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Associate Professor, Institute for Women’s Studies, Birzeit University

Lamis Abu Nahleh is an associate professor and researcher at Birzeit University in Palestine. She has conducted research on gender and education, the Palestinian family and household, and gender case studies in gender and various development sectors, including women’s micro-credit projects, community-based rehabilitation programs, gender integration into industrial schools, gender analysis and planning in the Palestinian National Authority, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Empowerment in the Palestinian context, and “Honor Killing” in Palestine. She is also engaged in training activities in the area of gender policy analysis and planning, and in the planning and evaluations of gender integration and mainstreaming in development policies, plans and projects.

Research Project: Marriages and Movements: Weddings and Wars


Selected Publications:

  • Honor Killing: Honor Crimes in Palestine from 2004-2006, published by Palestinian Non-Governmental Organization Against Domestic Violence Against Women (Al Muntada), Palestine, 2007. (Also available in Arabic)
  • Six Families: Survival and Mobility in Times of Crisis in Living Palestine: Family, Survival, Resistance and Mobility under Occupation, edited by Lisa TarakiNY: Syracuse University Press, 2006. (Also now available in Arabic, published by Institute of Palestine Studies)
  • Promoting the Status of Gender in The Community Based Rehabilitation Program in Palestine, a Working Paper, Jerusalem: Diakonia /NAD, March 2003.
  • The Palestinian Ministry of Youth and Sports: A Case Study of Gender Integration, by Lamis Abu Nahleh, Islah Jad and Lisa Taraki, was published by Direction du Developpement et de la Cooperation (DDC) and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Regional Support Office for the Arab States Urban Management Programme, Cairo, Egypt: June 2000.
  • Gender Planning, Vocational Education, and Technical Training (VETT) in Palestine, published by the World University Service (UK), September 1996. (Also published in Arabic.)



Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator, Development Studies Program, American University in Cairo

D.Phil. in Development studies, Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, Doctorate in Economic Science, KMU, Budapest, Hungary, December, 1979, B.Sc. (honors), Pure Theory, University of Khartoum, April, 1973, a B.Sc. in Economics, Cairo University, Egypt (1970).  Previously: Director of the Middle East Research Awards (MEAwards) at the Population Council, Cairo (1999-2001), Visiting Researcher, OAS-AUC, Co-founder and coordinator of the Group for Alternative Policies for Sudan (GAPS) (1996-1999), Associate Professor, El Fatih University, Tripoli, Libya (1995-1996), Head Department of Economics, Juba University, Sudan (1990-1995), and Assistant Professor at the same university since 1986.

Dr. Elnur is currently the Graduate advisor, Political Science Department at AUC.  Elnur is the co-coordinator of the Sudanese Diaspora Research Group (SDRN).  His current research and teaching Interests includes the following: Development and International Political Economy, population dynamics with emphasis on migration-development nexus, public policy, economics of education, health, and war and reconstruction.  His publications and research interests focus on reconstruction of war torn communities, the state and globalization, urban poverty, changing conditions of educated elite reproduction, new urbanities-ruralities, modernities; survival strategies, feminization of the labor process and family dynamics, alternative development policies and the economics of education and health.

Research Project: War, Diasporas, and Reproduction of Social Class among Sudanese Elite

Selected Publications:

  • From Political Patronage to Empowerment: A Critique of Subsidies' Systems, Anti-poverty Policies and Inequalities in Rentier and Quasi-Rentiers Regimes in The Arab World, background Paper for the Arab Human Development Report 2012 (Forthcoming, AHDR 2012).
  • The Changing Hydraulics of Conflict and Cooperation in the Nile Basin: The Demise of Bilateralism, in Sharif Elmusa (ed.), Cairo Papers in Social Science special issue on:The Burden of Resources: Oil and Water in the Gulf Region and The Nile Basin, AUC Press, (June, 2011).
  • Chasing Modernities: On Mobility-development nexuses: The Challenges of Harnessing Transformative Potential”, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence (July 2010),
  • "Contested Sudan: The Political Economy of war and Reconstruction", Routledge Middle east Studies, Routledge, 200,2012 .
  • Sudan: From Prolonged Civil wars to Fragile Peace, background paper for the Arab Human Development 2009 (UNDP, AHDR), 2009.
  • “Differentiation in the Educational Systems, Diasporas and Reproduction of Educated Elites,” in Social Science in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Determinants, State and Potentials ed. A. Ben Hafaiedh and M. El Jaziri, 2004.
  • September and the Widening North-South Gap: Root Causes of Terrorism in the Global Order,” Arab Studies Quarterly, 2003.
  • “The Second Boat of African New Diaspora: Looking at the Other Side of the Global Divide with Emphasis on Sudan,” African Issues, 2002.



Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Cairo University

Hoda Elsadda is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cairo University.  She previously held a Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World at  Manchester University, and was Co-Director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World in the UK. In 1992, she co-founded and co-edited Hagar, an  interdisciplinary journal in women’s studies published in Arabic. In 1997, she co-founded and is currently Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Women and  Memory Forum, a research organization which focuses on reading Arab cultural history from a gender-sensitive perspective. She is a member of the editorial board of  the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies JMEWS; member of the Advisory Board of the Durham Modern Languages Series; Associate Editor of the Online Edition of the Encyclopedia of Women in Muslim Cultures; member of the Board of Directors of The Global Fund for Women(2009-); Consultant Editor of the Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies, Second Edition,(2006-2009); member of the Advisory Board ofal-Raida.

Research Projects: Blogging in Egypt and Palestine: The Creation of New Cultural Public Spheres, Gender and Nation in the Literature of the 1990s in Egypt


Selected Publications

  • 2012. Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt: 1892-2008.  Edinburgh University Press and Syracuse University Press.
  • 2012 (edited with an introduction) al-Niswiyya wa al-Tarikh (Feminism and History), translated by Abir Abbas.  Cairo, the Women and Memory Forum,
  • 2011 “Women’s Rights Activism in post-Jan25 Egypt: Combating the Shadow of the First Lady Syndrome,” in Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011): 84-93.
  • 2011 “ A ‘phantom freedom in a phantom modernity’?: Protestant Missionaries, Domestic Ideology and Narratives of Modernity in an Arab Context,” inRethinking History, 15:2 (June 2011): 209-228.
  • 2010 (edited with an introduction) ‘Intaj al-Ma’rifa ‘an al-‘Alam al-‘Arabi (Mapping the Production of Knowledge on the Arab World).  Proceedings of a conference held in Cairo in July 2007.  Cairo, the Supreme Council of Culture.
  • 2010 “Arab Women Bloggers: The Emergence of Literary Counterpublics.” In Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, 3:3  (2010) pp. 312-332.
  • 2010. “Dialogue Section: The Arab Feminist Research and Activism: Bridging the Gap between the Theoretical and Practical,” in Feminist Theory 11:2 (August 2010) pp.121-127.
  • “Egypt,” Arab Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide 1873-1999. Edited Radwa Ashour, Ferial Ghazoul and Hasna Mekdashi, trans. By Mandy McClure. Cairo and New York, The American University Press, 2008. The article was first published in Arabic in 2004 as “Al-Kitaba al-`Ibda’iyya lil Nisa’ fi Misr” (Women’s Creative Writing in Egypt) in Thakira lil Mustaqbal: Mawsu’at al-Mar’a al-`Arabiyya (The Memory of the Future: An Encyclopaedia of Arab Women’s Writings). Cairo, Nour and The Supreme Council of Culture, pp.7-59.
  • Imaging the ‘New Man’: Gender and Nation in Arab Literary Narratives in the Early Twentieth Century, in Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 3: 2, pp. 31-55, Spring 2007.
  • Gendered Citizenship: Discourses on Domesticity in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century, in Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 4:1 pp.1-28, 2006.
  • Discourses on Women’s Biographies and Cultural Identity: Twentieth Century Representations of the Life of `Aisha Bint Abi Bakr, in Feminist Studies, 27:1 (Spring), pp.37-64, 2001.



Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis

Omnia El Shakry is an intellectual historian at the University of California, Davis where she teaches courses on Modern Middle East History  and World History. Her research interests relate to the history of social science in Egypt and the formulation of a post-colonial national  modernity.

Research Project: A Genealogy of the Concept of Youth: Emerging Categories in Egyptian Public Discourse


Selected Publications



Associate Researcher, Institute of Women’s Studies

Penny Johnson is an independent researcher and an  associate researcher at the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine where she is the co-editor of the Institute’s Annual Review of Women’s Studies. Her recent publications and research interests have focused on  women’s narratives of the Palestinian present, wives and families of political prisoners, youth perceptions of proper and improper marriages and  gender and the second Palestinian intifada.. She was a member of the first Palestinian National Commission for Poverty Eradication and is an associate editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.

Research Project: Marriages and Movements: Weddings and Wars

Selected Publications

  • with Rita Giacaman. “My Life is Prison: The Triple Captivity of Palestinian Wives and Mothers,” forthcoming in Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, 9:3 (autumn 2013)
  • “Introduction: Neither Homeland or Exile Are Words,” in Seeking Palestine: New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home, edited Penny Johnson and Raja Shehadeh. Delhi: Women. Unlimited, 2012, Northampton: Olive Branch Press/Interlink, 2013.
  • Displacing Palestine: Palestinian Householding in an Era of Asymmetrical War,” Politics and Gender 6:2, 2010.
  • “Unmarried in Palestine: Embodiment and (dis)Empowerment in the Lives of Single Palestinian Women,” IDS Bulletin, Volume 41, Number 2, March 2010.
  • “What Rosemary Saw:  Reflections on Palestinian Women as Tellers of the Palestinian Present,” Journal of Palestine Studies, 152, Summer 2009.



Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American University in Cairo

Barbara Lethem Ibrahim is the founding director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, established in 2006 at the American University in Cairo. Prior to that, she served for fourteen years as regional director for West Asia and North Africa at the Population Council. From 1982 to 1990, she was program officer at the Ford Foundation regional office in Cairo, responsible for programs in urban poverty, micro enterprise lending, and gender studies. She has been an international visiting scholar at the Center on Philanthropy, Indiana University (2008) and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University (2005). She served as a past or current board member of African Women in Crisis, Virtual Activism, the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies Egypt, and Voices for a Democratic Egypt. She speaks internationally on the topics of Arab youth in civic participation and philanthropy/social investing in the Arab world. Her BA is from DePauw University, MA in Sociology from the American University of Beirut, and PhD in Sociology from Indiana University. In 1999 she was inducted into the International Educators’ Hall of Fame. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies in 2003.

Research Project: The Civic Struggles of Urban Egyptian Youth

Selected Publications:

  • From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy (chapter author, volume editor with Dina Sherif) American University in Cairo Press: October, 2008.
  • Strengthening Philanthropy and Civic Engagement in the Arab World: A Mission for the John D. Gerhart Center Voices in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, Working Paper #1, American University in Cairo, October 2006.
  • Negotiating Leadership Roles: Young Women’s Experience in Rural Egypt, with Martha Brady and Rania Salem. Women’s Studies Quarterly, special issue on “Women and Development: Rethinking Policy and Reconceptualizing Practice”, 2004.
  • The Costs of Marriage in Egypt: A Hidden Variable in the New Arab Demography, with Diane Singerman. The New Arab Family (ed. Hopkins). Cairo Papers in Social Science, volume 24, numbers 1/2, 80-116, 2003.
  • Decline in Female Circumcision in Egypt: Evidence and Interpretation, with Omaima El-Gibaly, Barbara Mensch, and Wesley Clark. Social Science and Medicine. volume 54 no. 2. January, 2002.



Associate Professor of Gender and Development, Birzeit University

Dr. Jad is one of the founders of the Women’s Studies Institute at Birzeit University in 1994, and of WATC (Women’s Affairs Technical Committee) in 1992, a national coalition for women. She has published many works on Palestinian and Arab women political participation and political development. She was also a co-author for the Arab Human Development Report of 2005. Dr. Jad obtained her Ph.D. in Gender and Development from the Department of Development Studies, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies –University of London) in 2004. Dr. Jad is a senior researcher on gender issues in the Arab region and Palestine, and has done many consultations for different Palestinian ministries, international organizations, and NGOs. She is also a senior gender trainer. Dr. Jad is an Associate Professor working in the Cultural Studies Department and the MA program on Gender and Development at Birzeit University in Palestine. Currently, Dr. Jad is a Campbell Resident Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and French.

Research Project: The Politics of Group Weddings in Palestine: Political and Gender Tensions


Selected Publications:

  • The ‘NGOisation’ of the Arab Women’s Movement, IDS Bulletin, Sussex University Press, October 2003.
  • Mobilization without Sovereignty in the Oslo Period, in SherifaZuhur, Women and Gender in the Islamic World, Berkeley: UCIA and UC Press, 2003.
  • Islamist Women of Hamas: A New Women’s Movement? In FereshtehNouraie-Simone (ed.) On Shifting Ground; Muslim Women in a Global Era, Feminist Press, 2005.
  • Women at the Cross-Roads, (in Arabic), Muwatin Institute for the Study of Democracy. Palestine.
  • Arab Human Development Report (2005): Women’s Empowerment, UNDP, New York. Launched on December 2006.



Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies, University of California, Davis

Suad Joseph is professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis. She is the founding director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies program at UC Davis. Her research has focused on her native Lebanon, on the politicization of religion, on women in local communities, on women, family and state, and on questions of self, citizenship, and rights. Her current research is a long-term longitudinal study on how children in a village of Lebanon learn their notions of rights, responsibilities, and citizenship in the aftermath of the civil war. She is founder and facilitator of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG). She is founder and first president of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS) and co-founder of AMEW’s Journal for Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) published by Indiana University Press. She is also founder and facilitator for the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California, and Birzeit University Collaborative Initiative. She was awarded the Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, the Graduate Mentor Award at UC Davis, and the Chancellor’s Award for Diversity and Community. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the International Development Research Center, the Population Council, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council/American Council of Learned Societies, and the Doha International Foundation for Family Studies and Development.

Research Project: Transnational Lebanese Families and Youth: Moveable Citizenship


Selected Publications:

    • 2003 Volume I. Methodologies, Paradigms and Sources.
    • 2005 Volume II. Family, Law, and Politics.
    • 2006 Volume III. Family, Body, Sexualities, Health.
    • 2007 Volume IV. Economics, Education, Mobility and Space.
    • 2007 Volume V. Practices, Interpretations and Representations.
    • 2007 Volume VI. Index and Supplement.
    • 2010-2012 Supplements I, II, III, IV, EWIC Online
  • Edited and Co-Edited Books
    • 1999 Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self and Identity. Suad Joseph, Ed., Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
    • 2000 Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East. Suad Joseph, Ed., Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
    • 2001 Gender and Power in the Middle East. Suad Joseph, Susan Slymovics, co-Eds, University of Pennsylvania Press.
    • 2010 Framings: Rethinking Arab Family Projects. Rethinking Arab Family Projects



Professor of Ethics and Migration, Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha.

Ray Jureidini is Professor of Ethics and Migration at the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics at Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Doha, Qatar. Until December 2011 he was Director of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies (CMRS) at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Ray has previously held the position of associate professor and chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the American University of Beirut and has taught in several Australian universities. His research interests lie in the fields of industrial and economic sociology, migration, human rights, racism, and xenophobia. His current research looks at temporary labor migration and concepts of ‘unfree’ or ‘slavery-like’ migrant labor and human trafficking, with particular focus on female migrant domestic workers in Lebanon and the Middle East.

Research Project: Post-Crisis Household Division of Labour in Lebanon


Selected Publications

  • 2011      Jureidini, R. “State and Non-State Actors During the Conflict in Lebanon, July-August 2006” in Khalid Koser and Susan Martin (eds)  The Migration-Displacement Nexus: Concepts, Cases and Responses, Berghahan Books, pp 197-215.
  • 2010       Jureidini, R. “Trafficking and Contract Migrant Workers in the Middle East”, International Migration, Vol. 48 (4) August 2010, pp. 142-163
  • 2009       Moors, A., Jureidini, R., Ozbay, F., Sabban, R. & Jaber, H. “Migrant Domestic Workers in the Middle East: Becoming Visible in the Public Sphere?” in Seteney Shami (ed) Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa, Columbia University Press and Social Science Research Council, New York.
  • 2009       Ahmed, Yasmine and Jureidini, Ray An Exploratory Study on Child Domestic Workers in Egypt, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Terre des Hommes, American University in Cairo, Egypt, October 2009: 85 pages.
  • 2009       Jureidini, R. “In the Shadows of Family Life: Towards a History of Domestic Service in Lebanon”, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Vol 5, No. 3, pp74-101.
  • 2009       Jureidini, R. “Irregular Workers in the Labour Market: migrants and refugees working as domestic workers in Egypt” International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS) Vol. 11, No. 1, 2009, pp. 75-90.
  • 2006       Jureidini, R. “Sexuality and the Servant: An exploration of Arab images of the sexuality of domestic maids in the household” in S. Khalaf and J. Gagnon (eds)  Sexuality in the Arab World. Saqi Press, London, Chapter 6, pp. 130-151.



Economics and Gender Consultant

Mona Chemali Khalaf is an economist and an independent consultant on gender and development issues. She is a formerProfessor of Economics and Director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis Initiative (GERPA), established by the World Bank and CAWTAR in 2006. She is a member of the editorial board of Al-Raida, a quarterly magazine dealing with women’s issues in the Arab world. Previously she was a member of the Lebanese NGO Commission for the Preparation of the 1995 Beijing World Conference on Women, the Lebanese National Commission for Women Affairs (1996-1999), and the Board of Trustees of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), 1996-1999. She was the senior coordinator of the Basic Living Skills Program (2003), a non-formal integrated educational kit in Arabic, geared towards illiterate and semi-literate women in the Arab world. She has written extensively about women, gender, economics, and the labor market. Her research presently focuses on migration and women.

Research Project: Exploring the migration of young Lebanese couples to the Arab Gulf,  the reasons behind it and its impact on the various members of the family.

Website link:

Selected Publications:

  • “Lebanon” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women (in press);
  • “Lebanon” in Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Freedom House (2010);
  • Women’s Control over Economic Resources and Access to Financial Resources, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) (2009);
  • “Male Migration and the Lebanese Family: The Impact on the Wife Left Behind”, The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (special issue on War and Transnational Families), Fall 2009.
  • Evaluating the Status of Lebanese Women in light of the Beijing Platform for Action, the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Arab State Regional Office (both in English and Arabic), 2002.
  • “Women in Post War Lebanon”, in Kail, C. Ellis, Lebanon’s Second Republic, Prospects for the Twenty-first Century, University Press of Florida, 2002.
  • “Women’s Studies: Middle East and North Africa”, in Routledge International Encyclopedia for Women, Vol. 4, 2000.


Assistant Professor of Sociology, Institute for Women’s Studies, Birzeit University

Eileen Kuttab is an assistant professor in sociology and a faculty member and researcher at Institute of Women studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She is a founding member of the Institute of Women Studies and founding director from 1998 until August 2008. As a woman activist, she has been involved with grassroots women’s organizations and has served on boards of trustees of human rights and development research centers. Her recent involvement in research and advocacy focused on “Alternative Development: Social and economic rights as a realistic approach to development under colonial occupation.. Her main research interests focus on the relation of feminism to nationalism, social movements and in particular the women’s movement, gender and development particularly women’s work in the informal sector and coping strategies, neo-liberalism and higher education,  and tools for community empowerment through community based organizations.Her recent work in AFWG focuses on youth and political participation.

She is the first elected woman to head the Teachers and Employees Syndicate at Birzeit University in Palestine since 2011. A core member of the Arab Families Working Group a collaborative group of researchers working on Arab families.

Research Project: Palestinian Youth: Construction of Desires and Imaginaries in Different Social Contexts

Selected Publications:

  • Kuttab, E. "Coping with Conflict: Palestinian Families and Households, against all Odds. in eds. Di Marco, Graciela   Tabbush, Constanza  (2011)Feminisms, Democratization and Radical Democracy: Case studies in South and Central America, Middle East and North Africa. UNSAMEDITA. Buenos Aires.
  • Kuttab, E. 2010. “Empowerment as Resistance: Conceptualizing Palestinian Women’s empowerment in “Development” 2010, 53(2). 247-253.
  • Kuttab, E. "Palestinian Women's Organizations: Global Cooption and Local Contradiction" in Cultural Dynamics, 2008 20(2):99-117.
  • Kuttab, E.  The Paradox of Women’s Work: Coping, Crisis, and Family Survival ed. Taraki L. In Living Palestine, Family Survival, Resistance, and Mobility under Occupation.Syracuse University Press, 2006.



Associate Professor, Chair: Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, American University of Beirut

Jihad Makhoul is an associate professor and chair at the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health, at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut. Her research and publications have focused on war affected populations such as internal displaced families of the Lebanese civil war as well as border crossing refugee populations, such as Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. She is also interested in applications of research methodology, such as research ethics, qualitative research and community based research in the Arab Region.

Research Projects: Displaced Arab Families: Coping and Changes in post-war Beirut; Displaced Arab Families Coping and Changes: Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon; A Situation Analysis of Applied Research Ethics involving Human subjects in Lebanon and Qatar: challenges, dilemmas and implications for capacity building.


Selected Publications

  • Starting Over from scratch: youth social support and youth coping with internal displacement, In Family and Community Health,2011.
  • “I felt that I was benefiting someone”: Youth as agents of change in a refugee community project, In Health Education Research, 2011.
  • Developing a logic model for youth mental health: Participatory research with a refugee community in Beirut, In Health Policy and Planning,2001.
  • Parental attitudes and perceptions towards their children’s participation in clinical research: a developing country perspective. In Medical Ethics, 2010.
  • Development and validation of the Arab Youth Mental Health Scale In Community Mental Health Journal, 2010.
  • Obtaining informed consent: observations from community research with refugee and impoverished youth, In Medical Ethics, 2009.
  • Displaced Arab Families: mothers’ voices on living and coping in post-war Beirut, In Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies, 2009.
  • Violence: the Silent Determinant of Child Labor, Journal of Children and Poverty, 2004.
  • An Ethnographic Study of the Consequences of Social and Structural Forces on Children: The Case of Two Low Income Beirut Suburbs, in Environment and Urbanization, 2003.
  • A Structural Perspective on Poverty and Health Inequalities in Lebanon, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, 2003



Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, University of Amsterdam

Annelies Moors studied Arabic at the University of Damascus and anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. From the early 1980s on, she has conducted anthropological fieldwork in Palestine (Nablus); later she also did fieldwork in Yemen (San‘a) and elsewhere in the Arab world. From 2001-2008 she was the Amsterdam University chair at ISIM (Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World). Currently she is professor of contemporary Muslim societies at the University of Amsterdam where she directs the research programme on Muslim cultural politics at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research. Participants in this programme work on fashion, artistic performances, music, and mosque design; Muslim family law and everyday life; and the cultural politics of migrant domestic labor. She is currently writing a book about face-veiling in the Netherlands and beyond.

Research Projects: Marriages and Movements: Weddings and Wars


Selected Publications

  • Women, Property, and Islam: Palestinian Experiences 1920-1990, Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Guest editor of a special issue of Fashion Theory, on Muslim Fashions (with Emma Tarlo), 2007.
  • Moors, Annelies, 2011, Colonial traces?  The (post-)colonial governance of Islamic dress: gender and the public presence of Islam, in Maussen, Marcel, Veit Bader and Annelies Moors, eds., The colonial and post-colonial governance of Islam. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 135-155.
  • Moors, Annelies, 2011, '"Islamic Fashion" in Europe: Religious conviction, aesthetic style, and creative consumption', in Rafael Reyes-Ruiz, eds., Encounters: Engaging Otherness. London: I.B.Tauris. Pp. 187-213  (reprint of article in Encounters from 2009).
  • Moors, Annelies, 2009, ''The Dutch and the Face Veil: The Politics of Discomfort', Social Anthropology 17, 4: 392-407 (also translated in Spanish).
  • Moors, Annelies, 2009, ‘Weddings and war. Marriage arrangements and celebrations during two intifadas. JMEWS 5, 3: 11-34 (with Penny Johnson and Lamis Abu Nahleh)



Associate Professor, Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies, University of Illinois, Chicago

Nadine Naber is an Associate Professor in Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago.  She received her Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Davis. Her research and teaching contribute to the field, Arab American Studies, by incorporating the methods and theories of Women of Color, Transnational, and Post-Colonial Feminist Studies. Her work utilizes ethnographic methods that allow for theorizing from lived experience. She has contributed a diasporic Arab feminist critique that approaches Arab American concepts of gender and sexuality at the nexus of a dynamic interplay between immigration, assimilation, racialization, and U.S. imperial formations. She has also developed feminist analyses of the changing realities of race, gender, and religion among Arab Americans before and after September 11th. Her current research focuses on the significance of family, gender, and sexuality to practices of diasporic nationalisms among Arab Americans in the context of homeland wars. Nadine Naber is co-founder of the Arab Women's Solidarity Association, North America (cyber AWSA); Arab Movement of Women arising for Justice (AMWAJ) and Arab Women’s Activist Network (AWAN) and actively engaged in INCITE! Women of Color against Violence.

First Research Project: The Transnational Circulation of Families in a Time of War: Lebanese Border Crossings Between Lebanon and Michigan

Second Research Project with Zeina Zaatari: Re-Imagining Family, Gender, and Sexuality: Feminist and LGBT Activism in the context of the 2006 Invasion of Lebanon

Selected Publications:

  • Articulating Arabness: Gender and Cultural Politics between Empire and Diaspora. New York: New York University Press, Series: Nation of Newcomers: Immigrant history as American History. 2012.

  • Arab and Arab american Feminisms: On Gender, violence, and Belonging. Edited with Rabab Abdulhadi and Evelyn Alsultany. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 2010.

  • Transnational Families Under Siege: Diasporic Engagements with the 2006 War on Lebanon, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. 5(2), 2009.

  • Race and Arab Americans Before and After September 11th: From Invisible Citizens to Visible Subjects, (Co-edited with Amaney Jamal). Syracuse: Syracuse University Press. 2007.

  • The Rules of Forced Engagement: Gendered Inscriptions of Terrorism on Arab Muslim Bodies, Journal of Cultural Dynamics. 18(3): 235-267, 2006.

  • Arab American Femininities: Beyond Arab Virgin/American(ized) Whore, Journal of Feminist Studies. 32(1): 87-111; Reprinted in Sex, Gender, and Sexuality (Oxford University Press); Reprinted in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Forthcoming, Routledge), 2006.

  • Ambiguous Insiders, An Investigation of Arab American Invisibility, Journal of Ethnic and Racial Studies. 23(1): 37-61, 2000.



Director, Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, American University in Cairo

Martina Rieker is the Director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies at the American University in Cairo. Previously she served as the associate dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the American University in Cairo. Before that, she served as associate director of the Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (AUC) during 2001-2005. She is co-coordinator of the Shehr Comparative Urban Landscapes in the Middle East and South Asia Network and co-coordinator of the (Re) Construction of War Torn Communities in the Middle East and Africa Working Group.

Research Project: Collecting Data, Constructing Desire: The Girl Child as Problem Space

Selected Publications:

  • Rethinking Feminist Interventions Into the Urban. Edited by Linda Peake and Martina Rieker (Routledge, 2012)
  • Comparing Cities: The Middle East and South Asia Edited by Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker (Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa Edited by Martina Rieker and Kamran Asdar Ali  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
  • "Urban Margins: Envisioning the Contemporary Urban Global South." Special Issue Guest Editors: Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker. Social Text 26, no. 2 95 (2008)



Lecturer and Consultant, Women Gender, and Sexuality; Middle East and North Africa

Zeina Zaatari is a Lecturer and Consultant specializing in issues realted to women, gender and sexuality, with regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. Dr. Zaatari received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory from the University of California at Davis. She has conducted fieldwork with women’s groups and women activists in South Lebanon detailing their life histories and the ways they negotiated their work in civil society of a post-war country. Prior to joining GFW, Zeina was a Lecturer at the University of California at Davis and San Francisco State University, where she taught women’s studies, gender and sexuality, and the anthropology of religion. Zeina is a former Board member of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies, a founding member of the Radical Arab Women Activist Network (RAWAN) and Sunbula: Arab Feminists for Change, and collective member of the producers of Voices of the Middle East and North Africa, on KPFA 94.1 in Berkeley, California. Zeina has organized several regional convenings and conferences focusing on women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa.

First Research Project: Visual Media and the Making of Citizens and Gendered Subjects

Second Research Project with Nadine Naber: Re-Imagining Family, Gender, and Sexuality: Feminist and LGBT Activism in the context of the 2006 Invasion of Lebanon

Third Research Project:Lebanese Heteronormativity: Family, Adulthood, and Citizenship


Selected Publications

  • Telling Our Stories: Women’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa; editor, published by Global Fund for Women, San Francisco, 2011,
  • “The Production of Knowledge on Women, Gender, and Islamic Cultures: International Development Agencies.” In The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph, Online Editor Hoda Elsadda. Netherlands: Brill Publishing, Brill Online., 2010.
  • “In the Belly of the Beast: Struggling for Nonviolent Belonging.” In Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, pp. . NY: Syracuse University Press, 2010.
  • “Women and Leadership in the Middle East and North Africa.” In Gender and Women’s Leadership: A Reference Handbook, Edited by Karen P. O’Connor, pp.363-371. UK: Sage Publications, Inc., 2010
  • “The Culture of Motherhood: An Avenue for Women’s Civil Participation,” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 2(1):33-64, 2006


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