MENA Faculty

MENA Office

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Omid Ghaemmaghami

Associate Professor - Arabic and NE Studies

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Islamic intellectual history
  • The Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths
  • Shīʿī Islam
  • The Quran and its interpretation
  • Arabic grammar

Teaching Interests

  • Modern standard Arabic
  • Classical Arabic
  • Arabic religious literature
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Affiliated Faculty

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Moulay Ali Bouanani

Lecturer

Africana Studies

Research Interests

  • Arabic Culture and Language
  • North African Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Islamic Studies
  • Medieval Western Mediterranean Studies

Teaching Interests

  • Arabic Culture and Language
  • Islam in Africa and the Mediterranean
  • North African Youth Culture
  • M. Eastern and North African Literature
  • Orientalism
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Dina Danon

Assistant Professor; Interim Director, MENA

Judaic Studies; Middle East and North Africa Studies

Research Interests

  • Sephardi Jewry
  • Modern Jewish History

Teaching Interests

  • Sephardi Diasporas
  • Jews and Muslims
  • Sephardi Memoirs
  • Modern Jewish history
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Randy L. Friedman

Associate Professor/ Chair of Judaic Studies/ Director of the Center for Israel Studies

Judaic Studies

Research Interests

  • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

Teaching Interests

  • Introduction to Judaic Studies
  • Faith and Reason
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Assaf Harel

Assistant Professor of Israel Studies/ Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies

Judaic Studies

Research Interests

  • Settlement Movements
  • Messianism
  • Ethnography of Israel - Palestine
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Jonathan Karp

Associate Professor; Associate Professor/ Undergraduate Director of Judaic Studies

History; Judaic Studies

Research Interests

  • Jewish Economic and Cultural History
  • Christian-Jewish Relations
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Gregory Key

Turkish Lecturer

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Turkish Linguistics
  • Theoretical Linguistics (morphosyntax)

Teaching Interests

  • Elementary Turkish
  • Intermediate Modern Turkish
  • Modern Turkish Literature in Translation
  • Turkish Media and Pop Culture
  • Ottoman Turkish


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Ricardo René Larémont

Professor, Political Science/Sociology; Professor, Political Science/Sociology

Political Science; Sociology

Research Interests

  • Comparative Politics
  • Islamic Law
  • Islamic Politics
  • Conflict Resolution

Teaching Interests

  • Government and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
  • Political Islam
  • Development of the Modern State
  • Nationalism
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Lior Libman

Assistant Professor of Israel Studies/ Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies

Judaic Studies

Research Interests

  • Modern Hebrew Literature
  • Israeli Literature
  • Kibbutz and Socialist-Zionism's Literature
  • Cultural and Intellectual History
  • Literature and Cultural History in the formative years of Israeli statehood

Teaching Interests

  • Intro to Israeli Literature
  • The Israeli Palestinian Conflict in Literature
  • The Kibbutz in Israeli Culture
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Nathaniel Mathews

Assistant Professor

Africana Studies

Research Interests

  • African history
  • Modern Zanzibar
  • Islam on the Swahili coast
  • History & memory
  • History of slavery

Teaching Interests

  • African history
  • African diasporas in the Indian Ocean
  • Swahili culture and language
  • Comparative race and slavery
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Alexandra Moore

Professor; Director

English, General Literature and Rhetoric; Human Rights Institute

Research Interests

  • Human Rights in Literature and Visual Culture
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Feminist Theory

Teaching Interests

  • Human Rights in Literature and Visual Culture
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Shay Rabineau

Assistant Professor of Israel Studies/ Associate Director of the Center for Israel Studies

Judaic Studies

Research Interests

  • Israel/Palestine, Middle East Walking and Pilgrimage Routes
  • Israeli Environmental History
  • Historical Geography of the Middle East

Teaching Interests

  • Walking the Holy Land
  • Modern Israel
  • Cultures and Society in Israel
  • Environmental History of Israel
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Andrew Scholtz

Associate Professor/Chair

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • The Passions 一 Especially Desire and Envy 一 in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • The Social Psychology of Greek Rhetoric
  • Intersections of Ancient Greek & Roman Sexuality, Ideology, Politics and Literature
  • Literary Theory
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Kent F. Schull

History Chair; Associate Professor

History

Research Interests

  • History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Modern Middle East History
  • Palestine-Israel
  • Turkey
  • Criminal Justice in the Middle East

Teaching Interests

  • History of the Ottoman Empire
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • 20th Century Middle East
  • World War I and the Middle East
  • Revolution in the Modern Middle East
  • The Arab-Israeli Conflict
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John H. Starks

Associate Professor

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Drama, Especially Comedy
  • Non-Western Ethnicity in the Classical World
  • Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • Roman Historiography and Classical Biography
  • Latin Rhetoric and Oratory

Teaching Interests

  • Race & Ethnicity in Ancient North Africa
  • The 'Other' in Latin Comedy
  • 'Africans' in Latin History & Epic
  • Greek Historians on Barbarity & 'Medizing' (Persian ethnic observations)
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Michael Sugerman

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of the Levant (primarily Bronze Age and Early Iron Age)
  • Phoenician Archaeology
  • Maritime Trade in the Mediterranean
  • Political Economy of Archaic States

Teaching Interests

  • Ancient Civilizations
  • Archaeology of the Middle East
  • Archaeology of Egypt and Nubia
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Nancy A. Um

Professor and Associate Dean; Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Inclusion

Art History; Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests

  • Visual culture, built environment, urbanism, and material exchange around the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean littoral
  • Islamic Art and Architecture
  • Yemen
  • Early Modern Commerce and Cross-Cultural Exchange
  • Domestic and Commercial Architecture
  • Digital Art History
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Mary Youssef

Associate Professor/Undergraduate Director

Classical and Near Eastern Studies

Research Interests

  • Modern and Contemporary Arabic Literature
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • World Literature
  • Arab Women Writings

Teaching Interests

  • Arabic
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