Affiliated Faculty

The Center draws on the expertise and experience of 54 faculty members from 24 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
(Labor; Technological Change)
email: aly.1@osu.edu

 

Sean Anthony, Ph.D., The University of Chicago
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Language Center
(Early Islam, Islamic Thought, Classical Arabic Literature)
email: anthony.288@osu.edu

Bulent Bekcioglu, M.A., The Ohio State University
Lecturer, Near Eastern Language Center
(Turkish Language)
email: bekcioglu.1@osu.edu

Naomi Brenner, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Hebrew and Israeli literature and culture; Yiddish literature and culture; Arabic literature and culture; comparative Jewish literatures; comparative Middle Eastern literatures)
email: brenner.108@osu.edu

Vincente Cantarino, Ph.D., University of Munich 
Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
(Medieval Philosophy; Scholastic Theology; Arabic; Medieval Spanish Literature;
Intellectual History of Europe)
email: cantarino.1@osu.edu 

John B. Casterline Ph.D., University of Michigan
Lazarus Professor in Population Studies, Department of Sociology
(Demographic change in the Arab region; Child development and well-being in Egypt; Childbearing and reproductive health in Pakistan)
emailcasterline.10@sociology.osu.edu

Stratos Constantinidis, Ph.D., University of Iowa
Associate Professor, Theater
(Comparative Drama)
email: constantinidis.1@osu.edu

Magda Elsherbini, MA, Catholic University of America
Head Librarian, Middle East Studies Collection
(Libraries of the Middle East, Middle East Language Cataloguing Science)
email: el-sherbini.1@osu.edu

Carter Findley, Ph.D., Harvard University 
Professor Emeritus, History
(Ottoman Empire; Islamic History& Civilization)
email: findley.1@osu.edu                                                                   )))))))

Daniel Frank, Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor, Coordinator of Hebrew Language Program, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures
(Post biblical Jewish History and Hebrew Literature;Medieval Jewish Philosophy; Biblical Exegesis;
Judeo-Arabic Language and Literature; Karaitica) 
email: frank.152@osu.edu

Joseph Galron-Goldschlager, M.L.S. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jewish Studies Librarian
email: galron.1@osu.edu

Matt Goldish, Ph.D., UCLA
Professor, History
(Medieval and Modern Jewish History)
email: goldish.1@osu.edu

Esther Gottlieb, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Program Manager, CIRIT (Cluster Interdisciplinary Research on International Themes)
(Comparative & International Education; Women in the Middle East)
email: gottlieb.26@osu.edu

Fritz Graf, Ph. D., 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 
Associate Professor, History
(American, Great Britain and Egyptian Diplomatic History)
email: hahn.29@osu.edu

Jane Hathaway, Ph.D., Princeton University
Associate Professor, History
(Ottoman Empire; Egypt )
email: hathaway.24@osu.edu

Richard Herrmann, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Professor, Political Science
(International Relations; American Foreign Policy)
email: herrmann.24@osu.edu

Susan Huntington, Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
Professor, History of Art
(South Asian Art)
email: huntington.1@osu.edu

Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., Columbia University
Associate Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
(Yiddish Linguistics)
email: jacobs.8@osu.edu

Pranav Jani, Ph.D., Brown University
Associate Professor, Comparative Studies
(Postcolonial Studies Asian American Studies Twentieth-Century British and American Literature)
email: jani.4@osu.edu

Xinquan Jiang, Ph.D., 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 

Hadi Jorati, Ph.D., Yale University
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Language Center
(Islamic Iran, The Sciences in Islamic Traditions, Classical Arabic and Persian Historiography)
email: jorati.2@osu.edu

Robin Judd, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Associate Professor, History
(Modern Jewish History; German History; Medieval History;
Gender History and Theory)
email: judd.18@osu.edu

Anthony Kaldellis, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Professor, Department of Greek and Latin
(Byzantine History and Culture)
email: kaldellis.1@osu.edu

Mehrak Kamali-Sarvestani, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Persian Language Program Coordinator, Near Eastern Language Center
email: kamalisarvestani.1@osu.edu

Alexander Kaye, Ph.D., University of Columbia
Assistant Professor, Department of History
(Jewish intellectual history, legal history and the history of Israel)
emailkaye.74@osu.edu

Lynn Kaye, Ph.D., New York University
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Language Center
(Rabbinic Literature, Jewish Law and Thought, Literary/Critical Theory)
email: kaye.73@osu.edu

Ousman Kobo, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
Associate Professor, History
(20th century West African social and religious history)
email: kobo.1@osu.edu

Rattan Lal, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Professor, School of Natural Resources and Department of Agronomy
(Soil Management; Land Degradation; Greenhouse Effect; Sustainable Agriculture)
email: lal.1@osu.edu

Scott Levi, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor, History
(Central Asian and Islamic World History; South Asia)
email: levi.18@osu.edu

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

Morgan Liu, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Muslims in (Post-) Socialist States, Islamic Knowledge and Publics)
email: liu.737@osu.edu

Peter Mansoor, Ph.D., Ohio State University
General Raymond Mason Chair of Military History, History
email: mansoor.1@osu.edu                                                                           

Danielle Marx-Scouras, Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor, French and Italian
(Francophonic North Africa)
email: marx-scouras.1@osu.edu

Melinda McClimans, M.A., Ohio State University
Assistant Director, Middle Eastern Studies Center
(Arabic Language and Literature, Connections between Multicultural and Global Education)
email: mcclimans.2@osu.edu     

Joy McCorriston, Ph.D., Yale University
Professor, Anthropology
(Archeology; Archeo-botany-botany; Near East; Anthropological Dimensions of Climate Change;
Environmental Archeology)

email: mccorriston.1@osu.edu

Sam Meier, Ph.D., Harvard University
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Comparative Semitism; Hebrew Bible)
email: meier.3@osu.edu

Katherine Meyer, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Professor, Sociology
(Social change; Democracy, Gender and Religion)
email: meyer.23@osu.edu

David Miller, Ph.D., University of California
Associate Professor, Germanic Languages and Literatures
(Yiddish Literature; Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century German Prose Fiction)
email: miller.3@osu.edu

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

Emily Neumeier, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
ACLS Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of History of Art
(Islamic Art and Architecture, Ottoman Empire)
email: neumeier.25@osu.edu

Okechukwa Odita, Ph.D., University of Indiana
Professor, History of Art
(Art of North Africa; Art Media Techniques)
email: odita.1@osu.edu

Alam Payind, Ph.D., Indiana University
Director, Middle East Studies Center
Adjunct Professor, International Studies, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Political Science
(Middle Eastern and Central Asian Politics; Ethnic and Linguistic Groups in the Middle East and Central Asia)
email: payind.1@osu.edu

John Quigley, L.L.B., Harvard Law School
Professor, College of Law
(International Law; Comparative Law; Human Rights Law)
email: quigley.2@osu.edu

Tamar Rudavsky, Ph.D., Brandeis University
Professor, Philosophy
(Medieval Jewish and Islamic Philosophy)
email: rudavsky.1@osu.edu

Danielle Schoon, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Lecturer, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Turkish Culture, Turkish Literature in Translation, The Middle East in the Media)
email: schoon.2@osu.edu

Johanna Sellman, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Comparative Literature, Arabic Literature, French, Literature)
email: sellman.13@osu.edu

Ahmad Sikainga, Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara
Professor, History
(History of Islam in Africa; Colonialism)
email: sikainga.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
(Rabbinics; Ancient Hebrew)
email: swartz.69@osu.edu

Adena Tanenbaum, Ph.D., Harvard University
Associate Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
(Post biblical Hebrew Literature and Jewish History; Medieval Hebrew Poetry and Belles-Lettres; Modern Hebrew Literature and Language; Medieval Jewish Philosophy; Biblical Exegesis; Judeo-Arabic Language and Literature)
email: tanenbaum.8@osu.edu

Inés Valdez, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
Assistant Professor, Political Science
(Immigration, Democratic Theory, and Latina/o Political Thought)
email: valdez.39@osu.edu

Burkhard Von Rabenau, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley
Professor, City and Regional Planning
(Urban/Regional Economic Development and Growth; Problems of Urbanization)
email: vonrabenau.1@osu.edu

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

Sabra Webber, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin
Professor, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures and Department of Comparative Studies
(Middle Eastern Anthropology)
email: webber.1@osu.edu

 


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