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Arab World Studies | Faculty


  1. Martyn Oliver, Director, Arab World Studies

    CAS - Philosophy and Religion

    Martyn was born and raised in southern Minnesota. In addition to Washington State and Boston, his studies also took him to Scotland, Lebanon, Austria, and Morocco. His work explores the construction of religious identity, particularly how Western lit… More

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    (202) 885-2943


  1. Mustafa Gurbuz, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Mustafa Gurbuz is a political sociologist whose research focuses on political violence and terrorism, conflict resolution, social movements, Muslims in the West, and ethnic/sectarian politics in the Middle East. His publications appeared in Sociologi… More

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  2. Elizabeth Kelley, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

  3. Judd King, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    Judd King currently teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and is affiliated with the Arab World Studies Program. His primary research interests are modern political Islam, contemporary Turkey, and moral psychology, although he is also… More

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  4. Sara Omar, Professorial Lecturer

    CAS - Critical RGC Studies

    Sara Omar has been interested in studying the logic, contexts, and heritages that have shaped early Islamic discourse on gender and sexuality and continue to inform Muslim praxes today. Her areas of research and teaching interests focus on issues per… More

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Affiliate Faculty 

  1. Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, serves as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in confl… More

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    (202) 885-1656

  2. Akbar Ahmed, Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington, D.C and the former Pakistani High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ireland. Named “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC, A… More

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    (202) 885-1641

  3. Boaz Atzili, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Boaz Atzili is the Director of the SIS Doctoral Program. He is a political scientist who researches and teaches international politics. His interest is in international security with an emphasis on the politics of borders and territoriality, dete… More

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    (202) 885-1648

  4. Stephen Dalzell, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Steve Dalzell is a professorial lecturer at SIS. Dr. Dalzell’s research interests include urban security, civil-military operations, and various aspects of US military strategy, force structure and personnel management. His current research focuses o… More

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    (202) 885-6821

  5. Kristin Diwan, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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    (202) 885-1640

  6. Naima Hachad, Assistant Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Research: Hachad’s research interests include questions of language, diasporic identities, and representations of the body in Francophone literature and visual arts of the Maghreb and the Caribbean; Postcolonial theory

    Send email to Naima Hachad

    (202) 885-1458

  7. Anders C. Hardig, Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Dr. Anders Härdig is a Professorial Lecturer in the Comparative Politics and Regional Studies (CRS) program at the School of International Service (SIS). His main fields of expertise are international politics and comparative and regional studies wit… More

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    (202) 885-1541

  8. Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Mohamed Alaa Abdel-Moneim, PhD, obtained a BSc in Political Science from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science (FEPS), Cairo University – Egypt. He was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in the FEPS Department of Public Administration in 2001… More

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    (202) 885-3673

  9. Shadi Mokhtari, Assistant Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Shadi Mokhtari specializes in human rights, Middle East Politics and Political Islam. She has an extensive background in human rights and women’s rights issues in the Middle East and Muslim World. She is the author of After Abu Ghraib: Exploring Huma… More

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    (202) 885-6570

  10. Erez Naaman, Associate Professor

    CAS-World Lang and Cultures

    Naaman’s research interests include Arabic language, literature, and culture in the medieval and Pre-Modern Islamic world and the intellectual history of this period.

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    (202) 885-2468

  11. Ghiyath Nakshbendi, Executive in Residence

    KSB - International Business

    Professor Nakshbendi teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Islamic Finance, project finance, microfinance, Trade and Project Finance, export-import management, international business and the global marketplace. He has extensive international … More

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    (202) 885-3268

  12. Mohamed Nimer, Assistant Professor

    School of Prof & Extd Studies

    Dr. Nimer teaches International Affairs and Intercultural Understanding at the School of Professional and Extended Studies. He is author of The North American Muslim Resource Guide: Muslim Community Life in the United States and Canada (Routledge, 20… More

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    (202) 895-4921

  13. Pedram Partovi, Assistant Professor

    CAS - History

    Pedram Partovi is a historian of the medieval and modern Muslim world. His current research focuses on the history of youth movements and their role in creating and disrupting the political order in Iran and the wider Middle East. This project spring… More

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    (202) 885-6746

  14. Anthony Quainton, Distinguished Diplomat in Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Ambassador Anthony Quainton is the Diplomat-in-Residence and a professor of U.S. Foreign Policy, having previously served in the United States Foreign Service and held ambassadorships to the Central African Republic, Nicaragua, Kuwait, and Peru.

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    (202) 885-1669

  15. Abdul Aziz Said, Professor Emeritus

    Dr. Said is the senior ranking professor at American University and the first occupant of the endowed Mohamed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace. He founded the university-wide Center for Global Peace, which undertakes a range of activities, both on a… More

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  16. Kendra Salois, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Performing Arts

    Kendra Salois received the Ph.D. in Music from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013. Prior to joining the Department of Performing Arts at AU, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work lie… More

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    (202) 885-3431

  17. Cathy Schneider, Associate Professor

    SIS-School of Intl Service

    Cathy Lisa Schneider writes and teaches on urban politics, comparative social movements, collective violence, urban policing, criminal justice, immigration and racial and ethnic discrimination in Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Her publ… More

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    (202) 885-1666

  18. Randa Serhan, Assistant Professor

    CAS - Sociology

    Randa Serhan is a political sociologist who is interested in immigrant communities, nationalism, and citizenship. She began graduate school in Canada where she was interested in gender and law. Since then she has worked on PTSD in post-conflict Leban… More

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    (202) 885-3383

  19. Fereshteh Simone, Scholar in Residence

    SIS-School of Intl Service

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  20. Diane Singerman, Associate Professor

    SPA - Government

    Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender,… More

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    (202) 885-2362

  21. John Willoughby, Professor

    CAS - Economics

    Professor Willoughby has recently returned from a two-year stay in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates where he helped create an undergraduate economics program at the new American University of Sharjah. He has also taught at the American University in Cai… More

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    (202) 885-3759


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