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Recommended Professors

Students, parents and alumni have sought our advice regarding Middle East studies faculty whom we would recommend. Accordingly, our staff has compiled a list of scholars whom we consider thoughtful and balanced.

The following listing makes no claims to completeness; indeed, we invite nominations of other scholars (please send names to campus-watch@meforum.org).

Individuals listed here are done so at Campus Watch's initiative; they have neither asked to be included, nor have we asked for their authorization. Specifically, they do not necessarily endorse the Campus Watch project, nor does Campus Watch necessarily endorse all their work.

Amir A. Afkhami
Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and of Global Health
George Washington University
Areas of Expertise: history of medicine and public health, global public health, especially in the Middle East
http://www.gwumc.edu/sphhs/faculty/afkhami_amir.cfm

Fouad Ajami
Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Co-chair, Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
Areas of Expertise: Arab intellectual life, Arab-Israeli conflict, U.S. foreign policy.
http://www.hoover.org/fellows/8881

Nezar Alsayyad
Professor of architecture, planning, urban design, and urban history; chair of the Center for Middle Eastern studies; director, International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments
University of California, Berkeley
Areas of Expertise: Middle Eastern studies, architectural history, urban history, cultural studies of the built environment, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism.
http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/faculty/alsayyad_nezar/

Isaac Alteras
Professor of History
Queen's College
Areas of Expertise: modern Jewish history, US-Israeli relations.
http://qcpages.qc.edu/Jewish_Studies/alteras.html

Shaul Bakhash
Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History
George Mason University
Area of Expertise: Iran.
http://provost.gmu.edu/robinson/about/shaul-bakhash/

Magnus T. Bernhardsson
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History, Chairman of International Studies Program
Williams College
Areas of Expertise: Modern Iraqi history, U.S.-Iraqi relations 1900--2000, archaeology and nationalism in the Modern Middle East
http://history.williams.edu/profile/mbernhar/
http://web.williams.edu/wp-etc/history/magnus/bio.html

Abdelilah Bouasria
Adjunct Professor of Political Science
American University
Areas of Expertise: North African and Middle Eastern politics, social movements, Moroccan Jewish diaspora, Sufism
http://www.american.edu/profiles/students/ab8432a.cfm

Steven Bowman
Professor of Judaic Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Affiliate Faculty
University of Cincinnati
Areas of Expertise: Women in the Bible, Jews in Byzantium, Book of Yosippon, holocaust and resistance in Greece during World War II
http://www.artsci.uc.edu/collegemain/faculty_staff/profile_details.aspx?ePID=NzIzNw%3D%3D

Daniel Brumberg
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise: democracy in the Middle East, Egypt, Iran, Algeria.
http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/brumberg/

David G. Cashin
Professor of Intercultural Studies
Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Ministry
Areas of Expertise: Islamic history, theology, Muslim-Christian relations
http://www.ciu.edu/discover-ciu/who-we-are/faculty-staff/david-g-cashin

Jamsheed Choksy
Professor of Central Eurasian Studies and Professor of History
Indiana University
Areas of Expertise: Central Asia, South Asia, medieval Iran, Zoroastrianism
http://www.indiana.edu/~ceus/faculty/choksy.shtml

Mark R. Cohen
Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East and Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University
Area of Expertise: Jewish history in medieval Muslim countries.
http://www.princeton.edu/nes/people/display_person.xml?netid=mrcohen&display=All

David Cook
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Rice University
Areas of Expertise: Origins and historical development of Islam, Jihad, Islamic Mysticism
http://reli.rice.edu/Content.aspx?id=68

Michael Cook
Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Princeton University
Areas of Expertise: Formation of Islamic civilization and the role played by religious values in that process.
http://www.princeton.edu/nes/people/display_person.xml?netid=mcook&display=Core%20Faculty

Patricia Crone
Andrew W. Mellon Professor, School of Historical Studies
Institute for Advanced Study
Princeton, New Jersey
Areas of Expertise: Islamic history and religion.
http://www.ias.edu/people/faculty-and-emeriti/crone

Adeed Dawisha
Professor of Political Science
Miami University of Ohio
Areas of expertise: the application of theories of democratic transitions and consolidation to the Middle East, particularly post-2003 Iraq.
http://www.users.muohio.edu/dawisha/

Marius Deeb
School of Advanced International Studies Professorial Lecturer of Middle East Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Areas of Expertise: Militant Islamic movements and terrorism.
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/academics/non-degree/summer/faculty.htm

Donna Robinson Divine
Morningstar Professor of Government
Director of Middle East Studies
Smith College
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli conflict, Ottomon Palestine, Middle East history and politics, Muslim and Jewish cultures.
http://www.smith.edu/mes/faculty_divine.php

Alan Dowty
Professor of Political Science, Emeritus
University of Notre Dame
Areas of Expertise: The Arab-Israel conflict; Israeli politics, Middle Eastern international relations, international relations.
http://politicalscience.nd.edu/faculty/faculty-list/alan-dowty/

Richard Foltz
Professor and Graduate Program Director, Department of Religion
Concordia University
Areas of Expertise: Iranian studies, Persian history, Islam, Zoroastrianism, environmentalism/ecology/animal rights in the Muslim world.
http://religion.concordia.ca/faculty-and-research/faculty-members/full-time-faculty/bios/Foltz.php

Robert O. Freedman
Professor of Judaic Studies
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Peggy Meyerhoff Pearlstone Professor of Political Science Emeritus
Baltimore Hebrew University
Areas of Expertise: Russian foreign policy toward the Middle East, Central Asia, Arab-Israeli conflict
http://www.umbc.edu/judaic/faculty.php

David Fromkin
Professor of International Relations, History and Law
Boston University
Areas of Expertise: Modern Middle East politics, International Law
http://www.bu.edu/ir/faculty/alphabetical/fromkin/

Gregory Gause
Associate Professor, Political Science Department
University of Vermont
Areas of Expertise: Arabian peninsula, Persian Gulf.
http://www.uvm.edu/~fgause/

Anna Geifman
Professor of History
Boston University
Areas of Expertise: Political extremism and terrorism, history of the Russian revolutionary movements, psychohistory.
http://www.bu.edu/history/people/faculty/anna-geifman/

Larry P. Goodson
Professor of Middle East Studies
U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pa.
Areas of Expertise: Modern Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan, political Islam, international relations, democratization.
http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/people.cfm?authorID=731

Louis A. Gordon
Professor of Political Science
California State University San Bernardino
Areas of Expertise: Government and politics of the Middle East, Middle East security, national security studies.
http://polisci.csusb.edu/facultyStaff/part_time_faculty.htm

Mary Habeck
Associate Professor of Strategic Studies
School of Advanced International Studies
John Hopkins University
Areas of Expertise: American defense policy, Islamic religion, culture and law, strategic and security issues, terrorism, weapons of mass destruction.
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/faculty/directory/bios/h/habeck.htm

Aaron W. Hughes
AGordon and Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies and Associate Director, Institute for Jewish thought and Heritage
State University of New York at Buffalo
Areas of Expertise: Judaism, intellectual history, historiography, theory, method, and religion.
http://www.history.buffalo.edu/people/hughes.shtml

Norman Itzkowitz
Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus
Princeton University
Areas of Expertise: Ottoman History, modern Turkey.
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/faculty/directory/bios/h/habeck.htm

Susan M. Jellissen
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Belmont University
Area of Expertise: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Violence and Terrorism, Politics of Europe and Politics of the Middle East
http://www.belmont.edu/ps/faculty/susan_jellissen.html

Bruce Jentleson
Professor of Public Policy Chairman and Political Science
Duke University
Areas of Expertise: U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.
http://fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/bwj

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet
Robert I. Williams Term Professor of History
University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Iran, Ottoman empire
http://www.history.upenn.edu/faculty/kashani-sabet.shtml

Mark Katz
Professor of Government and Politics, Department of Public and International Affairs
George Mason University
Area of Expertise: international relations of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Peninsula.
http://pia.gmu.edu/people/mkatz

Timur Kuran
Professor of Economics and Political Science and Gorter Family Chair in Islamic Studies
Duke University
Areas of Expertise: Islam and Economics, Social Mechanisms.
http://econ.duke.edu/people/kuran

John C. Lamoreaux
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Southern Methodist University
Areas of Expertise: Early Christian and Muslim literature in Arabic, the history of the Orthodox Church under Islam.
www.johnlamoreaux.org/index.html

Jacob Lassner
Professor of History and Religion
Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization
Northwestern University
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Near Eastern History, Jewish-Muslim relations.
http://www.religion.northwestern.edu/faculty/lassner.html

Avigdor Levy
Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Brandeis University
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israel Conflict, Ottoman empire, Jews in Muslim countries.
http://www.brandeis.edu/facguide/person.html?emplid=44e1593ff9814fcdfb009bcd18ecb8db62afed19

Bernard Lewis
Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus
Princeton University
Areas of Expertise: Islamic history and culture.
http://www.princeton.edu/nes/people/display_person.xml?netid=blewis&display=All

James E. Lindsay
Associate Professor, Department of History
Colorado State University
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Islamic History.
http://www.colostate.edu/dept/Hist/faculty/lindsay.html

J. Mark Long
Director of Middle East Studies and Associate Professor in the Honors College
Baylor University
Areas of Expertise: Contemporary Islamic fundamentalism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
http://www.baylor.edu/bic/index.php?id=70256

Kanan Makiya
Sylvia K. Hassenfeld Professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Brandeis University
Areas of Expertise: Iraqi history and politics.
http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/faculty/makiya.html

Fedwa Malti-Douglas
The Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences
Professor of Gender Studies and Comparative Literature
Adjunct Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law
Indiana University, Bloomington
Areas of Expertise: Gender and feminist studies in the Arab and Islamic worlds, medieval Arabic biography.
http://www.indiana.edu/~alldrp/members/malti.html

Ann E. Mayer
Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Comparative law, Middle Eastern law, human rights law, international law, Islamic law; law and international business
http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/faculty/mayera.html

David Meir-Levi
Lecturer, History Department
San Jose State University
Areas of Expertise: Jewish studies, modern and ancient Israeli history, Arab-Israeli conflict, archaeology, Near Eastern history
http://www.sjsu.edu/depts/jwss/faculty.html

George J. Michael
Associate Professor of Administration of Justice
University of Virginia's College at Wise
Areas of Expertise: Militant Islam's alliances with the extreme right, extremist political movements.
http://143.60.16.30/socibeh_sciences/faculty.html

Abbas Milani
Hamid and Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies
Stanford University
Areas of Expertise: U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian cultural, political, and security issues.
http://abbasmilani.stanford.edu/

Guity Nashat
Research Fellow
Hoover Institution
Professor Emerita of Islamic and Middle Eastern History
University of Illinois at Chicago
Areas of Expertise: women in the Middle East, Iran
http://www.hoover.org/fellows/9874
http://history.las.uic.edu/history/people/emeriti

Brendan O'Leary
Lauder Professor of Political Science
University of Pennsylvania
Areas of Expertise: Iraq, Kurdistan, ethnic conflict, terrorism.
http://www.sas.upenn.edu/polisci/people/standing-faculty/brendan-oleary

David Siddhartha Patel
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Cornell University
Areas of Expertise: Iraq, Middle Eastern politics, Islamic institutions, political culture.
http://vivo.cornell.edu/individual/vivo/DavidPatel

Camille Pecastaing
Senior Associate Professor of Middle East Studies
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University
Areas of Expertise: Iran, Iraq, Middle East, Persian Gulf.
http://www.sais-jhu.edu/faculty/directory/bios/p/pecastaing.htm

Daniel C. Peterson
Professor of Islamic Studies and Arabic
Brigham Young University
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Islamic Philosophy, Arabic Language and Literature.
http://humanities.byu.edu/directory/dcp6/

Art Pitz
Adjunct Instructor of History
St. Ambrose University
Augustana College
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Civiliation and Religion, Modern Middle East, Arab-Israeli Conflict.
http://web.sau.edu/history/histfac.html
http://www.augustana.edu/x15271.xml?pid=7rgKmbJ

David S. Powers
Professor of Islamic History and Law, Department Near Eastern Studies
Cornell University
Areas of Expertise: Islamic Civilization, Islamic History and Law, Classical Arabic Texts.
http://neareasternstudies.cornell.edu/people/detail.cfm?netid=dsp4

Robert Rabil
Assistant professor, director of graduate studies, Department of Political Science
Florida Atlantic University
Areas of Expertise: Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, US-Arab Relations, Reform in the Arab World and Radical Islam and Terrorism
http://wise.fau.edu/divdept/lifelong/winter2006/w301.htm

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr
Professor of Political Science
University of San Diego
Areas of Expertise: Pakistan, Islamism.
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/data/indiv/area/idsas/NASR,Vali.htm

Bernard Reich
Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
George Washington University
Areas of Expertise: Middle Eastern politics, terrorism, U.S.-Israel relations, Arab-Israeli conflict, Israel and, oil politics
http://www.gwu.edu/~elliott/facultystaff/reich_b.cfm

Andrew Rippin
Professor of History and Dean of the Faculties of Humanities
University of Victoria
Areas of Expertise: Islamic studies, Qur'an and the history of its interpretation
http://web.uvic.ca/~arippin/

Jalil Roshandel
Associate Professor, Director of Security Studies
Department of Political Science
East Carolina University
Areas of Expertise: International Relations, Security Studies, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Comparative Politics, Iran, Turkey, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Persian Gulf
http://www.ecu.edu/polsci/faculty/roshandel.html

James R. Russell
Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies
Harvard University
Areas of Expertise: Armenia, Iran, Zoroastrianism, comparative mythology, linguistics
http://www.nelc.fas.harvard.edu/icb/icb.do?keyword=k56744&state=popup&topicid=icb.topic991821&view=view.do&viewParam_name=russell.html&viewParam_fname=

Franck Salameh
Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages
Boston College
Area of Expertise: Literary Arabic, History of Middle East Linguistics.
http://fmwww.bc.edu/SL-V/salamehCV.pdf

Philip Carl Salzman
Professor of Anthropology
McGill University
Areas of Expertise: Iran, India
http://www.mcgill.ca/anthropology/faculty/fulltime/philipsalzman

Saliba Sarsar
Professor of Political Science and Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives
Monmouth University
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli conflict, democratization
http://www.mcgill.ca/anthropology/faculty/fulltime/philipsalzman

Michael Schub
Lecturer of Arabic
Trinity College
Area of Expertise: Literary Arabic.
http://www.trincoll.edu/depts/mdlg/Arabic/arabic.html

Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
Visiting Professor
GLORIA Center, Herzliya, Israel
Area of Expertise: Comparative international relations between the U.S., the Middle East and Europe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_G._Schwanitz

Haim Shaked
Director, Sue and Leonard Miller Center for Contemporary Judaic Studies
University of Miami
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli conflict, Sudan
http://www.miami.edu/miller-center/pages/faculty.html

Kemal Silay
Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Professor
Indiana University, Bloomington
Area of Expertise: Turkey
http://php.indiana.edu/~ksilay/

Steven L. Spiegel
Professor of Political Science and Director, Center for Middle East Development
UCLA
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli conflict, Middle Eastern political economics
http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/people/faculty-pages/steven-l.-spiegel

Kenneth Stein
William E. Schatten Professor of of Contemporary Middle Eastern History, Political Science and Israeli Studies
Emory University
Areas of Expertise: Israel, Arab-Israeli conflict.
http://history.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/stein.html

Norman Stillman
Professor and Schusterman/Josey Chair in Judaic History and Director of Judaic Studies
University of Oklahoma
Areas of Expertise: medieval and modern Jewish and Islamic History.
http://www.ou.edu/cas/history/fac-staff-stillman.html

John W. Swails
Director of the Center for Israel and Middle East Studies
Oral Roberts University
Areas of Expertise: Iraq, Israel.
http://webapps.oru.edu/new_php/academics/faculty_profile.php?id=64&k=

Raymond Tanter
Visiting Professor
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
Areas of Expertise: Arab-Israeli Conflict, Iran, terrorism, proliferation
http://www1.georgetown.edu/explore/experts/index.cfm?Action=View&NetID=rt54

Ilan Troen
Karl, Harry and Helen Stoll Professor of Israel Studies
Brandeis University
Areas of Expertise: modern Israel
http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/faculty/troen.html

Abraham Udovitch
Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Jewish Civilization in the Near East, Emeritus, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Emeritus
Princeton University
Areas of Expertise: Medieval Islam, Middle Eastern economic history
http://www.brandeis.edu/departments/nejs/faculty/troen.html

Harold (Hal) Waller
Professor of Political Science
McGill University
Areas of Expertise: U.S. budgetary process as a focal point of the struggle over public policy, American politics, research methods, Jewish political studies, Israeli politics.
http://www.mcgill.ca/politicalscience/faculty/waller/

William E. Watson
Professor of History and Chairman of the Department of History
Immaculata College
Areas of Expertise: France and Algeria.
http://www.immaculata.edu/node/253

Birol Yesilada
Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Contemporary Turkish Studies Endowed Chair
Portland State University
Areas of Expertise: Turkish politics, International political economy, European Union
http://web.pdx.edu/~yesilada/

Marvin Zonis
Professor Emeritus, Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago
Areas of Expertise: Middle Eastern political economics
http://www.marvinzonis.com

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