Affiliated Faculty

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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., Southern Illinois University
Professor Emeritus, Economics  
(Economic Development; Middle East Economics; Applied Microeconomics)
email: aly.1@osu.edu

Sean Anthony, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
(Early Islam and Late Antiquity; Islamic Thought; Classical Arabic Literature)
email: anthony.288@osu.edu

Naomi Brenner, Ph.D., The University of California at Berkeley 
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture; Literary Multilingualism and Translation; Modern Yiddish Literature and Culture)
email: brenner.108@osu.edu

John B. Casterline Ph.D., The University of Michigan
Professor, Sociology
(Family; Methodology; Population)
emailcasterline.10@osu.edu

Stratos Constantinidis, Ph.D., The University of Iowa
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)
email: constantinidis.1@osu.edu

Magda El-Sherbini, MA, Catholic University of America
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)
email: el-sherbini.1@osu.edu

Carter Findley, Ph.D., Harvard University 
Professor Emeritus, History
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Power, Culture, and the State)
emailfindley.1@osu.edu

Daniel Frank, Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Hebrew Language Program, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Medieval Jewish History; Bible, Judeo-Arabic) 
emailfrank.152@osu.edu

Joseph Galron, M.L.S., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Associate Professor and Jewish Studies Librarian, Special Collections and Area Studies
(Germanic Languages and Literatures; Jewish Studies; Yiddish)
email: galron.1@osu.edu

Matt Goldish, Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor, History
(Jewish History; Environment, Health, Technology, and Science; Religion in History)
email: goldish.1@osu.edu

Esther Gottlieb, Ph.D., The University of Pittsburgh 
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)
emailgottlieb.26@osu.edu

Fritz Graf, Ph.D., The University of Zurich  
Distinguished University Professor, Director of Epigraphy, Classics
(Greek Epigraphy; History of Scholarship; Ancient Religions and Mythologies)
email: graf.65@osu.edu

Peter Hahn, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Professor and Dean of Arts and Humanities, History
(US History since 1877; Diplomatic History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)
emailhahn.29@osu.edu

Jane Hathaway, Ph.D., Princeton University
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, History
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Religion in History )
emailhathaway.24@osu.edu

Richard Herrmann, Ph.D., The University of Pittsburgh
Professor Emeritus, Political Science
(International Relations; American Foreign Policy)
emailherrmann.1@osu.edu

Susan Huntington, Ph.D., The University of California at Los Angeles
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, History of Art
(South Asian Art and Culture; Buddhist Art and Artifacts)
emailhuntington.1@osu.edu

Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor Emeritus, Germanic Languages and Literatures
(Yiddish Phonology and Morphology; History of the Yiddish Language; Yiddish Linguistic Geography)
emailjacobs.8@osu.edu

Pranav Jani, Ph.D., Brown University 
Associate Professor, English
(Postcolonial Studies; US Ethnic Studies; Marxism)
email: jani.4@osu.edu

Xinquan Jiang, Ph.D., The University of Michigan
Senior Research Associate, Office of International Affairs
(Chinese; Korean; Internationalization in Higher Education; Assessment of Intercultural Competence)
email: jiang.533@osu.edu

Robin Judd, Ph.D., The University of Michigan
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)
emailjudd.18@osu.edu

Anthony Kaldellis, Ph.D., The University of Michigan
Professor and Chair of Department, Classics
(Greek Historiography, Plato, Byzantine Studies) 
emailkaldellis.1@osu.edu

Mehrak Kamali-Sarvestani, Ph.D., The University of Arizona
Lecturer and Persian Language Program Coordinator, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (Persian Language; Persian Literature; Contemporary Iranian Society)
email: kamalisarvestani.1@osu.edu

Ousman Kobo, Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor, History
(African History; Comparative Empires; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Religion in History)
emailkobo.1@osu.edu

Rattan Lal, Ph.D., The Ohio State University 
Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources
(Environmental Quality and Sustainability; Food Security; Climate Change and Soil Carbon; Soil Degradation and Restoration)
emaillal.1@osu.edu

Scott Levi, Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor and Chair, History    
(Islamic History; Russian and East European History; Global Early Modern; Comparative Empires; Religion in History)
emaillevi.18@osu.edu

William Liddle, Ph.D., Yale University
Professor Emeritus, Political Science  
(Islam; Southeast Asia) 
emailliddle.2@osu.edu

Morgan Liu, Ph.D., The University of Michigan
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)
emailliu.737@osu.edu

Peter Mansoor, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Professor, General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, History
(US History since 1877; Military History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)
email: mansoor.1@osu.edu

Danielle Marx-Scouras, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor, French and Italian 
(Contemporary French and Francophone Literature; Intellectual History and Theory; Popular Music)
email: marx-scouras.1@osu.edu

Melinda McClimans, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Assistant Director, Middle Eastern Studies Center
(Critical Global Education; Pedagogy/Learning; Middle East Curriculum)
email: mcclimans.2@osu.edu    

Joy McCorriston, Ph.D., Yale University 
Professor, Anthropology
(Archaeology; Environmental Anthropology; Paleoecology; Behavioral Ecology; Social-ecological Systems)
emailmccorriston.1@osu.edu

Sam Meier, Ph.D., Harvard University
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Hebrew Bible; Ancient Semitic Languages and Texts; Comparative Semitic Linguistics)
emailmeier.3@osu.edu

Katherine Meyer, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Provost and Professor Emeritus, Sociology
(Political Sociology and Social Movement; Religion; Social Change and Conflict)
emailmeyer.23@osu.edu

Ila Nagar, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages Center
(Sociolinguistics, Ethnography, Language Variation and Change; Language, Gender, and Sexuality; South Asia Studies and Hindi Pedagogy)
email: nagar.5@osu.edu

Alam Payind, Ph.D., Indiana University
Director, Middle East Studies Center
Adjunct Professor, International Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Islamic Jurisprudence; Geopolitics)
emailpayind.1@osu.edu

John Quigley, L.L.B., Harvard Law School
Professor Emeritus, College of Law
(International Law)
emailquigley.2@osu.edu

Tamar Rudavsky, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Professor, Philosophy
(Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; Jewish and Islamic Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism)
emailrudavsky.1@osu.edu

Danielle Schoon, Ph.D., The University of Arizona
Senior Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
(Turkish Studies; Romani Studies; Performance Studies; Ethnography)
email: schoon.2@osu.edu

Johanna Sellman, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
(Contemporary Arabic Literature; Migration and Diaspora; Translation Studies; Visual Culture of the Middle East)
email: sellman.13@osu.edu

Ahmad Sikainga, Ph.D., The University of California at Santa Barbara
Professor, History
(African History)
emailsikainga.1@osu.edu

Michael Swartz, Ph.D., New York University
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)
emailswartz.69@osu.edu

Adena Tanenbaum, Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
(Philosophical Themes in Hebrew Poetry from Spain; Medieval Jewish Intellectual History)
emailtanenbaum.8@osu.edu

Inés Valdez, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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)
email: valdez.39@osu.edu

Burkhard Von Rabenau, Ph.D., The University of California at Berkeley
Professor Emeritus, Knowlton School of Architecture
(Urban/Regional Economic Development and Growth; Problems of Urbanization)
emailvonrabenau.1@osu.edu

Mohan Wali, Ph.D., The University of British Columbia
Professor Emeritus, School of Environment and Natural Resources
(Ecosystem Disturbance and Rehabilitation/Restoration; Sustainable Development, Energy Use and Policy)
emailwali.1@osu.edu

Sabra Webber, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Department of Comparative Studies
(Folkloristics; Ethnography; Colonial/Contemporary North Africa; Disciplinary Dialogues and Histories)
emailwebber.1@osu.edu

Ori Yehudai, PhDThe University of Chicago 
Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of History
(Jewish History; Power, Culture, and the State; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation)
email: yehudai.3@osu.edu