Samer Frangie - Director
Samer Frangie received his PhD from the University in Cambridge in 2009. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Studies and Public Administration at AUB. His research and teaching interest includes the intellectual and political histories of the modern Middle East and contemporary social theory. He has published a number of articles on the intellectual history of the Arab Left and is currently working on a book manuscript on the memory of the left. Aside from his academic work, he has published extensively in the Arab press.
Tarif Khalidi - Shaykh Zayid Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies
Professor Tarif Khalidi received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1970. He taught at AUB’s History department from 1970 to 1996, when he became the Sir Thomas Adams’ Professor of Arabic at Cambridge University. While at Cambridge, he was also Director of the Centre for Middle East and Islamic Studies and a Fellow of King’s College. In 2002, Professor Khalidi returned to AUB to take up the position of Sheikh Zayid Chair in Islamic and Arabic Studies. [Homepage]
Nader El-Bizri (CVSP), Program Coordinator for Islamic Studies
Nader El-Bizri received his PhD from the New School for Social Research in New York in 1999. He is currently a Professor and Director of the Civilization Sequence Program at AUB, and the Director of the Anis Makdisi Program in Literature. Prior to joining AUB in 2012, he was a Principal Lecturer (Reader) at the University of Lincoln, and has lectured at the Universities of Cambridge and Nottingham, the London Consortium, and taught at Harvard University. Professor El-Bizri has published and lectured widely and internationally in Islamic Studies, Philosophy, History of Science and Architectural Humanities.
Nadya Sbaiti - Assistant Professor
Nadya Sbaiti joined AUB as Assistant Professor at CAMES/SOAM in January 2015. She holds degrees from Tufts University and Georgetown University and has taught at Mount Holyoke College and Smith College. She specializes in the social and cultural histories of the modern Middle East. Her current book manuscript examines the central role of education to the formation of multiple national narratives and the production of history in Lebanon under French mandate. Her publications include "'A Massacre without Precedent': Pedagogical Constituencies and Communities of Knowledge in Mandate Lebanon," (forthcoming); “‘If the Devil Spoke French’: Strategies of Language and Learning in French Mandate Beirut,” about the cultural and political significance of language of instruction in French mandate Beirut, and has written articles that guide researchers through Lebanon’s postwar archival terrain. Additional research interests include spatial manifestations of colonial and national projects; colonial methods of social control; the production of history as both discursive and material practice; tourism and heritage; and contemporary popular culture (music, film, game shows, and reality television). In addition, she has served as co-editor of the peer-reviewed Arab Studies Journal and helped produce the acclaimed documentary film, "About Baghdad" (2004).
Aliya Saidi - Assistant Director
Aliya Saidi received her Ph.D. from King's College, University of Cambridge, in Oriental Studies in 2001 and joined CAMES soon afterwards. She has a background in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and specialized in the role of women in Medieval Islam. As the Assistant Director at CAMES, she coordinates student affairs and the center's activities, lectures, conferences, and publications, in addition to being the academic advisor for CAMES students and running the CAMES summer Arabic program.
Fawwaz Traboulsi - Visiting Professor
Fawwaz Traboulsi is a visiting professor at the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies. He received his PhD from the Université de Paris VIII in 1993. He taught at the Lebanese American University for many years and has been a visiting professor at numerous universities in the USA and Europe. He has published widely and translated numerous books into Arabic. His monographs include: A History of Modern Lebanon (2007); Al-Dimuqratiya Thawra (الديمقراطية ثورة) (2011) Hareer wa Hadeed: Min Jabal Lubnan ila Qanat al-Suweiss (حرير و حديد: من جبل لبنان إلى قناة السويس) (2013), Thawrat bila Thuwwar ثورات بلا ثوار) ( 2013). A long time journalist, Dr. Traboulsi is the editor of Bidayat journal.
Rosemary Sayigh - Visiting Lecturer
Rosemary Sayigh received a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Hull (UK) in 1994, an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University of Beirut in 1976 and a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in 1948. From 2007 until the present she has been a visiting lecturer at CAMES. Her publications include: Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries (1979) (Selected by Choice as one of their Outstanding Academic Books for 1979); Too Many Enemies: The Palestinian Experience in Lebanon (1994); Voices: Palestinian Women Narrate Displacement (2008) (a multi-media eBook, in collaboration with Borre Ludvigsen, Leena Saraste, and Susanne Olsen: http://almashriq.hiof.no/voices/). She has also authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and has taken part in a large number of panels and conferences. She continues to actively engage in community activities in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon.
Mario Kozah - Visiting Assistant Professor
Mario Kozah received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in Oriental Studies. He moved to Lebanon in 2003 and began teaching Arabic, Semitic Studies and Syriac language and literature at the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages and Islamic Studies at CAMES. He is twice recipient of a Qatar National Research Fund grant and is the lead editor of the trilogy: The Syriac Writers of Qatar in the Seventh Century; An Anthology of Syriac Writers from Qatar in the Seventh Century; and Dadisho Qatraya’s Compendious Commentary on the Paradise of the Egyptian Fathers in Garshuni (Gorgias Press, 2014, 2015; and forthcoming in 2016). He has also edited a volume on the Lebanese poet Jawdat Haydar (Jawdat Haydar’s Poetic Legacy: Issues of Modernity, Belonging, Language and Transcendence, CSP, 2016), and is the author of a monograph on the Muslim polymath Abū Rayḥān al-Bīrūnī: The Birth of Indology as an Islamic Science. Al-Bīrūnī’s Treatise on Yoga Psychology (Leiden: Brill, 2015).
Rima Kanawati - Instructor
Rima Kanawati received a BA in Arabic Literature from Beirut Arab University and an MA in Arabic Language and Literature from the American University of Beirut. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Arabic Language and Literature at the American University of Beirut and her research topic focuses on the development of teaching Arabic as a second language through utilization of recent technological and communication advancements. Since 2011, she has worked at CAMES as an instructor of Arabic as a second language and teaches in the CAMES summer Arabic program. She has been working in the field of teaching Arabic as a second language since 2004 with international students as an instructor of Arabic language as a second language working with students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds.
Rima Semaan - Instructor
Rima Semaan graduated from AUB with a Teaching Diploma and an MA in Arabic Literature. She began her teaching career at Emory University in the US where she was the coordinator of the Arabic Program at the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. She has taught in a number of universities in Lebanon and is currently a full time instructor of Arabic at AUB. She teaches Arabic as a Foreign Language, both Modern Standard and Lebanese Colloquial, at different levels of language proficiency, in the CAMES summer Arabic program and during the regular academic year. She also teaches content based courses for native speakers of Arabic in the Department of Arabic and Near Eastern Languages. She has designed teaching material for many of the courses she has taught at the university level and for private lessons she has given to international faculty members at AUB, ambassadors, diplomats, UN and NGO employees. She has presented in MESA conference and in various workshops, and is interested in modern Arabic literature, mainly poetry, as well as foreign language acquisition.
Barea Sibai - Administrative Assistant