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UCDAR Consortium Steering Committee Members

Current Members of the Steering Committee Are:


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Lina Choueiri

Professor of English Language

Department of English

Term began Sept 2017

Within the study of grammar in the Generative approach, Lina's research interests follow three lines of inquiry: (1) the application of formal grammars to the study of human language, (2) the comparative syntax of Semitic languages, and (3) the status of the syntactic component of the grammar with respect to the other components (i.e. phonological and semantic). The empirical domain of her research revolves around the notion of 'displacement' and the relationship between pronouns and their antecedents in constructions like questions and relative clauses. Some of her recent publications include articles in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistic Inquiry, and the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics. The Syntax of Arabic, which is co-authored with Joseph Aoun and Elabbas Benmamoun, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. She had been an Assistant Professor in the English Department, at AUB, and a member of CELRT since Fall 2000.



John Swanson PhD

Professor and Associate Provost for Special Projects

American University in Cairo.

Term began March 2017



John T. Swanson is currently associate provost for assessment, evaluation and special projects at The American University in Cairo (AUC), a position that he has held since 2005. He also holds the title of joint professor of Egyptology and history, which he was awarded in 2011. At various times over the past decade, he has served as director of AUC’s core curriculum (2004 - 2009) and director of international programs (2006 - 2009). His duties are primarily administrative in character, but he is particularly interested in late Roman and early Islamic Egypt and he regularly teaches courses in AUC’s Egyptology program and in AUC’s freshman scientific thinking program.

Swanson joined AUC in 1978 after completing a PhD in African History at Indiana University. He earned a BA in history and Latin at Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana) in 1972. From 1978 to 1989 he served as an administrator and occasional teacher in AUC’s programs of intensive Arabic language instruction. For most of this period he was the director of AUC’s Arabic Language Unit and Cairo Co-Director of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) - a U.S. government-sponsored program dedicated to providing advanced instruction in Arabic language to outstanding American students of Arabic. Thereafter, he moved to the provost office as an assistant provost, and from 1989 to 2009 was responsible for one of AUC’s major outreach efforts, organizing programs of lectures for visiting college and university groups from the United States and Europe. He also served as lecturer and study leader for many Smithsonian Institution travel programs in Egypt, Turkey, Syria, Jordan and the Arabian Peninsula.





Mohamed El-Tarhuni, PhD
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies

Professor | Electrical Engineering

Tel +971 6 515 2944
Fax  +971 6 515 2979

PO Box 26666, Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

UCDAR Term: April 2017-


Dr. Faisal Awadallah, PhD, PE

Professor of Transportation Engineering

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Birzeit University

Birzeit, West Bank


Telephone +970 2 298 2038

Fax:+970 2 281 0656


Term: August 2017-

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Faisal Awadallah is professor of Transportation Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering at Birzeit University, Palestine. He obtained his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maryland, USA. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Maryland.   He was a visiting professor at Penn State University, University Park, PA in 1997/1998 and at North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC in 2011/2012. He was a consulting for many projects in the Middle East, Europe and USA. Dr. Awadallah supervised several master and PhD theses and has numerous journal and conference publications in the areas of traffic engineering and urban planning.


Dr. Fuad A. Hashwa, Ph.D.

Professor of Microbiology & Biotechnology

Coordinator of EU-Erasmus+ Exchange Program

Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs

Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Lebanese American University

Byblos Campus

P.O. Box 36 – F 80

Byblos (Beirut), Lebanon

Cell: +961 324 1106

Office: +961 954 7254 ext. 2340

Skype name: fuad.hashwa

UCDAR Term began: November 2002

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Dean Fouad Hashwa joined LAU in 1994 after a long career in research and teaching.

He was a post-doctoral fellow and an instructor at the University of Bonn, Germany, between 1972 and 1976. He then joined the University of Jordan in Amman as an assistant professor of microbiology and was promoted to associate professor in 1981. He spent a sabbatical year as a senior Fulbright Fellow at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and University of Maryland, College Park, in 1983–84. In 1991 he joined AUB as a visiting professor.

Dr. Hashwa has an extensive publication and research record and is an active member in several international scientific societies. He is a recipient of several research awards and grants from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Program, USAID, German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD), German Research Council (DFG), CNRS–France, European Union, Royal Scientific Society in Jordan, and the World Bank. He has presented several papers at international conferences and has organized many scientific meetings, workshops and excursions — local, regional and international.

In May 2007, Dr. Hashwa received an award and a prize from the Society of Human Genetics and Fertility for his pioneering work in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF & ART).

He was the chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences in Byblos between October 2003 and September 2005. He was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in Byblos in October 2003. He is a professor of microbiology and biotechnology.

Dr. Hashwa has spearheaded scientific cooperation agreements between LAU and the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany, Heidelberg University, Germany, and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.


Dr. Suad Joseph, Ph.D.

Distinguished Research Professor, Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

University of California, Davis

One Shields Avenue

Davis, California  95616

Young Office: 530-752-1593

Mrak Office: 530-752-7312

Skype name: suad.joseph

Term began: July 2001

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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 a six-university 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 8 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 Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies, and Faculty Assitant to the Chancellor.  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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