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Dr. Suad Joseph



University of California, Davis

Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies


Suad Joseph


Anthropology Department, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

Office 2-R Young (530) 752-1593,  Fax (530) 752-8885



1962-66 State University of New York at Cortland. B.A. Social Science. Magna cum Laude.

1966-67 University of Pittsburgh. Anthropology. One year graduate work.

1967-75 Columbia University Anthropology. Ph.D. 1975. Thesis title: The Politicization of Religious Sects in Borj Hammoud, Lebanon.

Dr. Suad Joseph CV


Most of Dr. Joseph's anthropological field research has focused on her native Lebanon. Her early work investigated the politicization of religious sects in Lebanon leading up to the civil war in 1975--questions of ethnicity and state, local community organization and development. That work led her to consider the impact of women's visiting networks on local and national politics, and the relationships between local communities, community organizations and the state. Joseph developed a long-term research program on the interface of gender, family and state in the Middle East, with a focus on Lebanon, with comparative work in Iraq. Central to this research program has been her work theorizing culturally situated notions of "self", "rights", "citizenship" in the context of different political regimes and in the context of the pressures and processes of globalization. She is carrying out a long-term research project following a cohort of children in a Lebanese village, observing, as they grow, how they learn their notions of rights, responsibilities, nationality, citizenship; how these notions come to be gendered; and how the notions are transferred from family arenas into political/public arenas. The project includes analysis of citizenship, family and transnationalism as these families have migrated to the US and Canada over the course of the study.  She leads a project analyzing the representation of Arabs, Muslims, Arab American, and Muslim Americans in major American print news media. Prof. Joseph is the founder of the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology (which evolved into the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association), founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) and the Arab Families Research Group. She founded and directs the University of California Davis Arab Region Consortium, including the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, Birzeit University, American University of Sharjah, and UC Davis. She was president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America in 2010-2011. She is co-founder and founding president of the Arab American Studies Association and co-founder of the Association for Middle East Anthropology.  She is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.  She has edited or co-edited 10 books, and published over 100 articles in journals and books.  She has been a faculty at the University of California, Davis since 1976 where she is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies. She is founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UC Davis and  was awarded the UC Davis Prize – the largest undergraduate teaching and research prize in the United States.


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Winter 2019 Grant Writing Workshop on January 16th from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in 142 Hunt Hall

Faculty Bag Lunch Presentation January 29th from 12:10 - 2:00 PM in 203 Mrak Hall

TERG Seminar March 22 - 24, 2019

TERG Seminar September 21-23, 2018 in Amman, Jordan

2017 November 30 Suad Joseph lecture “ Cooking in the Cauldron:  Middle East Anthropology 1966-2017”.  It was for the Middle East Studies Section of the American Anthropological Association Distinguished Scholar Lecture, in recognition of life time achievement.

Dr. Joseph presented the Distinguished McMillan-Steward Lecture in Women in the Developing World at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 5pm, October 18, 2017. The title of the talk:    “State of the Arab Family and the Family of the Arab State”.  The talk was open to the public.

August 2017:  Suad Joseph was invited and accepted serving on the Advisory Board of the CHANGE Project of  the Portia Gender and Science:

Suad Joseph presented a Proposal Writing Workshop for the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of California, Berkeley on September 11, 2017

Suad Joseph presented a Proposal Writing Workshop for the Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, San Diego, October 2017

"The State of Family and the Family of the State: Critical Arab Family Studies" Lecture. February 13, 2017, Brown University

Training to Engaged Research Seminar. Taught for Arab Council for the Social Sciences, January 30-Feb 3, 2017, Ramallah, Palestine

International Panel on Social Progress January 26-28, 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.

Training to Engaged Research Seminar: Data Gathering, Cairo, Egypt. Taught for Arab Families Working Group. January 20-22, 2017. Cairo, Egypt

Report and Discussions with Diamond Developers on Sustainability Research and Training Program November 20-23, 2016, Dubai, UAE.

Organized & Chaired Workshop of the Gender Initiative of the AUB/AUC/LAU/BIRZET/AUS/UC Davis (BCBCB) Consortium, November 2, 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

Organized & Chaired Workshop of the Steering Committee of the AUB/AUC/LAU/BIRZEIT/AUS/UC Davis (BCBCB) Consortium, November 1, 2016, Beirut, Lebanon

Conducted Training To Engaged Transformative Gender Research in Amman, Jordan, November 2016

Conducted Training Towards Engaged Transformative Research Seminar in Cairo, Egypt, October 2016

Delivered the keynote address at the American University Conference “The Contributions of Arab Women Towards a Lasting Peace” on December 7, 2016 in Washington, DC.

Delivered the keynote address at the Doha International Family Institute Conference on “The Impact of Wars and Conflicts on Arab Families”, October 17, 2016 in Doha

Honored at a dinner by the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies for her life time contributions to scholarship and mentoring scholars at the Middle East Studies Association meetings  November 18, 2016, in Boston, MA

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