Law and Religion in Classical and Modern Muslim World, Long-Term Changes in Islamic Classical and Postclassical Legal Doctrine, Modern Muslim Debates on State Models, The Status of Islamic Law in Modern Arab Legislation and Jurisprudence, Twentieth-Century Liberal Interpretations of Islam
Associate Director, Acting Director of Graduate Studies, and Director of the AM Program, CMES; Lecturer on Near Eastern Studies
Susan Kahn received her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Her book, Reproducing Jews: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception in Israel, was published in Fall 2000 by Duke University Press and won a National Jewish Book Award for the year 2000, as well as the 2001 Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, awarded by the Society of Medical Anthropology for outstanding research in gender and health. Her research interests include medical anthropology, kinship studies, Israel studies and anthropology of the Middle East. In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she is currently working on a research project about the relationship between people and dogs in the Land of Israel from ancient times to the present. Susan was born and raised in Cambridge, Mass.
Prior to joining CMES in 2009, Johanna spent three years as a project manager at Weymouth Design, a graphic and web design firm in Boston, where she managed successful web design projects for large and small clients. She also has writing and proofreading experience, and a B.A. in Literature from Bard College. Johanna enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and hiking.
Program Coordinator & Visiting Researcher Administrator
Before joining CMES Liz worked for over five years in the office of Harvard's Vice President for Administration, where she managed the Vice President's daily schedule, correspondence, special events and web news. She has an M.A. in Art History from Columbia University and B.A. in Fine Arts from Harvard College.
Prior to joining the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Michelle spent three years at Harvard School of Public Health as an Administrative Assistant and Financial Associate. She has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Anna received her BA in Religion from Haverford College and graduated from Harvard Divinity School with a Master of Theological Studies degree and a concentration in Religious Studies and Education. Prior to coming to Harvard, she taught 5th – 8th grade social studies and comparative religion in Dorchester, MA and completed her student teaching in 8th grade social studies in Arlington, MA while at Harvard.
Sarah received her BA in Psychology, BA in Dance, and MA in Arts Administration. She worked in the non-profit arts sector with a programming and education focus with organizations such as the American Dance Festival (NC), Dance St. Louis, Citi Performing Arts Center (Boston), and Springstep (Medford, MA). Her experiences have included creating and implementing marketing plans, fundraising events, performance series, classes for youth and adults, community programs, master classes, school performances and workshops, and professional development programs for K-12 teachers.