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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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Upcoming Events

Training to Engaged Gender Research Group Seminar on May 28, 29; June 1, 2019 in Amman, Jordan

Transformative and Engaged Research on Gender Violence seminar, co-organized by the Training to Engaged Research Group and Arab Council for the Social Sciences. The seminar will be held from May 30th to June 1st in Amman, Jordan at the Kempenski hotel.

Past Events

UCDAR Lunch Lecture: Transforming Refugee Mental Health; May 15, 2019; International Center Room 3119, RSVP at; See attached Flyer for more information

5th Annual ME/SA Student Research Symposium, April 18, 2019; 11:30 AM - 6:30 PM; International Center Room 3119, See attached Tentative Schedule for more information

UC Davis Arab Region Consortium
Sustainability Research and Training Program
Lunch Lecture: "Mitigating Heat Islands for Dryland Cities," presented by Yaser Abunnasr, PhD and Stephen Wheeler, PhD
12:00pm, March 5, 2019, Rm 3119, International Center, UC Davis

Grant Proposal Writing and Research Design for UC Davis Faculty Brown Bag Lunch on January 22, 2019 in Room 2005, Plant & Environmental Sciences Building, UC Davis

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

Training to Engaged Gender Research Group Seminar September 21-23, 2018 in Amman, Jordan


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