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., https://economics.osu.edu/people/aly.1
Professor Emeritus, Economics  https://economics.osu.edu/
(Economic Development; Middle East Economics; Applied Microeconomics)
email: aly.1@osu.edu

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

Naomi Brenner, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/brenner.108 
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
(Modern Hebrew Literature and Culture; Literary Multilingualism and Translation; Modern Yiddish Literature and Culture)
email: brenner.108@osu.edu

John B. Casterline Ph.D., https://www.sociology.osu.edu/people/casterline.10
Professor,  Sociology https://sociology.osu.edu/
(Family; Methodology; Population)
email:  casterline.10@osu.edu

Stratos Constantinidis, Ph.D., https://theatre.osu.edu/people/constantinidis.1 
Professor, Theater https://theatre.osu.edu/
(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, https://nelc.osu.edu/people/el-sherbini.1
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., https://history.osu.edu/people/findley.1 
Professor Emeritus, History http://history.osu.edu/
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Power, Culture, and the State)
emailfindley.1@osu.edu

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

Joseph Galron, M.L.S., https://library.osu.edu/people/galron.1 
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., https://history.osu.edu/people/goldish.1 
Professor, History http://history.osu.edu/
(Jewish History; Environment, Health, Technology, and Science; Religion in History)
email: goldish.1@osu.edu

Esther Gottlieb, Ph.D., https://projectnarrative.osu.edu/people/gottlieb.26 
Senior Advisor for International Affairs and Associate Professor of Comparative and International Education, Office of International Affairs https://oia.osu.edu/
(Curriculum Assessment and Reform; Internationalization of the Learning Experience; World-Class Education; Higher Education)
emailgottlieb.26@osu.edu

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

Peter Hahn, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/hahn.29 
Professor and Dean of Arts and Humanities, History http://history.osu.edu/
(US History since 1877; Diplomatic History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)
emailhahn.29@osu.edu

Jane Hathaway, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/hathaway.24 
Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor, History http://history.osu.edu/
(Islamic History; Comparative Empires; Religion in History )
emailhathaway.24@osu.edu

Richard Herrmann, Ph.D., https://polisci.osu.edu/people/herrmann.1 
Professor Emeritus, Political Science https://polisci.osu.edu/
(International Relations; American Foreign Policy)
emailherrmann.1@osu.edu

Susan Huntington, Ph.D., https://history-of-art.osu.edu/people/huntington.1 
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, History of Art http://history-of-art.osu.edu/
(South Asian Art and Culture; Buddhist Art and Artifacts)
emailhuntington.1@osu.edu

Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., https://germanic.osu.edu/people/jacobs.8
Professor Emeritus, Germanic Languages and Literatures http://germanic.osu.edu/
(Yiddish Phonology and Morphology; History of the Yiddish Language; Yiddish Linguistic Geography)
emailjacobs.8@osu.edu

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

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

Robin Judd, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/judd.18 
Associate Professor, History http://history.osu.edu/
(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., https://classics.osu.edu/people/kaldellis.1
Professor and Chair of Department, Classics https://classics.osu.edu/
(Greek Historiography, Plato, Byzantine Studies) 
emailkaldellis.1@osu.edu

Mehrak Kamali-Sarvestani, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/kamalisarvestani.1
Lecturer and Persian Language Program Coordinator, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/

(Persian Language; Persian Literature; Contemporary Iranian Society)
email: kamalisarvestani.1@osu.edu

Ousman Kobo, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/kobo.1
Associate Professor, History http://history.osu.edu/
(African History; Comparative Empires; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation; Religion in History)
emailkobo.1@osu.edu

Rattan Lal, Ph.D., https://senr.osu.edu/our-people/rattan-lal
Professor, School of Environment and Natural Resources https://senr.osu.edu/
(Environmental Quality and Sustainability; Food Security; Climate Change and Soil Carbon; Soil Degradation and Restoration)
emaillal.1@osu.edu

Scott Levi, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/levi.18
Professor and Chair, History     http://history.osu.edu/
(Islamic History; Russian and East European History; Global Early Modern; Comparative Empires; Religion in History)
emaillevi.18@osu.edu

William Liddle, Ph.D., https://polisci.osu.edu/people/liddle.2
Professor Emeritus, Political Science  https://polisci.osu.edu/
(Islam; Southeast Asia) 
emailliddle.2@osu.edu

Morgan Liu, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/liu.737
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
(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., https://history.osu.edu/people/mansoor.1
Ohio State University
Professor, General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, History https://history.osu.edu/
(US History since 1877; Military History; Human Conflict, Peace, and Diplomacy)
email: mansoor.1@osu.edu

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

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

Joy McCorriston, Ph.D., https://anthropology.osu.edu/people/mccorriston.1
Professor, Anthropology https://anthropology.osu.edu/
(Archaeology; Environmental Anthropology; Paleoecology; Behavioral Ecology; Social-ecological Systems)
emailmccorriston.1@osu.edu

Sam Meier, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/meier.3
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
(Hebrew Bible; Ancient Semitic Languages and Texts; Comparative Semitic Linguistics)
emailmeier.3@osu.edu

Katherine Meyer, Ph.D., https://sociology.osu.edu/people/meyer.23
Associate Provost and Professor Emeritus, Sociology https://sociology.osu.edu/
(Political Sociology and Social Movement; Religion; Social Change and Conflict)
emailmeyer.23@osu.edu

Ila Nagar, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/nagar.5
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages Center https://nelc.osu.edu/people
(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., https://mesc.osu.edu/people/payind.1
Director, Middle East Studies Center https://mesc.osu.edu/
Adjunct Professor, International Studies https://internationalstudies.osu.edu/ and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
(Islamic Jurisprudence; Geopolitics)
emailpayind.1@osu.edu

John Quigley, L.L.B., https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/faculty/professor/john-b-quigley/
Professor Emeritus, College of Law https://moritzlaw.osu.edu/
(International Law)
emailquigley.2@osu.edu

Tamar Rudavsky, Ph.D., https://philosophy.osu.edu/people/rudavsky.1
Professor, Philosophy https://philosophy.osu.edu/
(Ancient and Medieval Philosophy; Jewish and Islamic Philosophy; Phenomenology and Existentialism)
emailrudavsky.1@osu.edu

Danielle Schoon, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/schoon.2
Senior Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
(Turkish Studies; Romani Studies; Performance Studies; Ethnography)
email: schoon.2@osu.edu

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

Ahmad Sikainga, Ph.D., https://history.osu.edu/people/sikainga.1
University of California-Santa Barbara
Professor, History https://history.osu.edu/
(African History)
emailsikainga.1@osu.edu

Michael Swartz, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/swartz.69
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/
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., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/tanenbaum.8
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures  https://nelc.osu.edu/
(Philosophical Themes in Hebrew Poetry from Spain; Medieval Jewish Intellectual History)
emailtanenbaum.8@osu.edu

Inés Valdez, Ph.D.https://polisci.osu.edu/people/tappata.1 
Associate Professor and Program Director of the Latino/a Studies Program, Political Science https://polisci.osu.edu/  and Latino/a Studies https://latino-astudies.osu.edu/
(Latina/o Political Thought; Political Theory of Migration; Cosmopolitanism)
email: valdez.39@osu.edu

Burkhard Von Rabenau, Ph.D., https://knowlton.osu.edu/people/von-rabenau-0
Professor Emeritus, Knowlton School of Architecture https://knowlton.osu.edu/
(Urban/Regional Economic Development and Growth; Problems of Urbanization)
emailvonrabenau.1@osu.edu

Mohan Wali, Ph.D., https://senr.osu.edu/sites/senr/files/imce/files/CVs/Wali_CV2014.pdf
Professor Emeritus, School of Environment and Natural Resources https://senr.osu.edu/
(Ecosystem Disturbance and Rehabilitation/Restoration; Sustainable Development, Energy Use and Policy)
emailwali.1@osu.edu

Sabra Webber, Ph.D., https://nelc.osu.edu/people/webber.1
Professor Emeritus, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures https://nelc.osu.edu/ and Department of Comparative Studies https://comparativestudies.osu.edu/
(Folkloristics; Ethnography; Colonial/Contemporary North Africa; Disciplinary Dialogues and Histories)
emailwebber.1@osu.edu

Ori Yehudai, PhDhttps://history.osu.edu/people/yehudai.3
Schottenstein Chair in Israel Studies and Assistant Professor, Department of History
(Jewish History; Power, Culture, and the State; Race, Ethnicity, and Nation) 

 

 

0