William Granara is Gordon Gray Professor of Arabic and teaches Arabic language and literature. He is currently the director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and director of the Moroccan Studies Program at Harvard. In addition he is the founding director of Harvard Summer School’s program, Mediterranean Crossings: France and the Arab World, in Aix-en-Provence, France.
He studied French and Arabic at Georgetown and earned a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1986). He has translated three Arabic novels into English, The Earthquake by Tahir Wattar (2000), Granada by Radwa Ashour (2004), and The Battle of Poitiers by Jurji Zaydan (2012). In addition to his scholarly publications on modern Arabic literature, he researches on the literature and cultures of medieval Muslim Sicily and Spain. Among his recent articles are: “Sicilian Poets in Seville: Literary Affinities Across Political Borders” (2013); “Fragments of the Past: Reconstructing Palermo’s Jewish Neighborhood, 973-1492” (2010); and “Rethinking Muslim Sicily’s Golden Age: Poetry and Patronage at the Fatimid Kalbid Court” (2008).
Associate Director, 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. She is currently working on projects involving genetics and interspecies kinship.
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.
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.