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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 & Director of Undergraduate Studies for the MENA Program

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

Fields of Interest: historiography and ethnography of borders and their states; ritual practice, saints and visitation in Islam; currencies and contraband commerce in trans-regional political economy.
Research Areas: Iran, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon
Languages​: Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, Persian, Arabic, German, French (basic)
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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