Departmental Faculty

Mahmoud Azaz

Associate Professor, Arabic Language, Linguistics, & Pedagogy

University of Arizona Distinguished Fellow

  • Arab world
  • Second language acquisition and pedagogy
  • Sociolinguistics
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Anne Betteridge

Anne Betteridge

Professor, Iranian Women & Culture

Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

  • Iran and the Persianate World
  • Anthropology
  • Gender Studies
Julia Clancy-Smith

Julia Clancy-Smith

Regent's Professor

  • North Africa and the Mediterranean
  • Modern and world history
  • Imperialism and colonialism in the Middle East and North Africa

Samira Farwaneh

Associate Professor, Arabic Language & Linguistics

  • Arab world
  • Phonology and Morphology
  • Sociolinguistics

Benjamin Fortna

Director & Professor, History of Modern Middle East & Ottoman Empire

  • The Ottoman Empire and Turkey
  • Modern history
  • Biography and education

Laura Frances Goffman

Assistant Professor of Health Studies of the Middle East and North Africa

  • History of Health Disease and Medicine
  • Modern Arab world
  • Arabian Peninsula and Persian Gulf

Leila Hudson

Associate Professor, Modern Middle East Culture & Political Economy

Scott Lucas

Associate Professor, Islamic Studies

Director, Undergraduate Studies

  • Arab world
  • Islamic thought
  • Zaydi Islam in Yemen
Maha Nassar

Maha Nassar

Associate Professor, Modern Middle East History, Islamic Studies

  • Modern Arab world
  • Cultural and intellectual history
  • Palestinian identity formation and transnational discourses

Narges Nematollahi

Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Assistant Professor, Persian Language

  • Ancient and early medieval Iran
  • Historical and socio-linguistics
  • Stylistics

Yaseen Noorani

Associate Professor, Arabic/Persian Language & Literature

Director, Graduate Studies

Austin O'Malley

Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian and Iranian Studies

  • Persianate world
  • Literature
  • Sufism

Ahmet Okal

Assistant Professor of Practice

Sonia Shiri

Sonia Shiri

Associate Professor

Programs Coordinator, Middle East Language

Director, Arabic Flagship

Kamran Talattof

Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Chair, Persian and Iranian Studies ‎

  • Iran and the Persian world
  • Persian literature and Iranian culture and cinema
  • Gender and Ideology