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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. 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 Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis.

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). She has published over 100 articles, and won many awards and prizes including the UC Davis Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (2014, $45,000).



Rice University

EWIC Online Editor

Elora Shehabuddin is Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science at Rice
University. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and Ph.D. in
Politics from Princeton University. She was Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science at the University of California, Irvine, before moving to Rice. Professor Shehabuddin is the author of two books, Reshaping the Holy: Democracy, Development, and Muslim Women in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2008) and Empowering Rural Women: The Impact of Grameen Bank in Bangladesh (Grameen Bank, 1992). She has published articles in Modern Asian Studies, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Journal of Women's History, Südasien-Chronik [South Asia Chronicle], Journal of Bangladesh Studies, and Asian Survey, as well as chapters in numerous edited volumes. She is an Associate Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (Brill) and a guest co-editor of a special issue of Feminist Economics on "Gender and Economics in Muslim Communities." Her current book project is a history of Muslim women, feminism, and global politics.Professor Shehabuddin has received many fellowships, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She has been selected as a Research Associate in the Women's Studies in Religion Program at the Divinity School at Harvard University and as a Carnegie Scholar. Her doctoral dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association's Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award for best dissertation in Religion and Politics. Professor Shehabuddin currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the Women's Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School and on Final Selection Committee of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Women's Studies Fellowship.


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.



The Arab American
Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)

EWIC Online Editor

Zeina Zaatari is the director of the Arab American Cultural Center at the University of
Illinois at Chicago in Chicago, IL. 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 grant making 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

EWIC Online Editor

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

EWIC Online Editor

Nadia Al-Bagdadi 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-Bagdadi deals systematically with the question of gender, religion and modernity in nineteenth-century Middle East.

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