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Lisa Hajjar, Edward Said Chair of American Studies (

Lisa Hajjar is a professor of sociology at the University of California - Santa Barbara, and in 2014-2015 she became the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut. In June 2015, she became director of CASAR. Her research and writing focuses on law and legality, war and conflict, human rights, and torture. She is the author of Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza (University of California Press, 2005) and Torture: A Sociology of Violence and Human Rights (Routledge, 2013). In addition to being a Co-Editor at Jadaliyya, she serves on the editorial committees of Middle East Report and Journal of Palestine Studies. She is currently working on a book about anti-torture lawyering in the United States.

phone: +961 374-374, ext 4195

Nancy Batakji Sanyoura, Program Coordinator

Nancy Batakji Sanyoura received her MA in Public Administration from the American University of Beirut in June 2009. She began working as the first administrative assistant at CASAR – AUB. Currently, she is the Program Coordinator of CASAR. Prior to that, Nancy worked at The Arab Thought Foundation as a Public Relations Assistant and helped in organizing the Foundation’s First and Second Annual conferences. Nancy was associate editor of the proceedings volumes of CASAR’s three previous conferences. She has participated in media outreach workshops for civil society practitioners.

phone: +961 1 350000 ext. 4195
Fax: +961 1 744461
Building 37, (behind The Old Lee Observatory), Ground floor, room 301

Executive Committee

Dr. Adam John Waterman                  English Department ( 
Dr. Anjali Nath                                       CASAR ( )
Dr. Sirene Harb                                     English Department ( 
Dr. Waleed Hazbun                              Political Studies and Public Administration
                                                                  Department (
Dr. Hatem El Hibri                                 Media Studies program (


Second International Advisory Board (IAB)

Dr. Alex Lubin                                       University of New Mexico,Albaquerque
Dr. Amy Kaplan                                    The University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Marwan Kraidy                               University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Mounira Soliman                           The American University in Cairo
Dr. Moustafa Bayoumi                        CUNY, Brooklyn College
Dr. Ruth Wilson Gilmore                    CUNY


Assistant Professors

Anjali Nath, Assistant Professor (

Anjali Nath is an Assistant Professor of Transnational American Studies in the Center for American Studies and Research, jointly appointed in Media Studies. Nath holds a PhD in American Studies & Ethnicity (with a certificate in visual studies) from the University of Southern California. Her work explores the visual culture of military detention in the ‘War on Terror’; she examines a variety of artifacts (art objects, documentary film, redacted government documents), focusing on what these differing pieces illuminate about the visual politics of detention and disappearance. Her writing has appeared in Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies, American Quarterly, Studies in Documentary Film and Amerasia Journal.

Current Visiting Professors

Steven Salaita, Edward Said Chair of American Studies (

Steven Salaita is the Edward Said Chair of American Studies. His latest book, due October 6, is “Uncivil Rites:Palestine and the Limits of Academic Freedom

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