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Dr. Suad Joseph at University of California, Davis

EWIC General Editor

Suad Joseph is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at the University of California, 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 and on their transnational families who have moved to the United States and Canada.

She is founder and Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program. She founded the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology which evolved into the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.

She is founder and facilitator of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG), a group of 16 scholars undertaking comparative, interdisciplinary research on Arab families in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the United States.

She is founder 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 founder and Director of the University of California Arab Region Consortium, which includes the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, Birzeit University, American University in Sharjah, and UC Davis. She served as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2010-2011.

She is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse, 2000), Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse, 1999), Women and Islamic Culture: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches 2003-2013 (Brill 2013), and Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews (Syracuse 2018) Her co-edited books include: Building Citizenship in Lebanon (Lebanese American University, 1999); Women and Citizenship in Lebanon (1999), Women and Power in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001), and Muslim-Christian Conflicts: Economic, Political and Social Origins (Westview 1978).



Rice University

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Elora Shehabuddin is Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice University. She currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, as well as of the Chao Center for Asian Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University and A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University. Her dissertation, "Encounters with the State: Gender and Islam in Rural Bangladesh," was awarded the American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Award for best dissertation in religion and politics in 2002. Her publications include the books Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (2008) and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (1992); articles in Modern Asian Studies, Signs, Journal of Women's History, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in several edited books. She is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She was selected to be a Research Associate in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School at Harvard University in 2004-5. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006 for a comparative study of gender and Islamist politics in the Middle East and South Asia. She has also begun work on a historical study of the intersection of feminism and Islam in the shadow of empire.


University of Southern California

EWIC Online Editor

Sarah Gualtieri is Associate Professor in the Departments of History and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She is a scholar of the modern Middle East whose work focuses on questions of race, gender, and migration. Her book "Between Arab and White" (University of California Press, 2009) examines the history of Arab racial formation in the United States with a particular focus on the problematic of “whiteness.” Specifically, the work explores how Arabs came to be officially classified as white by the U.S. government, and how different Arab groups interpreted, accepted, or contested this racial classification over the course of the 20th century. Gualtieri is now working on a project entitled "The Lebanese in Los Angeles: Migration and Transnationalism in a Multi-racial Landscape," which has received funding from the American Council of Learned Societies and USC's Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences Fellowship. At USC, Prof. Gualtieri teaches undergraduate courses on Women and Revolution in the Middle East, Arabs in America, the Modern Middle East, and a graduate seminar in Critical Studies of Whiteness. She served for two years as Faculty Advisor to the Middle East Studies Program at USC.



University of California, Davis

EWIC Online Editor

Zeina Zaatari is an independent consultant and researcher focusing on gender and sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently working on a book project titled: Interrogating Heteronormativity in Lebanon: Family, Citizenship, and Access to Adulthood. Previously, she worked as the Regional Director for the MENA Program at Global Fund for Women (2004-2012) where she managed a diverse grantmaking program to support women’s movements. She earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Feminist Theory from the University of California at Davis, with dissertation fieldwork focusing on women’s groups and activists in South Lebanon. She currently serves as Secretary of the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development and is a core group member of the Arab Families Working Group.

Her publications include an edited book Telling Our Stories: Women’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa (2011), and chapters/articles including “Desirable Masculinity/Femininity and Nostalgia of the “Anti-Modernity”: Bab el-Hara Television Series as a Site of Production” in Sexuality and Culture (2014), “Re-Imagining Family, Gender, and Sexuality: Feminist and LGBT Activism in the context of the 2006 Invasion of Lebanon” co-written with Nadine Naber in Journal Cultural Dynamics: Insurgent Scholarship on Culture, Politics, and Power (2014), “Arab Feminist Awakening: Possibilities and Necessities” in Arab Feminisms: A Critical Perspective (in Arabic 2012, English 2014), “In the Belly of the Beast: Struggling for Non-Violent Belonging” in Arab and Arab American Feminisms (2011), “Women’s Leadership in the MENA,” in Gender and Women’s Leadership (2010), “Production of Knowledge: International Development Agencies” in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (2010), and “The Culture of Motherhood: An Avenue for Women’s Civil Participation” in Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2006). Additionally, she has authored several commissioned research publications including: “Unpacking Gender: The Humanitarian Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Jordan” (2014, Women’s Refugee Commission), and “No Democracy Without Women’s Equality: Middle East and North Africa” (2013, Social Science Research Council, Conflict Prevention and Peace Forum).



The University of Western Australia

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Professor Lyn Parker is a social and cultural anthropologist in the School of Social Science at The University of Western Australia. She has specialized in Indonesia, and has conducted fieldwork in various parts of Indonesia, including Bali and West Sumatra. Her research has mainly focussed on development, gender relations, the anthropology of education, youth, multicultural education and, more recently, environmental education. Her first book was From Subjects to Citizens: Balinese Villagers in the Indonesian Nation-State (2003); other books include The Agency of Women in Asia (2005) and her most recent book, Adolescents in Contemporary Indonesia (with Pam Nilan, 2013). Her research has been funded by a succession of large grants from the Australia Research Council. She teaches in Anthropology and Asian Studies at undergraduate level, and social theory and gender in development at Honours and Masters level. She has won awards for Research Supervision, and currently supervises 11 Ph.D. student.


Central European University

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Nadia Al-Baghdadi is a professor in the Department of History at the Central European University (CEU) and the director of the CEU Institute for Advanced Study (CEU IAS) specializing in modern Islamic history, thought, literature and culture. She studied at the Freie Universität in Berlin, in Cairo and Tunis. She examines in-depth the various actors, structures and relationships of Late Ottoman Modernity and Muslim Reformism in the Arab East.  She connects Arab and Ottoman history with European history. One of her current research projects relocates the entangled connections of European and Arab borders of faith and the role of religion, scholarship and modernity between Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean. Prof Al-Baghdadi deals systematically with the question of gender, religion and modernity in nineteenth-century Middle East.

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