
471-8388 |
MAI G1800

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Interests: the study of birth outcomes and infant mortality within and between race/ethnic groups

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Mohammad Ghanoonparvar

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas- Austtin

Interests: 20th century Persian literature; comparative literary history and criticism; methodology and practice of literary translation

Kate Gillespie

Associate Professor |
512.471.5438 |
CBA 7.258

Education: Ph.D., London Business School

Interests: International Business

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Karen Grumberg

Center Director, Associate Professor |
471-5134 |
CAL 404

Education: Ph.D.- 2004, University of California- Los Angeles

Interests: Contemporary Hebrew literature and comparative Jewish literatures (Hebrew, French, English)

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Jo Ann Hackett

Professor |
512-471-6951 |
CAL 501B

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

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Hossein Haghshenas

Senior Lecturer |
232-8064 |
BUR 539

Education: Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

Barbara Harlow

Professor |
471-8716 |
PAR 26

Education: Ph.D., 1977, SUNY- Buffalo

Interests: Imperialism and Orientalism, Literature and Human Rights/Social Justice, 19th Century Novel, European Novel, Middle East Studies, African Studies, The ''Global South''

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Geraldine Heng

Associate Professor |
471-7480 |
PAR 213

Education: Ph.D., Cornell University

Interests: iterary, cultural, and social encounters between worlds, and webs of exchange and negotiation between communities and cultures: gender, race, sexuality, and religion.

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Michael Craig Hillmann

Professor |
512-475-6606 |
CAL 400

Interests: Persian language; Persian literature, 1921-1978; medieval Persian poetry; Iranian art and culture; autobiography; the nature of lyric poetry

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Robert Holz

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., 1963, Geography, Michigan State University

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Ghada Housen

Lecturer |
512-777-8994 |
CAL 416

Education: BA, Damascus University

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John Huehnergard

Professor |
512-471-7081 |
CAL 501A

Education: Ph.D. 1979, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Semitic Philology), Harvard University

Interests: Semitic languages and linguistics, historical linguistics, writing systems, and ancient Near Eastern history.

S. Akbar Hyder

Associate Professor |
475-6031 |
WCH 4.134

Education: Ph.D., Harvard University

Interests: Islam in South Asia, Urdu language and literature, Aesthetics in South Asian and the Middle East.

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Jonathan Kaplan

Assistant Professor |
512-471-9453 |
CAL 503

Education: Ph.D. 2010, Harvard University

Interests: Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic Judaism, Midrash, Literary Theory, History of Biblical Interpretation

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Harold Liebowitz

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Archaeology & art history of Israel in the Biblical & Greco-Roman periods; art & archaeology of the Ancient Near East, daily life in Ancient Israel; material culture & literature (Mishnah & Talmud)

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Wm. Roger Louis

Professor |
512-471-9274 |
HRC 3.202

Education: D.Phil., 1962, and D.Litt., 1979, Oxford University

Interests: The British Empire/Commonwealth and the history, literature, and politics of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain

Anat Maimon

Lecturer of Hebrew |
512-475-6467 |
CAL 408

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Ian Manners

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., Oxford University

Interests: Conservation and resource management, urban cultural geography, and historical cartography.

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Abraham Marcus

Professor Emeritus in History

Education: Ph.D., 1979, Columbia University

Interests: Social and cultural history of the early modern and modern Middle East; cities and urban life; Islamic law and legal practice; music and society.

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Michael Mendoza

Lecturer |
CAL 11

Education: MA '14, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: 20th & 21st cent. Arab literature, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language, teaching dialects, Arab popular media, Arab news media, Arab societies and civilizations, dialect lexicography, Arabic/French/English translation and interpretation

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Sofian Merabet

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Anthropology Undergraduate Honors Advisor |
(512) 471-0057 |
SAC 5.156

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Socio-Cultural Theory/Psychoanalysis/Urban Studies/Gender Studies/Queer Theory/Muslim World, Europe, and South America

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Gail Minault

Professor |
512-475-7214 |
GAR 3.118

Education: Ph.D., 1972, University of Pennsylvania

Interests: 19th and 20th century history of India, including religion and politics, intellectual and social history, and women's movements.

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Mohammad Mohammad

Associate Professor |
512-475-6650 (no voicemail) |
CAL 415

Education: Ph.D., University of Southern California

Interests: Linguistics and the Arabic language

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A. Azfar Moin

Associate Professor |
512 232-7224 |
BUR 518

Education: PhD, History, University of Michigan

Interests: Sufism and Sainthood in Islam | Sacred Kingship | History of Early Modern Iran, Central Asia, and South Asia

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Stephennie Mulder

Associate Professor |
512-471-5851 |
ART 3.428

Interests: Islamic Art and Architecture

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James A. Neely

Professor Emeritus |
512-471-7529 |
EPS 1.102

Education: Ph.D., University of Arizona

Interests: Prehistoric & early historic cultural development & culture change; processes of plant & animal domestication; development of urban life; ancient technology, Mexico, Iran.

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William R Nethercut

Professor |
471-3839 |
WAG 123

Education: Ph.D., Columbia University

Interests: Greek and Roman Literature, Egyptology

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Mary Neuburger

Professor |
512-232-4124 |
BUR 452

Education: Ph.D., 1997, University of Washington

Interests: Modern eastern Europe with a specialization in southeastern Europe. Urban culture, consumption, commodity exchange, gender and nationalism.

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Martha G. Newman

Associate Professor in the Departments of History and Religious Studies |
512-475-8660 |
GAR 3.408

Education: Ph.D., 1988, Stanford University

Interests: Monastic miracle collections and monastic attitudes toward women and the poor.

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Jeannette Okur

Lecturer, Turkish Program Coordinator |
512 471 1280 |
CAL 509

Education: Ph.D., Ankara University, 2007

Interests: Modern Turkish/Turkic literature, film and cultural studies, teaching culture and literature in the foreign language classroom, comparative literature, translation studies

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Thomas G Palaima

Professor: Robert M. Armstrong Centennial Professor and Director, Program in Aegean Scripts and Prehistory (PASP) |

Education: Ph.D. 1980, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Aegean scripts & prehistory, Greek language, war & violence studies, public intellectual writing, music as social criticism, Dylanology

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Athanasio Papalexandrou

Associate Professor |
512-471-5021 |
ART 3.404

Education: Ph.D., Princeton University

Interests: Early Greek Visual Culture, Interconnections between Greece & Near East, Art & Archaeology of Cyprus, Greek Sanctuaries. Art as a Means ofCommunication in Preliterate Societies

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Na'ama Pat-El

Associate Professor |
232-8292 |
CAL 501C

Education: Ph.D., 2008, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Semitic Philology), Harvard University

Interests: Comparative Semitic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Languages in Contact, Linguistic Methodology

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Glenn Peers

Professor |
512-232-2594 |
DFA 2.508

Education: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Interests: Byzantine Art

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Esther Raizen

Associate Professor; Associate Dean for Research |
GEB 3.212

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Modern & classical Hebrew language, linguistics & literature; Hebrew as a foreign language; Jewish history & culture; Computer-assisted instruction & computational linguistics

Denise Schmand- Besserat

Professor Emeritus

Interests: Ancient Near Eastern Art

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Sonia Seeman

Associate Professor |
512-471-2854 |
MBE 3.204

Education: Ph.D., UCLA

Interests: Middle Eastern music & expressive culture; Roma ("Gypsy") & minority communities; former Ottoman territories of Southeastern Europe,cosmopolitanism; nationalism; gender.

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Anousha Shahsavari

Lecturer |
CAL 500

Education: M.A. Second Language Acquisition and Application, University of Maryland

Interests: Teaching Persian to the Speakers of Other Languages, Curriculum Development, Instructional Materials Development, and Persian Literature

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Faegheh Shirazi

Professor |
232-9416 |
CAL 502

Education: Ph.D., Ohio State University

Interests: Textiles and Clothing, particularly the Islamic veil (hijab), issues of women, rituals, and rites of passage as they relate to material culture in popular Islamic societies.

Denise A. Spellberg

Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies |
512-475-7202 |
GAR 3.208

Education: Ph.D., 1989, Columbia University

Interests: intellectual history of the medieval Islamic world, from Spain to Iran; Islam in American and European history; gender and religion in history

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Jeremi Suri

Professor; Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs |
512-475-7242 |
GAR 2.122/ SRH 3.378

Education: Ph.D. in History, 2001, Yale University

Interests: The formation and spread of nation-states; the emergence of modern international relations; the connections between foreign policy and domestic politics; the rise of knowledge institutions as global actors.

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Cynthia Talbot

Associate Professor |
475-7229 |
GAR 3.406

Education: PhD, 1988, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Interests: Social and cultural history of medieval and early modern India (ca. 1000-1750); historiography and historical memories, Hindu-Muslim relations.

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L. Michael White

Professor, Ronald Nelson Smith Chair in Classics and Christian Origins |
512-232-1438 |
WAG 212

Education: Ph.D., Yale University

Interests: Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean & Middle East, New Testament and Christian Origins, Graeco-Roman Religions

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Karin Wilkins

Professor, Radio-Television-Film |
512-471-2007 |
CMA 5.114

Education: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Interests: Development and international communication, media and social change.

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Abraham Zilkha

Professor Emeritus

Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Hebrew linguistics, lexicography, Israel and the Middle East

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