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Muslim Women and the Media Training Institute: Trainers 2019

Suad Joseph, Ph.D. 

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

University of California, Davis

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 director 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 of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) published by Duke University Press. She is also founder and facilitator (since 2001) of the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California and Birzeit University Consortium, and American University of Sharjah (UCDAR). She served as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2010-2011. She is Founding and General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include:  Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews (Syracuse, 2018);  Women and Islamic Cultures:  Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches (Bril, 2013l); Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse, 2000), and Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse, 1999). Her co-edited books include: Building Citizenship in Lebanon (Lebanese American University, 1999); Women and Citizenship in Lebanon (1999) and 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).


Elora Shehabuddin, Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Humanities and Political Science

Rice University

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.


Sarah Gualtieri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in the Department of History and American Studies and Ethnicity

University of Southern California

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.


Zeina Zaatari, Ph.D.

Director of Arab American Cultural Center

University of Illinois at Chicago

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 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).


Lyn Parker, Ph.D.

Professor of Asian Studies

The University of Western Australia

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 focused 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 Honors and Masters level. She has won awards for Research Supervision, and currently supervises eleven PhD students.


Nadia Al-Baghdadi, Ph.D.

Professor of History and Director of the Central European University Institute for Advanced Study (CEU IAS)

Central European University

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.


Shaheen Pasha, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer in Journalism

UMass Amherst

Shaheen Pasha is an educator and journalist who joined the faculty at UMass in January 2013. She previously worked as the Middle East Regional Editor for The Brief, a legal magazine published by Thomson Reuters. Prior to launching the magazine, Pasha was the Islamic finance correspondent at Thomson Reuters, based in Dubai. She has worked at as a banking and legal reporter, covering the Supreme Court and the Enron trial. Pasha was also a reporter at Dow Jones Newswires, where she had a daily column in the Wall Street Journal and appeared as a regular correspondent on CNBC Asia, covering the ADR market. She taught print and online journalism for undergraduate and graduate students at The American University in Cairo and media writing at Pace University in New York. Pasha is the co-editor of Mirror on the Veil: A Collection of Personal Essays on Hijab and Veiling, published by Critical, Cultural and Communications Press (2017) and is a contributor to The Dallas Morning News, New England Public Radio, USA Today, Daily Beast and Quartz, among other news outlets. Her areas of focus include international journalism, Islam and religion, business reporting, and mass incarceration issues. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in speech communication from Pace University.


Nadine Naber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Global Asian Studies

University of Illinois at Chicago

Nadine Naber received her PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Davis. She is an Associate Professor in the Gender and Women's Studies Program and the Asian American Studies Program and holds an affiliation with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. At UIC, she is the co-principal investigator of the Diaspora Cluster. She is a member of the executive committee of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy and the steering committee of the Social Justice Initiative. Nadine came to the University of Illinois from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she co-founded Arab and Muslim American Studies (an Ethnic Studies unit within the Program in American Culture).  Nadine’s research interests lie at the intersections of transnational feminisms; women of color and queer of color theory; de-colonizing feminisms; empire studies; critical race studies; and Middle East Studies; and Arab American Studies. Drawing upon these fields, Nadine’s research theorizes the racialization of Arab and Muslim Americans within the contexts of empire and diaspora and has sought to answer the following question: How can Arab American Studies respond to Orientalism and tackle sexism, homophobia, and racism in ways that neither reinscribe Arab-bashing nor engage in Orientalism? Nadine’s current book in progress, Ending Violence is a transnational feminist ethnography focusing on feminist and queer activism in Beirut, Cairo, Chicago, and Detroit and the ways gendered and sexualized state violence in Arab homelands and diasporas magnify one another and take place within a similar spatial-temporal imperial context.

Nadine is author of Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism (NYU Press, 2012). She is co-editor of the books Race and Arab Americans (Syracuse University Press, 2008); Arab and Arab American Feminisms , winner of the Arab American Book Award 2012 (Syracuse University Press, 2010); and The Color of Violence (South End Press, 2006). Nadine is an editorial board member of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP); an advisory board member of the book series Expanding Frontiers: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality with the University of Nebraska Press and the series Decolonizing Feminisms: Anti-racist and Transnational Praxis with the University of Washington Press. Nadine is a member of the collaborative research group, Arab Families Working Group; a board member of the Arab American Studies Association; and a national council member of the American Studies Association.

Recently, Nadine has served as a Human Rights Faculty Fellow within the University of Michigan's Center for International and Comparative Studies (2011 and 2012). She was the recipient of the Global Challenges for a Third Century award from the University of Michigan (2013). Nadine received the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement's Public Discourse award (2013-2014) and was a faculty fellow with the Great Cities Institute (UIC) (2014-2015). In 2015, she received the University of Washington, Department of Women’s Studies Earl and Edna Stice Social Justice Award (2015). In 2015, she served as an expert author for the United Nations Economic and Social Council of West Asia (UNESCWA) and became a distinguished speaker for the American Studies Association. She is currently a recipient of the Policy and Social Engagement Fellowship from the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (2015-2016). Nadine Naber was selected as an International Fellow with the Open Society Foundation’s Academic Fellowship Program to work with the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine in the areas of curriculum and research development (2013-2016).

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