CMES Faculty

Dalia Abo-Haggar

Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: dabohaggar@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4194
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 301
Academic Interests: Stylistics of the Qur’an, Arabic language and linguistics
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Irit Aharony

Senior Preceptor in Modern Hebrew, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: aharony@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-7382
Office Location: Vanserg, Room 121
Academic Interests: Hebrew and Israeli literature, Israeli culture, the influence of the Bible on Israeli literature, Israeli cinema, and the question of place and space in Israeli literature
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Asad Ali Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department
Email: aaahmed@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-5690
Academic Interests: Secularism and religion, liberalism, language and the law, colonial and post-colonial studies, ethnography of the state, South Asia
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Leila Ahmed

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School
Email: leila_ahmed@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-5316
Academic Interests: Islam and gender in America, and issues of gender, race, and class in the Middle East in the late colonial era
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Shahab Ahmed

Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School
Email: sahmed@law.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-3622
Office Location: Austin MZ216
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Moneera Al-Ghadeer

Fall 2014 Shawwaf Visiting Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: malghadeer@fas.harvard.edu
Phone:
(617) 496-3353
Office Location: 38 Kirkland, Room 202
Academic Interests: Arabic, African-American, and Francophone literature, feminist philosophy, postcolonial studies, and translation theory
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Sami Alkyam

Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: alkyam@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8715
Office Location: 17 Sumner, Room 209
Academic Interests: Depictions of dictators and tyranny in the Arabic novel; literary translation, language teaching, second language acquisition, and the use of technology in instruction
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Ali Asani

Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Director, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
aliasani@fas.harvard.edu
(617) 495-5755
Office Location: Barker Center, Room 305
Islam in South Asia, Shia and Sufi devotional traditions in South Asia, popular or folk forms of Muslim devotional life, Muslim communities in the West
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Nour Barmada

Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: barmadaabida@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-9273
Office Location: 38 Kirkland, Room 303
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Nicholas Boylston

Preceptor in Persian, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: boylston@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8559
Office Location: 17 Sumner, Room 206
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Sibel Bozdogan

Lecturer in Architectural History, Graduate School of Design
Email: sbozdoga@gsd.harvard.edu
Academic Interests: Cross-cultural histories of modern architecture and urbanism in Europe, America, Mediterranean, and the Middle East with a specialization on Turkey
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Claude Bruderlein

Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health, School of Public Health; Senior Researcher, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research
Email: cbruderl@hsph.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 384-5627
Academic Interests: Strategic planning in humanitarian protection; the protection of civilians, the development of humanitarian law, the promotion of human security strategies, and the role of information technologies in emergency response. Has worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a delegate in Iran, Israel and the Occupied Territories, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Yemen.
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R. Nicholas Burns

The Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations, Kennedy School of Government
Email: Nicholas_Burns@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-3255
Office Location: Littauer, Room 374
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Steven Caton

Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies, Anthropology DepartmentEmail: caton@wjh.harvard.edu
(617) 495-1886
Tozzer Anthropology Building, Room 318
Academic Interests: Arabic and the Middle East, with an emphasis on Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula; water sustainability

Jocelyne Cesari

Lecturer on Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School; Director of Islam in the West Program, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Center, Senior Research Fellow at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris
Email: jcesari@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-8787
Office Location: Prince Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program, 8 Story Street
Academic Interests: Islam and globalization, Islam and secularism, immigration, and religious pluralism. Director of the Islam in the West Program and Islamopedia Online.
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Eric Chaney

Assistant Professor of Economics, Economics Department
Email: echaney@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-2638
Office Location: Littauer Center, Room 231
Academic Interests: Economic history, applied econometrics, development, and Middle Eastern history
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Shaye J.D. Cohen

Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy; Chair, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: scohen@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-6422
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 105
Academic Interests: The boundary between Jews and gentiles and between Judaism and its surrounding cultures
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Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good

Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Email: maryjo_good@hms.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 432-2557
Academic Interests: Culture and political economy of biomedicine, biotechnology and bioethics, including clinical realities and moral dilemmas encountered by physicians in the United States and globally (Indonesia, East Africa)
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Peter Der Manuelian

Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum
Email: peter_manuelian@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8558
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 208
Academic Interests: Ancient Egyptian history, archaeology, epigraphy, the development of mortuary architecture, and the (icono)graphic nature of Egyptian language and culture in general
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Khaled El-Rouayheb

James Richard Jewett Professor of Islamic Intellectual History, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: kel@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-1681
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 308
Academic Interests: The intellectual and cultural history of the Arabic-Islamic world in the early-modern period (1500-1800); the history of Arabic logic; Islamic theology and philosophy
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Noah Feldman

Bemis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Email: nfeldman@law.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-9140
Office Location: Hauser Hall, Room 210
Academic Interests: Constitutional studies, with particular emphasis on the relationship between law and religion, constitutional design, and the history of legal theory
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Luis Manuel Girón Negrón

Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literature
Email: giron@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-2567
Office Location: Dana-Palmer House, Room 104
Academic Interests: Spanish literature (Medieval and Golden Age); Arabic and Hebrew literatures (Middle Ages); history of religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Middle Ages); historical linguistics; comparative literature
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Byron Good

Professor of Medical Anthropology, Harvard Medical School
Email: byron_good@hms.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 432-2612
Academic Interests: Research and mental health services development in Asian societies, particularly Indonesia
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William Graham

Murray A. Albertson Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and Committee on the Study of Religion; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor [on leave Spring and Fall 2015]
Email: wgraham@fas.harvard.edu
Office Location: Barker Center, Room 302
Academic Interests: Early religious history of Islam, with special focus on the Qur'an and Hadith literatures; ritual, pilgrimage, and scripture studies; tradition and traditionalism
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William Granara

CMES Director; Professor of the Practice of Arabic on the Gordon Gray Endowment; Director of Modern Language Programs, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: granara@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-9065
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 302
Academic Interests: Modern Arabic literature, literature and cultures of medieval Muslim Sicily and Spain
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Jay M. Harris

Harry Austryn Wolfson Professor of Jewish Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Dean of Undergraduate Education
Email: jharris@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-7546
Office Location: University Hall, First Floor North
Academic Interests: Ancient Judaism, modern Jewish history
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Michael Herzfeld

Ernest E. Monrad Professor of the Social Sciences, Department of Anthropology; Curator of European Ethnology in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University
Email: herzfeld@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-5190
Office Location: William James Hall, Room 380
Academic Interests: Social theory, history of anthropology, social poetics, politics of history; Europe (especially Greece & Italy), and Thailand
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Feryal Hijazi

Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: fhijazi@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-1036
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 108
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Baber Johansen

Professor of Islamic Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School
Email: bjohansen@hds.harvard.edu
Office Location: Andover, Room 122
Academic Interests: The relationship between religion and law in the classical and the modern Muslim world
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Cemal Kafadar

Vehbi Koç Professor of Turkish Studies, History Department
Email: kafadar@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-5389
Office Location: Robinson Hall Room 1-01
Academic Interests:
Social and cultural history of the Middle East and Southeastern Europe in the early modern era
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Susan Kahn

Associate Director and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: skahn@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-7596
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 110
Academic Interests: Medical anthropology, kinship studies, Israel studies and anthropology of the Middle East; genetics and interspecies kinship
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Ioli Kalavrezou

Dumbarton Oaks Professor of Byzantine Art, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Email: kalavrez@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-7982
Office Location: Sackler Museum, Room 217
Academic Interests: Early Christian and Byzantine art history
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Ousmane Kane

Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Contemporary Islamic Religion and Society, Harvard Divinity School
Email: ousmane_kane@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8508
Office Location: Andover, Room 304
Academic Interests: The history of Islamic religious institutions and organizations since the eighteenth century, the intellectual history of Islam in Africa, Muslim globalization
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Herbert Kelman

Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, Psychology Department
Email: hck@wjh.harvard.edu
Office Location: William James Hall, Room 1304
Academic Interests: Interactive problem solving, an unofficial third party approach to the resolution of international and intercommunal conflicts, and its application to the Arab-Israeli conflict, with special emphasis on its Israeli-Palestinian component
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Salmaan Keshavjee

Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Email:
Phone: (617) 432-3215
Academic Interests: Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment and policy; health-sector reform and access to health care and medical technology in transitional societies, with a special focus on countries of the former Soviet Union (Central Asia and the Russian Federation); the role of non-governmental organizations in globalization and the formation of trans-border civil society; and modernity, social institutions, civil society, and health in the Middle East and Central Asia
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Chad Kia

Lecturer on Persian Literature and Culture, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations,
Email: ckia@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4654
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 309
Academic Interests: The text-image nexus in illustrated manuscripts of didactic and romance poetry by medieval Sufi poets
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Arthur Kleinman

Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Medical Anthropology in Global Health and Social Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Victor and William Fung Director, Asia Center
Email: kleinman@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-3846
Office Location: Tozzer Anthropology Building, Room 414
Academic Interests: Medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities
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Nevenka Korica Sullivan

Senior Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: nevenkakorica@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-7809
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 103
Academic Interests: Second language acquisition, pedagogy and curriculum development for higher levels of proficiency
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C.C. Lamberg-Karlovsky

Stephen Phillips Professor of Archaeology and Ethnology, Anthropology Department
Email: karlovsk@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8162
Office Location: Peabody Museum 57J
Academic Interests: The urban process and exchange networks that tie the Near East, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian peninsula, and Central Asia into spheres of economic and political interaction
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Luke A. Leafgren

Lecturer on Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: leafgren@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4829
Office Location: Mather House Resident Dean's Office, 10 Cowperthwaite Street
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Peter B. Machinist

Hancock Professor of Hebrew and Other Oriental Languages, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: machinis@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-0333
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 301
Academic Interests: Biblical Studies (especially Hebrew Bible) and ancient Syro-Palestinian history; Hebrew, Akkadian, and other ancient Semitic languages; ancient Mesopotamian studies; interconnections in ancient Near Eastern history
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Hisham Mahmoud

Preceptor in Arabic, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: hisham_mahmoud@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-0974
Office Location: 17 Sumner, Room 208
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Erez Manela

Professor of History, History Department
Email: manela@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-6467
Office Location: Robinson Hall, Room 220
Academic Interests: The history of the United States in the world and modern international history; US interactions with Asia and the Middle East; the evolution of international society and international orders; colonialism, nationalism, and decolonization; modernization and development; the roles of international organizations; and the history of global health
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Tarek Masoud

Associate Professor in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Email: Tarek_Masoud@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-3036
Office Location: 124 Mt. Auburn, Suite 200N-236
Academic Interests: The role of religion in the Muslim world's political development
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Mohsen Mostafavi

Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design; Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design
Email: mohsen_mostafavi@gsd.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4364
Academic Interests: Modes and processes of urbanization and the interface between technology and aesthetics
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Roy Mottahedeh

Gurney Professor of History, History Department
Email: mottahed@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-8433
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 209
Academic Interests: Pre-modern social and intellectual history of the Islamic Middle East
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Sandra Naddaff

Director of Studies in the Literature Concentration; Senior Lecturer on Literature and Comparative Literature, Department of Comparative Literature; Dean, Harvard Summer School
Email: snaddaff@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4186
Office Location: Dana Palmer House, Room 209
Academic Interests: English, French, Arabic narrative; 1001 Nights; translation; literature and music; Arab-American ethnic identity; cross-cultural literary relations between the Arab Middle East and western Europe
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Afsaneh Najmabadi

Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality [on leave 2014–15]
Email: najmabad@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-7460
Office Location: Boylston Hall, Room G-33
Academic Interests: Genealogies of Iranian feminism, historiography of sexuality in non-Euro/American cultures
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Gülru Necipoğlu

Aga Khan Professor of Islamic Art; Director of the Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture, Department of the History of Art and Architecture
Email: agakhan@fas.harvard.edu (assistant)
Phone: (617) 495-2355
Academic Interests: Medieval and early modern periods, with a particular focus on the Mediterranean basin and Eastern Islamic lands
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Meghan O’Sullivan

Kirkpatrick Professor of the Practice of International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government
Email: Meghan_OSullivan@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-4308
Office Location: Littauer, Room 329
Academic Interests: The geopolitics of energy, decision making in foreign policy, nation-building, counterinsurgency, and the Middle East
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E. Roger Owen

A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle Eastern History, Emeritus, Department of History
Email: eowen@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-2817
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, 210
Academic Interests: Writing the Middle East into the first wave of modern globalization, 1870–1929; modern Egypt and Iraq; and theories of imperialism
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John Quelch

Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Phone: (617) 495-6325
Academic Interests: Brands and branding, globalization, international marketing, marketing, social enterprise; the role and responsibilities of corporations in solving public health problems, both in the United States and worldwide
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Intisar A. Rabb

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Co-Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
Email: irabb@law.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-9576
Office Location: Griswold, Room 402
Academic Interests: Legislation; legislation: statutory interpretation; comparative and foreign law: Islamic legal studies; comparative and foreign law: comparative constitutional law
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Ahmed Ragab

Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion, Harvard Divinity School
Email: ahmed_ragab@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-9364
Office Location: Center for the Study of World Religions
Academic Interests: The history and development of medieval Islamic sciences, the relationship between science and religion in the medieval and modern Middle East, the history of medieval Islamic hospitals, and the intellectual and cultural history of women in the region
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David Roxburgh

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor of Islamic Art History, Department of the History of Art & Architecture
Email: roxburgh@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-1056
Office Location: Sackler Museum, Room 410
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James R. Russell

Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: russelldeep@gmail.com
Phone: (617) 496-9049
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 203
Academic Interests: Classical and Modern Armenian language and literature; North Caucasian epic; folk beliefs and practices of the Armenian people
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Richard James Saley

Lecturer on Hebrew, Harvard Divinity School and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: saley@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4239
Office Location: Vanserg, Room 131
Academic Interests: Textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Septuagint studies; the development of and interaction between the Hebrew and Greek textual traditions in pre-canonical late Second Temple Judaism
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Hashim Sarkis

Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies, Graduate School of Design
Email: hsarkis@gsd.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-0330
Biography: Architecture, infrastructure and public space; the history and theory of architecture
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Kay K. Shelemay

G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies, Department of Music
Email: shelemay@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-2791
Office Location: Payne Hall, Room 7
Academic Interests: Musical ethnography; music and memory; Ethiopian music and musicians in their North American diaspora
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Piotr Steinkeller

Professor of Assyriology, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: steinkel@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-0553
Office Location: 6 Divinity Ave., Room 103
Academic Interests: The history, culture, and languages of early Mesopotamia (3000-1500 BCE), particularly the socioeconomic history of Babylonia during the 3rd mil. BCE; the early history of Sumero-Akkadian religion
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Kristen Stilt

The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Professor of Islamic Legal Studies, Harvard Law School; Co-Director, Islamic Legal Studies Program
Email: kstilt@law.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-4446
Office Location: Griswold, Room 300
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Himmet Taskomur

Preceptor in Ottoman and Modern Turkish, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations [not teaching in 2014–15]
Email: taskomur@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 496-8568
Office Location: 38 Kirkland Street, Room 211
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Jason Ur

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Email: jasonur@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-8920
Academic Interests: Early urbanism and cultural landscapes in the ancient Near East
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Stephen M. Walt

Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, Kennedy School of Government
Email: Stephen_Walt@harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-5712
Office Location: Littauer, Room 367
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Malika Zeghal

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life, Committee on the Study of Religion and Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
Email: mzeghal@fas.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 384-8432
Office Location: Barker Center, Room 411
Academic Interests: Islamist movements and in the institutionalization of Islam in the Muslim world, with special focus on the Middle East and North Africa in the postcolonial period and on Muslim diasporas in North America and Western Europe
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