Arab World Studies Faculty 

Director

Irene Calis Director, Arab World Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle, aiming to move beyond critique and the

  calis@american.edu

Faculty

Morad El Sana Adjunct Professorial Lect

Dr. Elsana is an adjunct professor at the American University. Prior, he served as a professor of Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, and International Humanitarian Law. Dr. Elsa

  melsana@american.edu

Mustafa Gurbuz Sr Adj Prof 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 M

  gurbuz@american.edu

Abdallah Hendawy Adjunct Professorial Lect

Abdallah Hendawy, Ph.D., specializes in the study of mass mobilization and social movements with a particular focus on radicalization and violent insurgency in the Middle East. He has been actively en

  hendawy@american.edu

Judd King Sr Adj Prof 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

  jking@american.edu

Martyn Oliver Faculty Chair, AU Core CAS - Critical RGC Studies

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 o

  oliver@american.edu

  (202) 885-2943

Elke Stockreiter Assoc Professor CAS - History

Elke Stockreiter is a historian of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include the histories of colonialism, gender, race, and slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World. Trained as a

  estockre@american.edu

  (202) 885-6746

Affiliated Faculty

Mohammed Abu-Nimer Professor SIS - School of International Service

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, is a full professor who has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in c

  abunimer@american.edu

Boaz Atzili Assoc Professor SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Boaz Atzili 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, de

  atzili@american.edu

Naima Hachad Assoc Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Dr. Hachad’s research focuses on issues of language, gender and sexuality, autobiography and testimony, and the representation and memorialization of violence in cultural productions of the Maghreb an

  hachad@american.edu

  (202) 885-1458

Anders C. Hardig Sr Professorial Lecturer SIS - School of International Service

Dr. Anders Härdig is Director of the Global Scholars Program at SIS and Senior Professorial Lecturer in the Comparative Politics and Regional Studies (CRS) program at the School of International Servi

  hardig@american.edu

  (202) 885-1541

Shadi Mokhtari Asst Professor SIS - School of International 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

  mokhtari@american.edu

Erez Naaman Associate Professor & Department Chair, World Languages & Cultures CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Erez Naaman specializes in classical Arabic literature and culture. In addition, his research interests include the intellectual history of the premodern Islamic world. His scholarly work has focused

  naaman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2468

Ghiyath Nakshbendi Sr Professorial Lecturer KSB - Finance and Real Estate

Professor Nakshbendi teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Islamic Finance, project finance, microfinance, Trade and Project Finance, export-import management, international business and the g

  nakshben@american.edu

  (202) 885-3268

Mohamed Nimer Asst Professor Global and Immersive Studies, Office of

Areas of Expertise: Quantitative Methods, International Development, Middle East
Dr. Nimer teaches International Affairs and Intercultural Understanding at the School of Professi

  nimer@american.edu

  (202) 895-4921

Pedram Partovi Assoc 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 I

  partovi@american.edu

  (202) 885-6740

Kendra Salois Asst 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

  salois@american.edu

  (202) 885-3431

Cathy Lisa Schneider Professor SIS - School of International Service

Professor Schneider teaches and writes on democracy, dictatorship and resistance; comparative social movements; collective violence; racial profiling, police violence and racial and ethnic discriminat

  cschnei@american.edu

  (202) 885-1666

Diane Singerman Associate Prof Emeritus

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

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Elizabeth F. Thompson Professor and Mohamed S. Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace, SIS SIS - School of International Service

Elizabeth F. Thompson is a historian of social movements and liberal constitutionalism in the Middle East, with a focus on how race and gender relations have been conditioned by foreign intervention a

  eft@american.edu

  (202) 885-1632

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

  jwillou@american.edu

  (202) 885-3759