Faculty Members

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Mahmoud Azaz
Assistant Professor of Arabic Language (Tenure Track), Linguistics, & Pedagogy; Second Language Acquisition & Teaching; and University of Arizona Distinguished Fellow
Email: mazaz@email.arizona.edu
Office: Marshall 448

Mahmoud is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Arabic Language, Linguistics, and Pedagogy in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Also, he is the University of Arizona Distinguished Fellow (Center for University Education Scholarship). Mahmoud is also an affiliate at the...
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Anne Betteridge
Professor (Career Track), Iranian Women and Culture, Director of CMES
Email: anneb@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-5456
Office: Marshall 470

An anthropologist with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Anne H. Betteridge is Director of the University of Arizona (UA) Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a faculty member in the UA School of Middle Eastern & North African Studies.  She served as Executive Director of the Middle...
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Julia Clancy-Smith
Regent's Professor (Tenure Track)
Email: juliac@email.arizona.edu

Julia Clancy-Smith [PhD History, UCLA, 1988] is a Tenure-Track Regent's Professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson. She is...
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Samira Farwaneh
Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Arabic Language & Linguistics, Director of Graduate Studies
Email: farwaneh@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-8629
Office: Marshall 450
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Benjamin Fortna
Director & Professor (Tenure Track), History of Modern Middle East and Ottoman Empire
Email: bcfortna@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-1732
Office: Marshall 444

Benjamin C. Fortna is a historian of the Modern Middle East with a particular research focus on the late Ottoman Empire and the early Turkish Republic.  His publications include Imperial Classroom: Islam, Education and the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Oxford University Press, 2002...
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Leila Hudson
Associate Professor, Modern Middle East Culture and Political Economy
Email: lhudson@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 621-8013
Office: Marshall 445

Research Interests:
refugees and migration, war and extremism, gender and sexualities, media and publics, Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean, regional political dynamics

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Scott Lucas
Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Islamic Studies
Email: sclucas@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-9562
Office: Marshall 446

Dr. Lucas is an associate professor of Islamic Studies. His research explores the creative process by which Sunni and Zaydi scholars composed works in the genres of law, hadith, and Qur’anic commentary during the classical period of Islamic civilization. (For his major publications, see...
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Maha Nassar
Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Modern Middle East History, Islamic Studies
Email: mtnassar@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-5189
Office: Marshall 453

I am a cultural and intellectual historian of the twentieth-century Arab world, with a focus on Palestinian history during the 1950s and 1960s. My research on intellectual constructs of social, political and cultural identities seeks to trace the circulation of political vocabularies that...
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Narges Nematollahi
Instructor of Persian (Career Track and holds the Endowed Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Assistant Professor of Persian Language)
Email: nnematollahi@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-8013‎
Office: 478

Narges Nematollahi holds the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Assistant Professor of Persian Language in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the departments of Central Eurasian Studies and Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington. She holds a Master...
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Yaseen Noorani
Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Arabic/Persian Language & Literature
Email: ynoorani@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-9696
Office: Marshall 449

Yaseen Noorani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago. He has previously taught at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Michigan. His research centers on how social...
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Austin O'Malley
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track)
Email: austinomalley@email.arizona.edu
Office: Marshall 442

Austin O’Malley, the Roshan Institute Assistant Professor of Persian and Iranian Studies, received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017. His research centers on the rhetoric, didacticism, and reception of pre-modern Sufi literature, and he is currently pursuing a book project that...
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Sonia Shiri
Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Middle East Language Programs Coordinator, Director of the Arabic Flagship
Email: soniashiri@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-7667
Office: Marshall Bldg 443

Dr. Sonia Shiri is Associate Professor, Middle East Language Programs Coordinator and Director of the Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Arizona.  Prior to joining MENAS, Dr. Sonia Shiri coordinated the Arabic Program at the University of...
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Kamran Talattof
Professor (Tenure Track), Persian Language and Literature
Email: talattof@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2330
Office: Marshall 452

Kamran Talattof received his Ph. D. from The University of Michigan in 1996, and he has been teaching at the University of Arizona since 1999 after teaching at Princeton University for three years. He is currently a full professor for the Department of Near Eastern Studies while holding...
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