Affiliated Faculty

The Center draws on the expertise and experience of faculty members from multiple departments and the library at OSU, covering Northern Africa, West Asia, Central Asia, South Asia, and other Muslim-majority areas of the world.  The fields of expertise listed under each person’s name will inform prospective students about the areas of specialty they could pursue in graduate programs at OSU, and which departments have Middle East studies as a permanent part of their curriculum. 

NOTE: Please send mail to the faculty member's office in their department, rather than sending it to the Middle East Studies Center

Hassan Aly, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, Economics
(Economic Development; Middle East Economics; Applied Microeconomics)

Sean Anthony, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Early Islam and Late Antiquity; Islamic Thought; Classical Arabic Literature)

Naomi Brenner, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture; Literary Multilingualism and Translation; Modern Yiddish Literature and Culture)

John B. Casterline Ph.D.,
Professor,  Sociology
(Family; Methodology; Population)

Stratos Constantinidis, Ph.D., 
Professor, Theater
(Critical Theory Plato – Present; Research Method; Classical Drama; Medieval Drama; Elizabethan Drama; Aesthetic Styles; English Novel 19th Century; Greek Drama 15th – 20th Century; Greek Cinema; Greek Novel; Script Analysis; Translation; Adaptation; Creative Writing)

Magda El-Sherbini, MA,
Professor and Head Librarian, Middle East Studies Collection
(Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies; Turkish Studies; Global Information Society; Multilingual Subject Access and Access to Foreign Materials)

Carter Findley, Ph.D., 
Professor Emeritus, History
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Power, Culture, and the State)

Daniel Frank, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Hebrew Language Program, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Medieval Jewish History; Bible, Judeo-Arabic)

Joseph Galron, M.L.S., 
Associate Professor and Jewish Studies Librarian, Special Collections and Area Studies
(Germanic Languages and Literatures; Jewish Studies; Yiddish)

Matt Goldish, Ph.D., 
Professor, History
(Jewish History; Environment, Health, Technology, and Science; Religion in History)

Esther Gottlieb, Ph.D., 
Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education, Office of International Affairs
(Curriculum Assessment and Reform; Internationalization of the Learning Experience; World-Class Education; Higher Education)

Fritz Graf, Ph.D., 
Distinguished University Professor, Director of Epigraphy, Classics
(Greek Epigraphy; History of Scholarship; Ancient Religions and Mythologies)

Peter Hahn, Ph.D., 
Professor and Dean of Arts and Humanities, History
(US History since 1877; Diplomatic History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)

Jane Hathaway, Ph.D., 
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, History
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Religion in History )

Richard Herrmann, Ph.D., 
Professor Emeritus, Political Science
(International Relations; American Foreign Policy)

Susan Huntington, Ph.D., 
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, History of Art
(South Asian Art and Culture; Buddhist Art and Artifacts)

Neil Jacobs, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, Germanic Languages and Literatures
(Yiddish Phonology and Morphology; History of the Yiddish Language; Yiddish Linguistic Geography)

Pranav Jani, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, English 
(Postcolonial Studies; US Ethnic Studies; Marxism)

Xinquan Jiang, Ph.D.,
Senior Research Associate, Office of International Affairs
(Chinese; Korean; Internationalization in Higher Education; Assessment of Intercultural Competence)

Robin Judd, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, History
(Modern European History; Jewish History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy; Power, Culture, and the State; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Religion in History)

Anthony Kaldellis, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair of Department, Classics
(Greek Historiography, Plato, Byzantine Studies)

Mehrak Kamali-Sarvestani, Ph.D.,
Lecturer and Persian Language Program Coordinator, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

(Persian Language; Persian Literature; Contemporary Iranian Society)

Ousman Kobo, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, History
(African History; Comparative Empires; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Religion in History)

Rattan Lal, Ph.D.,
Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
(Environmental Quality and Sustainability; Food Security; Climate Change and Soil Carbon; Soil Degradation and Restoration)

Scott Levi, Ph.D.,
Professor and Chair, History
(Islamic History; Russian and East European History; Global Early Modern; Comparative Empires; Religion in History)

William Liddle, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, Political Science
(Islam; Southeast Asia)

Morgan Liu, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Ethnological Approaches to Cities, Space, and Materiality; Anthropology of the State, Post-socialism, and Neoliberalism; Oil and Energy Industries in Central Asia and Azerbaijan; Cultural Anthropology of Muslim Societies)

Peter Mansoor, Ph.D.,
Ohio State University
Professor, General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, History
(US History since 1877; Military History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)

Danielle Marx-Scouras, Ph.D.,
Professor, French and Italian
(Contemporary French and Francophone Literature; Intellectual History and Theory; Popular Music)

Melinda McClimans, Ph.D.,
Assistant Director, Middle Eastern Studies Center
(Critical Global Education; Pedagogy/Learning; Middle East Curriculum)

Joy McCorriston, Ph.D.,
Professor, Anthropology
(Archaeology; Environmental Anthropology; Paleoecology; Behavioral Ecology; Social-ecological Systems)

Sam Meier, Ph.D.,
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Hebrew Bible; Ancient Semitic Languages and Texts; Comparative Semitic Linguistics)

Katherine Meyer, Ph.D.,
Associate Provost and Professor Emeritus, Sociology
(Political Sociology and Social Movement; Religion; Social Change and Conflict)

Ila Nagar, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages Center
(Sociolinguistics, Ethnography, Language Variation and Change; Language, Gender, and Sexuality; South Asia Studies and Hindi Pedagogy)

Alam Payind, Ph.D.,
Director, Middle East Studies Center
Adjunct Professor, International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Islamic Jurisprudence; Geopolitics)

John Quigley, L.L.B.,
Professor Emeritus, College of Law
(International Law)

Tamar Rudavsky, Ph.D.,
Professor, Philosophy
(Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; Jewish and Islamic Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism)

Danielle Schoon, Ph.D.,
Senior Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Turkish Studies; Romani Studies; Performance Studies; Ethnography)

Johanna Sellman, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Contemporary Arabic Literature; Migration and Diaspora; Translation Studies; Visual Culture of the Middle East)

Ahmad Sikainga, Ph.D.,
University of California-Santa Barbara
Professor, History
(African History)

Michael Swartz, Ph.D.,
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
Division of Comparative Studies and Melton Center for Jewish Studies
(Rabbinic Studies; Magic and Ritual; Judaism and Late Antiquity)

Adena Tanenbaum, Ph.D.,
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Philosophical Themes in Hebrew Poetry from Spain; Medieval Jewish Intellectual History)

Inés Valdez, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor and Program Director of the Latino/a Studies Program, Political Science  and Latino/a Studies
(Latina/o Political Thought; Political Theory of Migration; Cosmopolitanism)

Burkhard Von Rabenau, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, Knowlton School of Architecture
(Urban/Regional Economic Development and Growth; Problems of Urbanization)

Mohan Wali, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, School of Environment and Natural Resources
(Ecosystem Disturbance and Rehabilitation/Restoration; Sustainable Development, Energy Use and Policy)

Sabra Webber, Ph.D.,
Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Department of Comparative Studies
(Folkloristics; Ethnography; Colonial/Contemporary North Africa; Disciplinary Dialogues and Histories)

Ori Yehudai, PhD
Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of History
(Jewish History; Power, Culture, and the State; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation)