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SEIFUDEIN ADEM, Associate Research Professor/Associate Director, Institute of Global Cultural Studies (IGCS)
Contactadems@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  AFRASIA; China in the Middle East; Japan in the Middle East; China in Africa

NATHANAEL ANDRADE, Assistant Professor, History Department
Contact: 
nandrade@binghamton.edu
Research areas:
  Roman Middle East; Late Antiquity in Syria; the sites of Palmyra and Dura-Europos; Seleucid Empire; Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanian Persia
Courses taught:  HIST 481d: provinces of Rome; HIST 412: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World (UOregon); HIST 414: Roman Empire (UOregon); HIST 414: Later Roman Empire (Uoregon)
Website:  https://binghamton.academia.edu/NathanaelAndrade

ALLAN ARKUSH, Professor, Judaic Studies and History
Contactaarkush@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Zionism, Israeli history, modern Jewish thought
Courses taught:  JUST 347 Modern Israel; JUST 244 Modern Jewish History; JUST 284E Messianism in Jewish History

BAT-AMI BAR ON, Professor, Philosophy Department
Contactami@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Jewish Illegal Immigration to Post WWII Mandatory Palestine – the normative issues
Websitehttp://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~ami/

MARK BLUMLER, Associate Professor, Geography and Biological Sciences
Contactmablum@binghamton.edu
Research areas: Plant ecology; agricultural origins; geography of asymmetrical conflict; energy and society; weed ecology and evolution; "desertification"; ethnic cultural trajectories
Courses taught: GEOG 357 Geography of the Middle East; GEOG 337/509 Conservation of Natural Resources
Websitewww.binghamton.edu/geography

MOULAY-ALI BOUANANI, PhD. Africana Studies
Contactbouanani@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Arabic Studies, North African Studies, Medieval Arabic and Islamic Studies, Islam in Africa, Orientalism
Courses taught:  AFST 372 Arabic Civilization and Culture; AFST 370 Convivencia in Islamic Spain; AFST 386 Issues in Fiction and Film by N. African Women; AFST 251 Islamic Cultures in Africa; AFST 280D Popular Youth Culture in N. Africa; AFST 475 West Meets East in N. Africa; AFST 362 Literature of N. Africa & the M. East
Websitehttp://www.binghamton.edu/africana/  http://www.binghamton.edu/africana/faculty-staff.html

DINA DANON, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies, History Department
Contact:  ddanon@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Sephardi Jewry, Modern Jewish history
Courses taught:  JUST 257/HIST 285C Jews and Muslims; JUST 484B/HIST485J/ARAB 480F Sephardi and Mizrahi Voices; Jews in the Mediterranean City; Sephardi Diasporas
Websitehttp://www.binghamton.edu/judaic-studies/people/faculty-danon.html

RANDY FRIEDMAN, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and Comparative Literature; Director, Center for Israel Studies
Contactfriedman@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Philosophy of Religion, Early Zionist Thought
Courses taught Early Zionist Thought
Website:  http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~friedman/

OMID GHAEMMAGHAMI, Assistant Professor, Classical and Near Eastern Studies; MENA Interim Director
Contactomid@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Shi'i Islam; Messianism and Eschatology; Islamic thought and intellectual history (viz., mysticism and theology); Qur'anic exegesis; Babi and Baha'i religions
Courses taughtModern Standard Arabic (all levels); Introduction to the Qur'án (University of Toronto); Introduction to Islamic Civilization (Washington University in St Louis); Elementary Persian (Washington University in St Louis); Readings in the Text of the Qur'an: Vocabulary, Grammar, Rhetoric and Interpretation (to be taught in 2015-16); Text and Context, Reason and Revelation: An Introduction to Islamic Literature (in Translation)
Websitehttp://www.binghamton.edu/cnes/people/faculty/omid_ghaemmaghami.html

ASSAF HAREL, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies and Center for Israel Studies
Contact:  aharel@binghamton.edu
Research areas: 
Israel/Palestine, Settlers, Religion, Messianism, Ethnography
Courses taught:  ISRL 227 Cultures & Society in Israel; ISRL 288 Encountering Israel & Palestine
Website:  https://binghamton.academia.edu/AssafHarel

EKREM KARAKOC, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Contactekarakoc@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Democratization, Religion-Politics, Ethnic minorities, Religious minorities, Foreign Policy
Courses taughtDemocratization
Website:   www.ekremkarakoc.com

JONATHAN KARP, Associate Professor, Judaic Studies and History Department
Contactjkarp@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  History of Modern Israel/Zionism; History of the Enlightenment; Jewish Economic History
Courses taughtZionism and its Jewish Critics
Website:  https://www.binghamton.edu/history/faculty/profile.html?id=jkarp

GREGORY KEY, Turkish Lecturer, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Contactgkey@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Turkish Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics (morphosyntax)
Courses taught:  TURK 111 Elementary Turkish I; TURK 112 Elementary Turkish II; TURK 203 Intermediate Modern Turkish; TURK 280A Modern Turkish Literature in Translation; TURK 282C Turkish Media and Pop Culture; TURK 480A/580 Ottoman Turkish
Website:  http://www.binghamton.edu/cnes/people/faculty/gregory_key.html

KEVIN LACEY, Associate Professor, Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Contactklacey@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Middle East
Courses taught:  Arabic language and literature

RICARDO RENE LAREMONT, Professor of Political Science and Sociology
Contact:  laremont@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Political Islam, Democratization, Demography, Political Economy
Courses taught:  Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Political Islam, Development of the Modern State, Nationalism

LIOR LIBMAN, Assistant Professor, Judaic Studies and Center for Israel Studies
Contact:  llibman@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Modern Hebrew and Israeli Literatures, Kibbutz Literature, Socialist Zionism, Cultural History, Critical Theory
Courses taught:  ISRL 120 Introduction to Israeli Literature; ISRL 320 Israeli Literature, Society and Culture 

NATHANIEL MATHEWS, Assistant Professor, Africana Studies
Contact:  mathewsn@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Arabian Gulf, Arab identity in East Africa, Arab migration to East Africa, Oman, Ibadhism
Courses taught: AFST 238A Africans in the Indian Ocean AFST 101 Intro to Africana Studies
Website:  https://binghamton.academia.edu/NathanielMathews

ALEXANDRA MOORE, Professor, Department of English, General Literature and Rhetoric; Human Rights Institute
Contact:  amoore@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Human rights in literature and film (modern and contemporary); global Anglophone responses to the War on Terror; torture
Courses taught:  ENG 450 Human Rights Literature and Film, ENG 300 War on Terror in Global Literature and Culture, ENG 320 Globalization and Literary Cultures, ENG 572 Human Rights in Global Anglophone Literature

SHAY RABINEAU, Assistant Professor of Israel Studies, Judaic Studies
Contact:  rabineau@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Israel/Palestine, Middle East walking and pilgrimage routes, Israeli environmental history, historical geography of the Middle East
Courses taught:  Walking the Holy Land JUST 284R; Modern Israel JUST 347; Cultures and Society in Israel JUST 227 (scheduled for spring 2016); Environmental History of Israel JUST 427 (scheduled for spring 2016).

ANDREW (RANDY) SCHOLTZ, Associate Professor of Classics, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Chair
Contact:  ascholtz@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  The passions in the Greek and Roman Mediterranean. Ancient Greek rhetoric.
Website:  http://www.binghamton.edu/cnes/people/faculty/andrew.html; http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~ascholtz/

KENT F. SCHULL, Associate Professor of Ottoman and Modern Middle East History, History Department
Contact:  kschull@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  History of the Ottoman Empire, Modern Middle East History, Palestine-Israel, Turkey, Criminal Justice in the Middle East
Courses taught:  HIST 275A 20th Century Middle East; HIST 385J Israeli-Palestinian Conflict; HIST 385G History of the Ottoman Empire; HIST 385F World War I and the Middle East; HIST 485E/572E Revolution in the Modern Middle East; HIST 485F /572 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Website:  https://www.binghamton.edu/history/faculty/profile.html?id=kschull

JOHN H. STARKS, JR., Associate Professor of Classical Studies, Chair of Classical and Near Eastern Studies
Contactjstarks@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  race and ethnicity, particularly non-western ethnicities, in ancient North Africa and the Near East; Arabic receptions of classical literature and themes; ancient Carthage
Courses taught:  CLAS 383B Race & Ethnicity in Ancient North Africa; LAT 380C The 'Other' in Latin Comedy; LAT 382A 'Africans' in Latin History & Epic; GRK 380B Greek Historians on Barbarity & 'Medizing' (Persian ethnic observations)
Website:  http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/~jstarks

MICHAEL O. SUGERMAN, Senior Lecturer in Anthropology Department
Contact:  sugerman@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Archaeology of the Levant (primarily Bronze Age and early Iron Age); Phoenician archaeology; maritime trade in the Mediterranean; political economy of archaic states
Courses taught:  ANTH 280S/CLAS 281S "Ancient Civilizations"; ANTH 374/CLAS 381Z "Archaeology of the Middle East"; ANTH 380Y "Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia"

NANCY UM, Associate Professor, Art History; MENA Co-Director
Contact:  nancyum@binghamton.edu
Research areas:  Islamic art, architecture and urbanism, Yemen, Indian Ocean, maritime trade and exchange
Courses taught:  ARTH 227 Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal Arts; ARTH 327 Gilded Pages: Islamic Book Arts; ARTH 328 Cairo: Islamic Architecture and the City; ARTH 428/528 The Sultan's Palace
Website:  http://www.binghamton.edu/art-history/faculty/nancyum.html

MARY YOUSSEF, Assistant Professor of Arabic, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, Undergraduate Director
Contact:  myoussef@binghamton.edu
Research areas:   Arabic literature, Middle East Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, the Contemporary Egyptian Novel
Courses taught:   Arabic 101, Arabic 102, Arabic 115, Arabic 116, Arabic 203, Arabic 280C, Arabic 305, Arabic 306, Arabic 380B, Arabic 380C, Arabic 382B
Website:  http://www.binghamton.edu/cnes/people/faculty/mary.html

Last Updated: 8/16/18