Dr. Marwan Refaat will be appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) effective August 1, 2012. He graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine form AUB with distinction – rank one in 2003. After which, he did one year of Internship in Internal Medicine at AUBMC (2003-2004), three years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, three years of fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine (2007-2010) and a Graduate Certificate in Medical Service Management (2009) from the University of Pittsburgh, and two years of fellowship in Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), where he has also served as a visiting scientist at the J David Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Medicine. At present, he is a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at UCSF. He has authored 25 publications in peer reviewed journals, many of which are in the first quartile. He will be involved in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows in his area of expertise, and will contribute to the curriculum of the fellowship training at the division of cardiology; in addition, he will be involved in the research and clinical activities of the department and division.
Mohamad received his PhD in Accounting from the University of Iowa in May 2012. He has empirical archival research interests that include international accounting, conservative financial reporting, and corporate governance. At the University of Iowa, he taught financial accounting and won the department of accounting award for teaching excellence. Prior to pursuing his PhD, he worked as an external auditor at Deloitte in Beirut, Lebanon. Mohamad holds an MA in Economics from the University of New Brunswick in Canada in addition to an MBA and a BBA (with distinction) from the American University of Beirut. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Dr. Dustin McWherter received his M.A. in modern European philosophy and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Middlesex University in London. While studying there he was awarded two studentships and taught undergraduate courses in modern political philosophy, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. His research interests include Kant and German Idealism, Bhaskar’s critical realism, and more generally continental philosophy, meta-philosophy, and philosophy of science. His book The Problem of Critical Ontology: Bhaskar Contra Kant will be published later this year by Palgrave Macmillan. He has also published articles in the journals Kantian Review and Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy and served as associate editor for an issue of the multidisciplinary journal Collapse.
Prior to completing his doctoral degree at Duke University, Octavian Esanu curated and produced art projects in collaboration with Eastern and Western European institutions for contemporary art. He was the founding director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art, Chisinau, Moldova (currently KSA:K Chisinau), with which he continues to collaborate. Currently he is preparing for publication his first academic book Transition in post-Soviet Art (CEU Press) and as part of two editorial teams collaborates with the international art journals ARTMargins and Umelec. In all of these activities he is seeking a common ground between his artistic, curatorial and academic interests.
Lina Younan Sabbagh
Lina Younan is a holder of a BSN and MSN degree from AUB, and a DNP from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, USA with a GPA of 3.94/4. For the past 17 years, Mrs. Younan has held several positions in the healthcare filed which included 8 years as a Nursing Director professional, and around 10 years as a senior nursing person.
During her work as a nursing director, she was responsible for the overall managing of a multidisciplinary team, and resolving nursing issues proactively. In addition, her experience as a Nurse Manager in the operating room department has taught her how to plan and organize care and work with people from diverse backgrounds, in a highly stressful environment. Also, she has extensively participated in teaching and preparing staff development programs which consequently widened her awareness of breakthroughs in clinical and nursing fields. Her educational background and past work experience strongly match the position’s requirements as a Clinical Assistant Professor, and will definitely contribute to the challenging environment of the Hariri School of Nursing.
Prior to being the Whittlesey Chair at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Emily Jane O’Dell taught Egyptology and Islamic Studies at Columbia University. For her work on Sufism and foreign policy, she has been an Edward A. Hewett Policy Fellow for the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, an American Councils Research Fellow, an IREX Fellow, and a State Department Critical Languages Fellow. Dr. O’Dell was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard, where she received an award for excellence in teaching and served as a Research Fellow for the Islamopedia Initiative. As the Chief Epigrapher for Brown and Cairo University at the Great Pyramids in Egypt, Dr. O’Dell additionally collaborated on recently returned objects to the Egyptian Museum. Dr. O’Dell has also taught Egyptology and Creative Writing at Brown University, where she received her BA, MFA, MA and PhD, in addition to her Masters from Columbia in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies.
Dina Jane Kiwan
Dr. Dina Kiwan is joining the American University of Beirut as Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies, Faculty of Arts and Sciences from September 2012. She was educated at the Universities of Oxford, Harvard and London. Previously, from 2006-201l, she was a Senior Lecturer in Citizenship Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Co-Director of the International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC), a joint international centre of Birkbeck College and Institute of Education, University of London (http://www.bbk.ac.uk/icedc). With extensive international networks in Europe, the United States, and the Middle East, she has conducted funded research collaborations, has organised international conferences, and has published on citizenship education, naturalisation and ethnic and religious diversity including her book, Education for Inclusive Citizenship (Routledge, 2008), which awarded joint second prize in 2009 by the Society for Educational Studies. She has extensive policy experience in the domain of citizenship, in the fields of both naturalisation and education in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. In 2002, she was appointed to the UK’s Home Office ‘Life in the UK’ Advisory Group by the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett. In 2007, she was commissioned to co-author a Diversity and Citizenship review for the government Department of Education. In addition, she has acted as an advisory board member of the Lord Goldsmith Review of Citizenship (2007-08). Other policy experience includes being invited to a Council of Europe ‘Youth, Citizenship and Human Rights’ expert seminar in Strasbourg, and most recently, an invitation to contribute in an advisory capacity as an expert to the Carnegie Middle East Center ‘Education for Citizenship in Arab Countries’ research project.
Dr. Lama Fawaz will be appointed as Instructor in the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology effective July 1, 2012. She graduated with a BS degree in MLT from AUB, MS degree in Microbiology and Immunology (Immunovirology) from the University of Montreal, and with a Ph.D. degree in Experimental Medicine (Immunology) from McGill University, Faculty of Medicine in 2007. After graduation, she did three years of Post-doctoral studies in Neuroimmunology in the Department of Neurology (Neuroimmunology Unit) at the Montreal Neurologic Institute, McGill University (2007-2010). During her post-doctoral training, Dr. Fawaz was involved in clinical projects applying Immune-based therapies to auto-immune diseases (Multiple Sclerosis). She has been serving as Lecturer of Basic and Clinical Immunology, Immunohematology, Physiopathology, Vaccinology, and Zoonoses (Veterinary Public Health) at graduate and undergraduate levels at the Lebanese University since 2010. Her name appears on seven publications in peer-reviewed journals, 4 of which as a major contributor, focusing on regulatory immune mechanisms. She will be involved in teaching of medical and graduate students, as well as in the research activities at the department and at the Multiple Sclerosis Center.
Dr. Bassem Youssef will be appointed as Instructor of Clinical Radiation Oncology in the Department of Radiation Oncology effective July 1, 2012. He graduated with M.D. degree from the Lebanese University in 2007. After which, he did one year of internship in Internal Medicine (2007-2008) and four years of residency training in Radiation Oncology (2008-2012) at FM/AUBMC. He will be involved in teaching of medical students and residents, and will also be involved in the clinical activities of the Department of Radiation Oncology.
Dr. Elie Akl will be appointed as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine effective August 1, 2012. He graduated with M.D. degree from St. Joseph University in 1999. After which, he did one year of residency in Family Medicine at Hotel Dieu de France Hospital (1999-2000), completed his residency training in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine at the University at Buffalo (2000-2004), including one year as Chief Resident (2003-2004). He then received his Master degree in Public Health in 2004, and his Ph.D. degree in Epidemiology and Community Health in 2008 from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been appointed as Research Assistant Professor (2004 -2006), Assistant Professor of Medicine (2006-2010), Assistant Professor of Family Medicine (2008-2010) at the University at Buffalo, promoted to Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Research Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo in 2010. He will be involved in teaching of medical students, residents and fellows, and will contribute significantly to Clinical Research Institute and to Clinical Epidemiology at AUB, and will be involved in the clinical activities of the Department of Internal Medicine.
Dr. Nesrine Rizk will be appointed as Instructor of Clinical Medicine (Infectious Diseases) effective July 1, 2012. She graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from AUB in 2001. After which, she completed three years of residency training in Internal Medicine (2002-2005), and two years of fellowship in Infectious Diseases (2005-2007), and one year of HIV and AIDS fellowship (2007-2008) at Case Western Reserve University. She will be involved in teaching of medical students, residents and fellows in her area of specialty, and will be involved in the clinical activities of the Department of Internal Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Deborah Mukherji has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Hematology-Oncology) effective June 15, 2012. She graduated with the degree of MBBS from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s Medical and Dental School in 2002. After graduation, she completed four years of residency training in Internal Medicine (2002-2006), and five years of clinical fellowship in Oncology at various hospitals in London (2006-2011). Since March 2011, she has been appointed as Clinical Research Fellow at the Institute of Cancer Research of the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. Dr. Mukherji is a member of the Royal College of Physicians since 2005. Her name appears on 23 peer-reviewed publications, of which 9 as first author, and 5 as second author. She will be involved in teaching, clinical and research activities of the Division of Hematology-Oncology and the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute; she will also be active in the area of clinical research in oncology.
Hiba El Hajj
Dr. Hiba El Hajj has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine effective April 1, 2012. She graduated with a Ph.D. degree in Molecular Parasitology from the University of Montpellier II, France in 2005. After which, she completed six month of post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Parasitology at the same university and she has been post-doctoral fellow in molecular oncology at AUB, Department of Internal Medicine since July 2006. Her name appears on 17 peer-reviewed publications, 6 of which as first author. Of the 6 papers as major contributor, 5 were published in upper tier journals in their respective disciplines. She will be involved in the research activities mainly in the areas of molecular biology and oncology, and will be involved in teaching of graduate and medical students.
Lisa Hajjar is an associate professor in the Sociology Department at the University of California - Santa Barbara. She holds a PhD in Sociology from The American University, an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Hajjar's work focuses mainly on the relationship between law and conflict. Her publications include "Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza" (University of California Press, 2005), "Torture and Rights: How the Relationship between Violence and Law Has Shaped History and Affected Societies" (Routledge, in production), and numerous articles in scholarly journals and publications with large readerships. She is a member of the editorial committees of Middle East Report, a publication of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP), and the Journal of Palestine Studies, and is a co-founder of the e-zined Jadaliyya. Her current work focuses on American torture and anti-torture lawyering.
Elia El Darzi
Elia El-Darzi is a visiting associate professor at the Olayan School of Business. Elia worked at the department of business information systems, school of computer science, university of Westminster, London UK since 1989. Elia has a wide experience in teaching; course development; curriculum development; and managing teaching; people and research. He received: his PhD in Operational Research in 1988 from Brunel University, London, UK; his MSc in Operational Research in 1983 from Southampton University, UK: and his BSc in Mathematics and Statistics in 1979 from the Lebanese University in Beirut.
Elia has co-authored more than 70 papers in refereed journals and proceedings, two conference proceedings and a special issue of an international journal. He has served on the programme committee of many leading conferences. His current research interests are healthcare modelling and management, business analytics and intelligence.
Mohamad Jaber received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from Grenoble University - Verimag Laboratory, France in 2010, under the supervision of Professor Joseph Sifakis (Turing Award 2007) and Professor Jean-Claude Fernandez. He received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from Grenoble University, France in 2007, and B.E. degree in Computer Science from Lebanese University, Lebanon in 2006, respectively. After one year as a post-doc at Verimag, he has joined the System Level Synthesis Group at TIMA Laboratory. His current research interests are in the domain of distributed and parallel systems, component-based design and implementation, embedded systems, source-to-source transformation, model checking, runtime verification. He also visited many research centers around the globe such as Microsoft Research (Redmond, WA) and Institute for Software Integrated Systems (Vanderbilt University, Tennessee).
Dr. Tamer Amin obtained an MA in Chemistry from Boston University and an MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology from Clark University. His research focuses on trying to understand the nature of scientific understanding and reasoning, how scientific concepts are learned and the implications of these processes for science education. A theme that runs through much of his work is the relationship between language and scientific thought with an emphasis on the use of metaphor in science. While his research targets issues in science education, it is conducted primarily from the perspective of cognitive and developmental psychology, drawing extensively from the field of cognitive linguistics. Recently, he has begun to research the challenges multilingual contexts raise for science education in the Arab world. Dr. Amin's research has been published in the journals Learning and Instruction; Human Development; Science Education and The Journal of the Learning Sciences and as chapters in a number of edited volumes dealing with the topics of teaching science for conceptual change; science education in the Arab world; language and conceptualization; the role of social interaction in the development of knowledge; and the construction of new methods in psychology.
May Farah’s work is situated at the intersections of Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Middle East Studies and Anthropology, with a particular emphasis on theories of diaspora, nationalism, and the transnational and global media. May received her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University (BA Honors, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada; MA ‘97, AUB). Her dissertation, entitled “Home versus Shelter: Place, Media, and Identity among Lebanon’s Palestinian Refugees,” focused on the relationship between diasporic populations and national identity in a globalized media age. Her research interests include different theoretical and methodological issues, including globalization and transnationalism, spatiality, new media and mediated identities.
Dr. Pierre Karam will join the American University of Beirut as an assistant professor of Chemistry. He received his bachelor degree in Chemistry with honor from the Lebanese American University in 2004 and a Masters degree from the American University of Beirut in 2006. In 2011, he earned his Ph.D. from McGill University. He joined thereafter Professor Peidong Yang’s research group at UC Berkeley as a postdoctoral fellow. In the summer of 2012, he received the “Fond Quebecois postdoctoral fellowship” and worked in Professor Shana Kelley’s laboratory as a visiting postdoc at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Karam has received many prestigious awards including the young investigator award from “16th International Symposium on Hepatitis C Virus and Related Viruses” and the Student Research Achievement Award from the “54th Biophysical society meeting”. In 2011, He was elected as the president of the UC Berkeley postdoctoral association.
At AUB, his research group will address problems in renewable energy and will develop diagnostic tools for early disease detection.
Dr. Dr. Ramzi Alami has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery (General Surgery) effective May 1, 2012. He received his MD degree from AUB in 1998. After which, he completed his residency training in General Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University/ MCV Hospitals (1993-2004), and was appointed attending staff at Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System (2004-2006). He was also appointed as Clinical Instructor in the Division of General Surgery at Stanford University in 2004. Dr. Alami is certified by the American Board of General Surgery. In addition, he will be involved in teaching of residents in the area of bariatric surgery, as well as in the research and clinical activities of the department.
Nicole Khoury has a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Arizona State University and an MA in English Composition from California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include: rhetorical theory and criticism, non-Western rhetorics, transnational gender and women’s movements, Middle Eastern (Arab, Islamic, and Lebanese) feminist rhetorics and discourses, feminist historiography, composition theory and writing pedagogy. Her dissertation, “(Re) Positioning Lebanese Feminist Discourse: A Rhetorical Study of Al-Raida (Pioneer) Journal, 1976-1985,” is a feminist historiography revealing the Lebanese women’s movements and attempts to position their arguments in the global discourse on women’s equality during the Lebanese civil war period. She has taught various writing and rhetoric courses, including first-year composition, advanced argument, Arab women’s rhetorics, creative non-fiction, academic writing, and professional writing.
David Currell obtained degrees in mathematics, classics and English from the University of Melbourne and the PhD in English from Yale. His present work treats the transformative development of satiric themes and characters in European heroic literature, with a special focus on Shakespearean theatre and seventeenth-century epic poetry. Other research interests include the contribution of myth and imaginative literature to thought about the foundations of society, anarchy, and utopia; and political and philosophic themes in the writings of John Milton.
Dr. Jaafar received his BS in Agriculture and MS in Irrigation from AUB in 1997 and 1999, respectively. In 2003 he earned his PhD from Utah State University after receiving a scholarship from the Irrigation Engineering Department at USU in 2000. He then served on behalf of the US Department of Justice and the US Department of Interior as an expert witness in water rights adjudication and irrigation projects in the Western United States, where he presented before US Federal Courts and Tribal Councils on irrigation water requirements and water uses (2003-2007). Since then he has worked on strategic irrigation and water planning and management projects in several Middle Eastern countries (Qatar, KSA, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, and Kuwait). He has written several technical reports and designed many irrigation projects in the region. He has also taught irrigation engineering and water management courses at several universities in Lebanon. He has published his research in peer reviewed journals, presented in several conferences, and served as a reviewer for ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. His research interests focus on numerical schemes for hydraulic modeling of irrigation canals, remote sensing analysis of irrigated lands, new irrigation technologies for on-farm water conservation, and effect of changing meteorological conditions on agricultural water uses.
Maria Gabriella Trovato
Graduated in Architecture in 1995, she followed by a Post Graduate Degree in 1999 and a PhD in 2003. Her professional focus is on Urban and Peri-Urban Landscapes, especially in Southern Italy and Northern Africa. She has carried out research both on a national and international level. Her academic teaching experience includes working at several renowned Italian universities and that of Professor at the ENA in Rabat and visiting Professor at the University of Montreal. Since 1996 she have been working on landscape projects in Holland, Morocco and on European funded projects in collaboration with the Sicilian Regional Government. She is the author of numerous international academic papers: in 2004 she published a book Il paesaggio della prossimità nelle realtà urbane del Marocco – Le paysage de la proximité dans les realitées urbaines du Maroc, Gangemi Editore, Roma; in 2008 a book Architettura del Paesaggio in Marocco: un’esperienza di alta formazione e di cooperazione universitaria Euro – Mediterranea, Architecture du Paysage au Maroc: une experience d’enseignement superieur et de cooperation universitaire euro – mediterraneenne, Centro Stampa di Ateneo edition, Reggio Calabria.
Sandra El- Saghir Sinno
Dr. Sandra El-Saghir obtained her PhD in Economics on December 1st, 2010 from the University of Paris II (Sorbonne Universites) with distinction. She was also awarded the University Price for her thesis “Poverty Assessment and Prospects of Development in the context of Globalization. An Application to Lebanon”.
After graduating from AUB with an MA in Economics in 2001, she worked as a senior economist at USAID “Lebanon’s Accession to the WTO” project for two years and started teaching at the same time economic courses at AUB. Since then, she has been teaching and serving the Economic Department at AUB.
Larry Harder, a Canadian, is a landscape architect (MLA Harvard; BES Manitoba) who is on sabbatical from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where he teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Landscape Architecture Program. Amongst many roles, he teaches landscape design, landscape construction technology, and landscape history. What motivates Larry is to understand the interaction of environment and culture through the passage of time. Larry’s current interests focus on the cultural landscape and human rights and justice issues, the ethical role of professionals, the notion of “the right to landscape,” ecological design, and community engagement in the design process. Larry has studied and worked professionally in Canada, the USA, the UK, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon (twice), and Central America.
Rachel Close was born in the United States in Waterbury, CT and was raised in Potsdam, NY near the Canadian border. She completed her undergraduate degree with honors in dietetics at Syracuse University, specializing in community nutrition education. She then went on to receive a Masters in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis on human nutrition from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. During this time she worked with Dr. Dale Schoeller, conducting research investigating the effects of conjugated linoleic acid on healthy, yet overweight, adults. After completing her masters, she moved to Boston, MA to do a dietetic internship with an emphasis on clinical nutrition at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. At the conclusion of the internship she was offered a clinical inpatient nutrition position working within the oncology population. Over the next 5 years she advanced to becoming a team leader dietitian who assisted in the care of medically complex thoracic and medial ICU patients, while also overseeing a team of entry and senior level inpatient dietitians. She has now moved to Beirut, Lebanon and is excited to be working as an instructor within the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut.
Kamal (Kim) Medlej was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. He moved to Montreal, Canada in 2000 to attend McGill University where he completed a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Biology. He remained at McGill University for his Medical Doctorate then went on to complete a residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City where he had the privilege of serving as chief resident. This was followed by a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He has many interests including emergency ultrasound, toxicology, airway management, and the intersection of emergency medicine and critical care. He is very excited to be coming back home and joining the faculty of the Emergency Department at the American University of Beirut Medical Center.
Karim is an AUB Mellon Postdoc Fellow in the Arts and Humanities. He received a B.A. in Economics (1998) and an M.A. in Philosophy (2002) from AUB before he completes his PhD in Philosophy at Georgetown University in April 2012. In his dissertation "Islamic Democracy: the Struggle for and Limits of Recognition" he conducts an intellectual rapprochement between contemporary Critical Theory and contemporary Islamic political thought. With a focus on the works of Axel Honneth and Rached Ghannouchi Karim argues for a radically democratic conception of Islamic politics. Karim has previously taught at AUB, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, and Georgetown University's main campus in Washington D.C.
Dr. Fouad Zablith is appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor in Business Information and Decision Systems at the Olayan School of Business. Before joining AUB, Fouad was a researcher at the Knowledge Media Institute of the Open University in the UK, where he earned his PhD in 2011. Fouad was awarded a three years PhD scholarship grant, and he won the best student paper award at the 17th European Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Management in 2010. He was involved in several EU and UK funded projects, and served on the program committee of many conferences. Fouad graduated with distinction in 2007 with a research MSc in Knowledge and Data Management from the British University in Dubai and the University of Edinburgh. Fouad holds a double major from the American University of
Beirut: a BBA in Business Administration focused in Operations and Information Management (2002), and a BS in Computer Science (2003). His research and academic interests focus on the latest information systems developments that are impacting businesses, governments and educational organizations in the way they run their daily operations and activities.
Fouad contributed to several publications, which he presented in various international and European conferences. In addition to his academic career, Fouad has around four years of industry experience in the fields of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Web and business development.
Marwan Ghandour is a Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Programs of the College of Design at Iowa State University. He teaches studios in architectural and urban design, multi-disciplinary theory seminars and oversees thesis work in rural and urban studies. Ghandour is a partner in the Beirut-based architectural firm Bawader Architects, with a practice in institutional architecture and urban design projects in Lebanon. His research and practice include collaborations with landscape architects, planners, graphic designers and transportation engineers. His work have been focused on two regions, the Middle East and the American Midwest, where he conducts theoretical and historical research and develops urban regeneration proposals. Ghandour holds a Bachelor of Architecture from AUB and an M.S. in Architecture and Building Design from Columbia University. His recent publications include “Spatial Erasure: the reconstruction of Haret Hreik”, 2009, ArteEast Quarterly (Online publication http://www.arteeast.org/pages/artenews/extra-territoriality/254/); “Guidelines for Spatial Regeneration in Iowa”, 2008, Washington DC: American Institute of Architects; “The Early Maps of Iowa and their Politics”, 2007, in Mark Swenarton, Igea Troiani and Helena Webster, eds., The Politics of Making, Oxford: Routledge, . Pp. 244-256; “On Cities and Designers: A Baalbeck Story”, 2006, Architecture Research Quarterly, Vol 10, issue 1, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, Pp 37-49.
Sarah bin Tyeer
Dr Sarah bin Tyeer holds an MA in English & Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo and a PhD in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS (University of London) with a specialisation in Qur’anic Studies and premodern Arabic literature. Her research interests revolve around the Qur’an, as well as the influence of the Qur’an on Arabic literature. Her current book The Meaning of Beauty and Ugliness in the Qur’an, to be published with Oxford University Press, fuses her research interests in the semiotics of the Qur’an, aesthetics and pre-modern Arabic Literature. Dr bin Tyeer was a Research Associate and a Senior Teaching Fellow in Arabic at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) from 2010 until 2012 before coming to the American University of Beirut as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow.
Dr. Ibrahim Alameddine will join the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at AUB as an Assistant Professor. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he has worked on advancing hypoxia predictions in Lake Erie as well as predicting estuarine responses to nutrient management measures. Dr. Alameddine received his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in 2011. His dissertation work focused on developing integrated water quality models for the Neuse River basin and its associated estuary in North Carolina. He was awarded the Quantitative Environmental Analysis, LLC (QEA) Scholarship for 2008 and earned a Certificate in Geospatial Analysis during his doctoral studies at Duke. Ibrahim is a graduate of the American University of Beirut, where he received his BS in Biology in 1999 and later his MS in Environmental Technology in 2002.
In addition to his academic career, Ibrahim has worked as an environmental consultant on projects funded by international organizations and governmental entities such as the World Bank, the United Stated Agency for International Development, Development Alternatives Inc., the Lebanese Ministry of Environment, and the Council for Development and Reconstruction. His work encompassed a wide range of projects in environmental and water resources management in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Hagop Panossian first joined A.U.B. as a part-time instructor of management in 2001. Having taught on part-time basis for over 10 years, he has become a full-time faculty member of the Olayan School of Business starting Fall 2012-13.He has taught, also, management and economics courses at Lebanese American University from 1996-2012. Together with his teaching career, he has been managing his family business since 1991.He has graduated with a M.S. degree in management in 1991, and a B.S. degree in Computer science in 1987 from L.A.U. (B.U.C. formerly).
Joumana Kalot holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from AUB. She ended around three- year’s stint as a regional project manager of a UNDP regional project on HIV/AIDS in the Arab states to join the school of Public Health at AUB. Prior to that, she was Director of Planning & Programs at “Mentor Arabia”, a regional NGO for drug prevention in the Arab world. Also She worked as the Director of the NGO Resources and Support Unit for a joint project on poverty reduction between the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Also as the Training Coordinator for the reproductive health project, a joint venture between the Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Joumana is a seasoned trainer on issues such as women empowerment, youth, reproductive health and training of trainers.
Nida Helou is an AUB Alumna, graduate with a BS in Environmental Health. She did her Masters at the University College London (UCL) in Public Understanding of Environmental Change. At AUB, she worked as an Advisor/Instructor at the Department of Environmental Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences (AUB). She has also worked in the fields of environmental management and public health with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) in Lebanon and the UK and she managed the Environmental NGO in the Sultanate of Oman for nearly 5 years
Dr. A. Michael Vermy joins the English Department an assistant professor of linguistics. After receiving his PhD in Romance Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michael was an Assistant Professor of Romance Linguistics at the State University of New York (SUNY), College at Buffalo. There he assessed and altered existing Spanish and French linguistics and language courses in addition to conceptualizing and constructing new linguistic courses cross-listed with the Anthropology and English Departments. He has published articles on how educators influence language maintenance and loss on heritage language learners. Michael was an invited speaker at the Cambridge University Ibero-Romance Linguistics Seminar in 2010. Currently, his research focuses on the manifestation of power relationships in language, the role of language ideologies on language choice among bi- or multi-lingual individuals, regional and social variation in languages and the function of language in culture and identity.
Jasbir K. Puar is Associate Professor of Women's & Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (Duke University Press 2007) winner of the Cultural Studies Book Award from the Association for Asian American Studies. Her articles appear in Gender, Place, and Culture, Social Text, Radical History Review, Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and Feminist Legal Studies. Her edited volumes include a special issue of GLQ titled, "Queer Tourism: Geographies of Globalization" and co-edited volumes of Society and Space ("Sexuality and Space"), Social Text (“Interspecies”), and Women’s Studies Quarterly (“Viral”). Professor Puar has been awarded the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut for 2012-13.
Eric Goodfield holds a PhD specializing in political theory from The New School for Social Research. In spring and summer 2012 he was Senior Fulbright Lecturer with Eberhard-Karls Universität in Tübingen Germany. Prior to this he taught in Armenian and Kyrgyz academies as a fellow with the Civic Education Project, as well as the American University in Cairo more recently. His publications have addressed issues concerning the relations of philosophy and politics, Hegel scholarship and the emerging field of comparative political theory. His book entitled Toward a Metaphysics of the Social: Hegel and the Frontiers of Political Thought will be released by Routledge in 2013
NAYLA AL-AKL holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture with Advanced Placement from Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2007), and a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University of Beirut (2002). She has worked on a number of landscape architecture, planning and urban design projects in the Middle East, the US and China and was the Director of the Beirut Office for the international landscape firm SWA Group. She has recently opened her own start-up here in Beirut taking on local and regional projects and developing her interest in sustainability, waterfronts and desert ecology, as well as investigating larger landscape issues in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Region. Nayla has received several awards for her work, including the ASLA Honor Award in 2012 for Helios Plaza (Texas Chapter ), the ASLA Student Honor Award and the Areen Projects Award of Excellence in Architecture.
Martine Najem Kteily
Martine Najem Kteily joined the Outreach and Practice Unit at the Faculty of Health Sciences as Instructor of Public Health Practice. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from the American University of Beirut, and has 13 years of experience in the field of health, population, and social development. She brings with her extensive experience in program management and coordination, capacity development and training, as well as advocacy and communication, thanks to her work with various UN agencies, ministries, and NGOs in Lebanon and the Arab region.
Ms. Najem Kteily has been with UNFPA Lebanon Country Office as Manager of the Population and Development Program since 2004. In this capacity, she was in charge of a joint collaboration between UNFPA and the Ministry of Social Affairs that aimed at driving policy change in relation to a number of population and development issues.
Dr. Doummar holds a PhD degree in Hydrogeology from Georg- August University Goettingen in Germany. She completed her Bachelor degree (BS) in Geological Sciences at AUB in June 2002. Upon her graduation, she joined a hydrogeology consultancy firm based in Lebanon as a geologist/ project hydrogeologist until October 2006. Meanwhile she continued her higher education and graduated in June 2005 with a Master degree (MS) in Geology (Sedimentology), also from AUB. She completed her Postgraduate studies in hydrogeology at the University of Neuchâtel (CHYN; Switzerland) in 2007. Her doctorate research focuses on the development of new methods for the assessment of quantitative vulnerability of karst aquifers including numerical simulation of integrated karst systems, characterization of fast and slow pathways in karst aquifers and the characterization of transport behavior using specific indicators. Dr. Doummar is joining AUB as of September 2012 as an assistant professor of hydrogeology in the department of Geology.
Hera is a BSN graduate from AUB and an MSN graduate from Duke University. Her specialty is adult acute and critical care nursing. After she returned from the US she served AUBMC as an Advanced Practice Nurse and played a pivotal role in enhancing critical care practices and patient care, and in attaining Magnet Designation. She is a certified specialist and brings to AUB a wealth of knowledge and experience to teach nursing students. She is a motivated eductor and eager to role model advanced skills and practices in nursing. Her research interests include enhancing health outcomes of acutely ill patients and end-of-life practices.
Dr. Mohammad Ahmad
Dr Mohammad Ahmad is an associate professor and the coordinator of the Chemical Engineering Program at the American University Beirut (AUB). Before joining AUB, Dr Ahmad started his career at Queen’s University Belfast in 1995 as an Assistant Professor and in 2000 he was promoted to Associate Professor. Dr Ahmad was the Head of Chemical Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Ahmad has also worked in ICI Fertilizers, Belfast, UK between 1992 and 1995. He obtained research funding form research councils (Government) and Industry during his career at Queen’s University Belfast. His total research income is around 2 Million US $. Dr Ahmad’s research areas include: solid waste management; biofuels production from solid waste, production of activated carbons from solid waste; Heterogeneous catalysis and simulation and modeling. Dr Ahmad supervised more than 25 PhD students and over 60 MSc and MPhil research projects. He has also been external and internal examiner for a large number of PhD students. He has given plenary talks and presentations at International Conferences Worldwide. Dr Ahmad is acting as referee for a number of high impact International journals in areas related to his research. These include Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research, Biofuels, Renewable Energy, Bioresource Technology, Chemical Engineering journal Biotechnology Progress. He has also been acting as a referee to international research funding bodies in Canada, Saudi Arabia and the UK. Dr Ahmad has published over 60 papers in high impact journals.
Alessandro Lanteri earned a MA in Economics from Bocconi University (Milan, Itay) and a MPhil and a PhD in Philosophy and Economics from Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Ha has been a Post-Doc Fellow at the University of Eastern Piedmont (Italy) and a visiting scholar at the Stern School of Business of New York University (USA), University of California Los Angeles (USA), Helsinki University (Finland) and the International Centre for Economics Research (Italy). Dr. Lanteri's research rest at the border between economics, ethics, and psychology and has appeared on the European Journal of the History of Economics Thought, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies and the Journal of Business Ethics. A volume on the economics profession (co-edited with Jack Vromen) is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant and Accounting Auditor and currently serves as the President of the Board of Tourism of his home region (Monferrato, in Northern Italy).
Elena Glasberg holds a PhD. in American Studies from Indiana University. Her book, forthcoming from Palgrave in October 2012, Antarctica As Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of Scientific Exploration and Climate Change, relocates Antarctica – the proverbial end of the earth -- as a beginning point for understanding the current convergence of social, economic, and ecological “meltdown.” Glasberg has taught American literature, Women's Studies, Liberal Studies, and writing at institutions including Duke University and Princeton University. She is visiting for the year from her current position in the Writing Program at New York University.
Tariq Tell is a political scientist specialized in the historical and comparative political economy of development with a particular focus on the Middle East. He has previously taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London), American University in Cairo and the University of Manchester (UK). He has also held research posts in London at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and in Amman at Centre d’Etudes et de Recherche sur le Moyen Orient Contemporain (CERMOC) and the Royal Scientific Society. Tell has co-edited Village, Steppe and State: The Social Origins of Modern Jordan (I.B. Tauris, 1994) and The Resilience of Hashemite Rule: Politics and the State in Jordan before 1967 (Cahier de Cermoc, 2001). His recently authored book, The Social Origins of Middle Eastern Monarchy: The Moral Economy of Hashemite Rule in Jordan will be published by Palgrave in 2012. He has degrees from St. Antony’s College (Oxford University), the Institute of Development Studies (University of Sussex) and the London School of Economics and Political Science. His current research interests include the comparative history and politics of Arab monarchies and the relationship between food security, empire and popular protest in the Middle East.
Ahmad Gharbieh is a graphic designer with a Bachelor of Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut and a Masters degree in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College, London. Until September 2012, he was Associate Creative Director at Mind the Gap design and communication agency and part-time instructor in the Department of Architecture and Graphic Design at the American University of Beirut specializing in mapping design and theory. In addition to design and communication commissions, his work explores mapping as a method of research, analysis, and representation of socio-spatial phenomena. His work has been exhibited in Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Rotterdam, and Sharjah. He is coeditor of Beirut: Mapping Security, a publication and project initiated for the Fourth International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam and recently translated and published in Arabic, and coauthor of of Living Beirut's Security Zones: An Investigation of the Modalities and Practice of Urban Security, recently published in City & Society.
Hadi El Hurr
Dr. Hadi El Hurr joins the OSB as an assistant professor of Management. Dr. EL Hurr is an Alumn of AUB , graduated with a Bachelor of Business. Dr. EL Hurr holds a PhD in Management specializing in strategic management. His research primarily focuses on the role of the economic and political environment in shaping corporate strategies. Currently, his research focuses on the effect of the institutions advancing CSR on firm's profitability, and his research has appeared major refreed journals in the field of managament.Dr. El Hurr is excited to join the OSB where he will be teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and executive masters level.
Dr. Khalil Charafeddine has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology (Track 2) effective July 1, 2012. He is a graduate of the American University of Beirut. He earned his BS degree in 1999 followed by an MD in 2004. After graduation, he completed one year of internship in Internal Medicine (2004-2005), two years of Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Hematology-Oncology (2005-2007), four years of residency training in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (2007-2011), and one year fellow in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (2011-2012) at AUBMC.
Dr. Charafeddine is a research fellow at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and has gained tremendous service skills in Clinical Chemistry, contributed to the department activities with regard to quality control, assurance and management in preparation for CAP Accreditation. He has authored 15 peer-reviewed publications, of which 8 as first author, and 1 as second author.
Dr. Charafeddine is expected to play a leadership role in clinical laboratory services at Keserwan Medical Center (KMC) along his teaching, research and service contributions to the department at AUBMC.
Bill Merrifield received his MA in Religious Studies from Trinity International University and has nearly completed his MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut where his research revolves around Avicenna’s views on evil and the question of indeterminism in the natural world. The past two and a half years he has been teaching part-time at the American University of Beirut and has recently been appointed as a full-time Instructor in the Civilization Sequence Program where he has helped develop a new pilot course as well as articulate revised department Program Learning Outcomes. Prior to his academic career, Bill spent 6 years working in Beirut’s private sector.