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Brian Edwards

Brian Edwards

Crown Professor in Middle East Studies, Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies, MENA Director

bedwards@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: literature, film, new media, higher education, public and cultural diplomacy, postcolonial and diaspora studies, globalization, cultures of circulation, American studies in MENA
Research Areas: Morocco, Tunisia, North Africa, Egypt, Iran
Languages: Arabic (Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan), French, Spanish, basic Persian

Katherine Hoffman

Katherine Hoffman

Associate Professor of Anthropology

khoffman@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Language / Expressive Culture, Ethnicity / Indigenism, Language Ideologies, Language Shift and Endangerment, Gender, Migration, Rural-Urban Relations, French Colonialism, and Imazighen (Berbers)
Research Areas: Morocco / North Africa, France
Languages: French, Arabic (Modern Standard and Colloquial Moroccan), Tashelhit (southwestern Moroccan Berber), Italian
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd

Professor of Political Science

eshurd@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: cultural and normative foundations of international relations, religion and politics, political theory, law and politics, international relations theory, foreign policy
Research Areas: relations between Europe, the United States, and the Middle East
Languages: French, Spanish

Brannon Ingram

Brannon Ingram

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

brannon.ingram@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Islam in modern South Asia, Sufism and Islamic law, the 'ulama and religious authority
Research Areas: India, Pakistan, South Africa
Languages: Urdu, Arabic

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Assistant Professor of English and the Humanities and Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies

rebecca-johnson-0@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Modern Arabic Literature and literary exchange with Europe, translation and adaptation, literary culture of the Nahda, print culture, theory of the novel, questions of world literature, postcolonial studies, Orientalism and Occidentalism
Research Areas: Middle East (with emphasis on Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean) and relationship to Europe
Languages: Arabic (Modern Standard, Egyptian and Lebanese colloquial), French, basic Spanish

Henri Lauzière

Henri Lauzière

Associate Professor of History

h-lauziere@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Islamic history, 20th-century Middle East and North Africa, intellectual history, Salafism
Research Areas: Morocco, 20th-century Arab world, Gulf states
Languages: French, Modern Standard Arabic

Hamid Naficy

Hamid Naficy

Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Professor in Communication, Department of Radio/TV/Film

naficy@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: cinema and media studies, cultural studies and theories of culture and globalization, diaspora and exile studies, national and regional cinemas of third world, Middle East, Iran, and Islam, cinema, and visual culture
Research Areas: Iran, Palestine, Turkey, US
Languages: English, Persian, French, Arabic
Wendy Pearlman

Wendy Pearlman

Associate Professor of Political Science

pearlman@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Political violence, nationalism, politics of weak states and nonstate actors, emigration, the Arab-Israeli conflict, politics in the Arab Levant
Research Areas: Palestine, Lebanon, Israel
Languages: Arabic, Spanish, basic Hebrew
Carl Petry

Carl Petry

Professor of History and Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani Chair in Middle East Studies

c-petry@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Islamic World and North Africa, medieval and modern Egypt, and the social history of the Middle East
Research Areas: Medieval Islamic World (Egypt in particular)
Languages: Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial), French, German

Jessica Winegar

Jessica Winegar

Harold H. and Virginia Anderson Chair and Associate Professor of Anthropology

j-winegar@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: cultural politics and culture industries, material and visual culture, nationalism, Islam, neoliberalism, social class, youth, and gender
Research Areas: Egypt, US
Languages: Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian)

Emrah Yıldız

Emrah Yıldız

Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle East & North African Studies (MENA)

eyildiz@northwestern.edu

Emrah Yıldız is 2016-17 College Fellow of the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, and Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle East & North African Studies at Northwestern University. His work is a historical anthropology of routes of mobility between Iran, Turkey and Syria. His research lies at the intersection of historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, saints and visitation in Islam; as well as paper currency and contraband commerce in trans-regional political economy.

His current book project, The Ways of Zaynab via Turkey: Genealogical Geographies and Arrested Mobilities across Iran and Syria, brings these areas of scholarship into conversation as it follows the pathways of a ziyarat (visitation) route, often referred to as Hajj-e Fuqara’ (pilgrimage of the poor) from bus stations in Iran, through informal bazaars in Turkey, to the Sayyida Zaynab shrine in Syria. He is also interested in studies of gender and sexuality in the Middle East and is currently at work on a second project on LGBT and queer Iranian asylum-seekers at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Turkey.

Yıldız holds a PhD in Social Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. A former DAAD Research Fellow at Institut für Europäische Ethnologie—Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, he received his BA in Anthropology & German Studies, and his MA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University. He has also been a visiting researcher at Boğaziçi and New York Universities. The Wenner-Gren Foundation, Die Zeit Stiftung Bucerius Fellowship in Migration Studies, Cora Du Bois Charitable Trust, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as well as Northwestern’s Buffett Institute for Global Studies have supported his research and writing. Yıldız is co-editor of Jadaliyya’s Turkey Page, and co-editor (with Anthony Alessandrini and Nazan Üstündag) of the collection Resistance Everywhere:” The Gezi Protests and Dissident Visions of Turkey (2014). Some of his recent academic publications and short-form writings could be found here.  

İpek Yosmaoğlu

İpek Yosmaoğlu

Associate Professor of History

i-yosmaoglu@northwestern.edu

Fields of Interest: Ottoman Empire, Turkey, Southeast Europe, Nationalism, Political Violence, Colonialism
Research Areas: Ottoman Empire with emphasis on the late nineteenth century
Languages: Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, French, Greek

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