Peter Carroll (Ph.D. Yale, 1998) Associate Professor, History . Carroll specializes in the social and cultural history of 19th and 20th century China . His research interests include urban history, Chinese modernism, popular and material culture, gender/sexuality, and nationalism. A Fulbright recipient, he has also held fellowships with the Project on Cities and Urban Knowledges, New York University ; the Center for Chinese Studies, UC Berkeley; and the Center for Chinese Studies, Taipei , Taiwan . He is the author of Between Heaven and Modernity: Reconstructing Suzhou, 1895-1937 (Stanford University Press, 2006). He is currently working on a project exploring suicide and notions modern society in China , 1900-1957.
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George Bond (Ph.D. Northwestern, 1972), Professor, Religion Bond's primary research interest is Theravada Buddhism. Bond teaches Religion 210 (Introduction to Buddhism) as well as courses on the life of the Buddha, Theravada Buddhism and Buddhist Culture. He has published books on the scriptures of Buddhism and on Theravada Buddhism including a recent book on Buddhist social engagement, Buddhism At Work.
Brian T. Edwards, (Ph.D. Yale University) Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literary Studies Edwards teaches and writes about U.S. literature and culture in its international context, globalization and culture, and contemporary literary and cultural production of North Africa and the Middle East. He is the author of Morocco Bound: Disorienting America's Maghreb, from Casablanca to the Marrakech Express (Duke, 2005), co-editor of Globalizing American Studies (Chicago, 2010), and author of essays on contemporary Moroccan cinema, American studies in Iran, Iranian cinema, and other topics in postcolonial and globalization studies. In Fall 2009, Edwards edited a special portfolio of new Egyptian writing called "Cairo 2010: After Kefaya" for the New York literary journal A Public Space (issue 9), which introduced the next generation of Cairo writers (plus a filmmaker and a comic artist) to American readers. He is working on two books: After the American Century: American Culture in Middle Eastern Circulation, for which he was named a Carnegie Scholar; and Kiddie Orientalism, emerging from his creative non-fiction published in magazines such as The Believer and McSweeney's. He co-chairs Northwestern's Middle East and North African Studies faculty working group. Link to full bio and publications: http://www.english.northwestern.edu/people/edwards.html
Jillana Enteen (Ph.D. Rutgers), Visiting Assistant Professor, English and Gender Studies Enteen teaches and writes about the internet, Postcolonial theory, Asian diaspora literature, Cultural Studies, and theories of sexuality and gender. A former teacher in China and Thailand and Fulbright Researcher, she has published essays about the use of English language terms for sexualities and genders in the urban cultures of Thailand. Her manuscript, entitled, "Virtual English: Internet Use, Language, and Global Subjects," forthcoming on Routledge Press, analyzes internet activities by Asians in diaspora, revealing participation that simultaneously challenges and ignores dominant practices and provides non-traditional interpretations of computer-mediated communication.
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Sarah Fraser (Ph.D. 1996, UC Berkeley) is Chair of the Art History Department . She teaches and researches primarily in Chinese painting with an emphasis on questions of gender, national identity formation, and artistic enterprise.Â Her books include Performing the Visual: Buddhist Wall Painting Practice in China and Central Asia, 618-960. (Stanford University Press, 2004), which concerns Chinese theories of spontaneity and workshop production in the middle period. Fraser's edited volume on Buddhist material culture published by the Shanghai Fine Arts Publishers, 2003, entitled Merit, Opulence and the Buddhist Network of Wealth , contains the Chinese proceedings of a major conference she organized with Peking University in 2001. Â Her articles and essays include contributions to Artibus Asiae , Orientations , L'art de Dunhuang à la Bibliothèque nationale de France , and Images in Exchange: Cultural Transactions in Chinese Pictorial Arts . Â She has received fellowships from the Getty Center for Arts and Humanities,the American Council of Learned Societies, National Academy of Sciences, The Luce Foundation, and the NEH.Â In 1999-2000 she was appointed Directrice d'Études at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris. Â Fraser also has directed two international research project on Buddhist art at Northwestern. Under the auspices of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this path breaking 3-D digital archive features wall paintings and manuscripts from western China in a multimedia environment. From 1998-2002 Fraser also directed fieldwork and a conference in China with faculty from China, Japan, France, Hong Kong, U.S., and Taiwan.
Edna Grad (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1978), College Lecturer, Program of Foreign Language Education Grad is a native speaker of Hebrew who has set up and coordinated the Hebrew program of studies at Northwestern since 1979, and served as director of Program of African and Asian Languages from 1980-1983. She teaches courses in Hebrew language and literature and has taught courses in applied linguistics. Her publications include textbooks for beginners and for intermediate-level Hebrew.
Richard Li-cheng Gu (Ph.D. Oregon), Senior Lecturer, Program of African and Asian Languages Gu is a native of Beijing, who teaches Chinese language and literature at Northwestern. He has taught at Beijing Second Foreign Language Institute, University of Tibet, Middlebury College, and Princeton University prior to coming to Northwestern. His main interests are in humor and drama. His publications cover both literature and language pedagogy.
Anne Gunter (Ph.D. Columbia University) Art History. Gunter received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern art history and archaeology from Columbia University and in 1987 joined the staff of the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, as curator of ancient Near Eastern Art. In 2004 she was appointed Head of Scholarly Publications and Programs at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, and she also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, John Hopkins University. A specialist in ancient Near Eastern art and Anatolian archaeology, Dr. Gunter has curated several exhibitions at the Freer and Sackler galleries, including When Kingship Descended from Heaven: Masterpieces of Mesopotamian Art from the Louvre (1992), Preserving Ancient Statues from Jordan (1996), and Caravan Kingdoms: Yemen and the Ancient Incense Trade (2004). Her numerous publications include Gordion: The Bronze Age (1991), Ancient Iranian Metalwork in the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (co-authored with Paul Jett, 1992), A Collector’s Journey: Charles Lang Freer and Egypt (2002), Ernst Herzfeld and the Development of Near Eastern Studies, 1900–1950 (co-edited with Stefan R. Hauser, 2005), and Greek Art and the Orient (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). She is currently preparing for publication the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age ceramics excavated from the site of Kinet Höyük, Turkey, an archaeological field project under the auspices of Bilkent University, Ankara.
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Laura Hein (Ph.D. Wisconsin, 1986), Professor, HistoryHein specializes in the history of Japan in the 20th century and its international relations. Her most recent book, co-edited with Rebecca Jennison is Imagination Without Borders: Visual Artist Tomiyama Taeko and Social Responsibility, Center for Japanese Studies, The University of Michigan, September 2010. The book accompanies a beautiful website created by the Academic Technologies staff at the Northwestern University Library. Veiw it at http://imaginationwithoutborders.northwestern.edu/ Other work includes Reasonable Men, Powerful Words: Political Culture and Expertise in Twentieth Century Japan, (University of California, 2004; Japanese ed. Iwanami 2007), which explores various ways in which economic expertise intersected with politics through a study of the lives of a tight-knit group of Japanese intellectuals. She also has a strong interest in problems of remembrance and public memory, resulting in three co-edited books with Mark Selden: Living with the Bomb: American and Japanese Cultural Conflicts in the Nuclear Age (1997), Censoring History: Citizenship and Memory in Japan, Germany, and the United States (2000), and Islands of Discontent: Okinawan Responses to American and Japanese Power (2003).
Stefan Henning (Ph.D. University of Michigan) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology. Areas of Interest: 20th Century Chinese History, Anthropology of Muslim Societies, Religious Activism, Friedrich Nietzsche. After my degree from the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan, I moved to England for a three-year postdoctoral position in the Contemporary China Studies Program at the University of Oxford. I am working with Chinese-speaking Muslim activists in Beijing and in northwestern China to study education reform at Muslim schools, translation, and the publication of Muslim periodicals from the nineteen- nineties to the present. Currently I am studying a Chinese novelist who was one of the first Red Guards (in fact, he coined the term Red Guard), but then turned to Islam in the nineteen-eighties. I am bringing Nietzsche to the context of Muslims in China to study creating ethical meaning in an authoritarian state as politically relevant self-fashioning. I am coming to Northwestern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and will teach in my first year courses in Sociology and Anthropology.
Katherine E. Hoffman (Ph.D. Columbia University, 2000), Assistant Professor, Anthropology. Hoffman researches and teaches in the areas of linguistic and cultural anthropology, specializing in North Africa and particularly Morocco in the colonial and contemporary periods. She regularly offers undergraduate (Anth 215) and graduate (Anth 401-4) introductions to linguistic anthropology, as well as a regional ethnography course (Performance and Power in N. Africa and the Middle East - Anth 330), a discourse analysis course (Talk as Social Action - Anth 361), and other courses in methodology and expressive culture. Her research agenda focuses on Imazighen (Berbers) and other indigenous peoples, gender, language ideologies, rural-urban relations, migration, ethnomusicology, and French colonialism. Her book, entitled ‘We Share Walls': Language, Land, and Gender in Berber Morocco, is forthcoming with Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture.
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University), Assistant Professor, Political Science Her research interests include the politics of secularism, the cultural, legal and religious foundations of international order, and the Middle East in international politics. She also writes and lectures on contemporary politics in Turkey and Iran. Hurd is the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton, 2008) and Comparative Secularisms in a Global Age (Palgrave, 2010), co-edited with Linell Cady. Hurd is currently writing a book on religion and the politics of international law that analyzes the legal management of religion and religious difference at the international level. She is also working on two collaborative research projects: a comparative study of the state management of Islam in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, and a project on the politics of religious freedom. In 2010-2011 Hurd is a Visiting Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International & Regional Studies, and is on leave from Northwestern.
Hong Jiang (M.Ed, University of Cincinnati) Senior Lecturer in Chinese Language, African and Asian Languages. Hong began teaching Chinese in the Program of African and Asian Languages in 1994. Currently she is teaching first and second year Chinese. Her research interests focus on learner motivation and proficiency-oriented approach in foreign language instruction.
Sarah Jacoby (Ph.D. University of Virginia), Assistant Professor, Religion. Sarah Jacoby studies South Asian Religions with a specialization in Tibetan Buddhism. She received her B.A. from Yale University, majoring in women’s studies, and her M.A. and Ph.D. (2007) degrees from the University of Virginia’s Department of Religious Studies. She joined Northwestern University last year after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her research interests include Indo-Tibetan Buddhist doctrine and ritual in practice, gender studies, Tantric literature, autobiography studies, Buddhist revelation, Buddhism in contemporary Tibet, and Eastern Tibetan area studies. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Consorts and Revelation in Eastern Tibet: The Auto/biographical Writings of the Treasure Revealer Sera Khandro (1892-1940),” is an analysis of the biographical writings of the most prolific female author in Tibetan literature. Her dissertation explores the ways in which Sera Khandro represents her role as a revealer of Buddhist scriptures and artifacts (a gter ston) and as a consort in the nomadic highlands of early twentieth century Golok, Eastern Tibet. She is currently working on a book manuscript based on this research entitled Love Revelations: The Autobiography of a Tibetan Buddhist Ḍākinī. Other publications include a book she co-edited with Antonio Terrone entitled Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas (Brill, in press). She teaches courses including Introduction to Buddhism, Buddhism and Gender, Buddhist Biography, Goddess Traditions in South Asia, and Theory and Methods in the Study of Religion.
Fatima Khan Lecturer in Arabic, African and Asian Languages. Fatima Khan is a native of Chicago and completed her undergraduate in Economics from Northwestern University where she began her study of the Arabic language. After her BA, she worked as a consultant for Accenture until she decided to pursue further study of Arabic. She received her MA in Teaching Arabic As A Foreign language from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where she also taught Arabic. She currently teaches Beginning and Intermediate Arabic at Northwestern. She received the Hewlett Fund from the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and traveled to Yemen to study the Gulf Dialect and Media Arabic. Currently she is the coordinator for Intermediate Arabic and is working on a course book to help teach Media Arabic.
Rajeev K. Kinra (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2007), History. Kinra specializes in South Asian intellectual history, particularly in early modern north India. His research draws on several linguistic traditions (including Persian, Hindi-Urdu, and Sanskrit), and speaks to a number of related themes: literary and political culture; modes of cultural translation and religious dialogue; memory and historiography; literary periodization and canonicity; Orientalist constructions of the past; and the South Asian imperial imagination, from antiquity to the present. Many of these themes are explored in his dissertation, “Secretary-Poets in Mughal India and the Ethos of Persian: The Case of Chandar Bhan ‘Brahman’”, which examines the life, Persian writings, and cultural-historical milieu of the celebrated Mughal litterateur, Chandar Bhan ‘Brahman’—who rose from a provincial clerkship in seventeenth-century Punjab all the way to the rank of imperial Chief Secretary (mir munshi) during the reign of Emperor Shah Jahan (the famous builder of the Taj Mahal, r. 1628-58). Each chapter treats some facet of Chandar Bhan’s writings and related historical or literary materials as a focal point from which to address matters of more general concern for our understanding of the long trajectory of Indo-Persian literary culture and history. In addition to review articles and opinion pieces, his current publications include “The World the Mughals Made,” an instructional manual chapter for the Longman’s Anthology of World Literature (edited by Sheldon Pollock), and he has three articles in preparation: on Dara Shukoh’s eclectic 17th-century cultural circle; on the framework of literary-historical periodicity in the Mughal poetics of taza-gu’i (“speaking the fresh/new”); and on the deep history of virtue and ethics as articulated in Indo-Persian secretarial culture.
Bruce Knickerbocker Lecturer, African and Asian Languages. Knickerbocker teaches Chinese language, literature and culture in the Programs of African and Asian Languages, Comparative Literary Studies and Asian and Middle Eastern Studeis. His research interests encompass classical Chinese narrative and poetry, chuanqi and huaben, and the development of modern Chinese fiction and cinema, among other areas. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught all levels of language and literature in Taiwan, Tokyo, New York City, Madison, Bard College and Northwestern. The Northwestern student body elected him a place on the Associated Student Government Faculty Honor Roll for the years 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. A longtime member of the University of Wisconsin group that is translating Sima Qian’s monumental Shiji (The Grand Scribe’s Records), he is currently at work on a book analyzing the historiography and thought of the Shiji as well as on translations of that work.
Jacob Lassner (Ph.D. Yale, 1963), Philip M. & Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, History Lassner specializes in medieval Near Eastern History with an emphasis on urban structures, political culture and the background to Jewish-Muslim relations. He has held appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Rockefeller Institute (Bellagio), and the Oxford Postgraduate Centre for Hebrew Studies. He is the recipient of awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the American Council of Learned Societies-Social Science Research Council, and DHL (honoris causa) Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (2000). His most recent book is titled The Middle East Remembered: Forged Identities, Competing Narratives, Contested Spaces (2000).
Henri Lauzière (Ph.D. Georgetown, 2008) Assistant Professor, History. Lauzière received a B.A. in history from Université Laval in Quebec City and completed his M.A. in Vancouver, Canada, before obtaining his Ph.D. in modern Middle Eastern and North African history from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern University, he taught at Georgetown University and Princeton University. His main research interests are at the intersection of intellectual history and the history of religion, with a special emphasis on the development of Salafism as a religious orientation and a concept in the twentieth century. He is currently working on a book that examines the life and work of Taqi al-Din al-Hilali, whose sixty-five-year journey within Salafi circles brought him from Morocco to the Arabian Peninsula, and all the way to India.
Eunmi Lee (MA Indiana), Senior Lecturer Korean, Program of African and Asian Languages In addition to her Master's in East Asian Studies, Lee has received a B.A. in English Literature and Language from Konkuk University in Seoul, attended Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, taught English, and worked for Reuters News Agency in Korea as an editorial assistant. Before inaugurating the Korean language program at Northwestern in 1994, Ms. Lee was an assistant instructor in Korean at Indiana University.
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William R. Leonard (Ph.D. Michigan, 1987), Associate Professor, Anthropology Leonard's research examines human biological adaptations to ecological and social stressors among living and prehistoric populations. This work has focused heavily on how human populations adapt to changes and variation in energy availability. His current research among pastoral populations of Siberia is exploring how these groups utilize physiological and genetic responses to adapt to the severe climatic and nutritional stresses they face. Additionally, this work is also examining how ongoing social, economic and ecological changes in Russia are influencing the health of their indigenous populations. Results of Dr. Leonard's research has recently appeared in American Journal of Human Biology.
Rob Linrothe (Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1992), Associate Professor, Art History.
He specializes in Esoteric Buddhist and Buddhist art of the Himalayas. He concentrates on the pre-modern sculpture and mural painting of Ladakh and Zangskar (Indian Himalayas) and the contemporary revival of monastic painting in Amdo (Qinghai China, northeastern cultural Tibet). From 2002 – 2004, Linrothe served as the inaugural curator of Himalayan art at the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art which opened to the public in October of 2004. During his tenure at RMA, Prof. Linrothe authored two catalogs to coincide with the museum’s opening exhibitions, and completed a third, Holy Madness: Portraits of Tantric Siddhas, in 2006.
Han Luo (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2011), Lecturer in Chinese, African and Asian Languages. Luo received a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education, with a specialization in the teaching of Chinese, from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, and a PhD in linguistics and applied linguistics from Beijing Foreign Studies University in 2007. Her research interests include foreign language anxiety, teaching Chinese as a foreign language, Chinese linguistics, cognitive linguistics, and second language acquisition.
Phyllis I. Lyons (Ph.D. Chicago, 1975), Associate Professor, African and Asian Languages and Comparative Literary Studies In the Comparative Literary Studies Program, Lyons teaches a three-quarter introduction to Japanese culture through its literature, from the eighth century to the present; and single-quarter courses on such topics as women in Japanese literature. She also teaches reading courses in Japanese at advanced levels. Lyons' area of specialization is modern Japanese fiction; she has published a study of the novelist Dazai Osamu (1909-1948), and is currently working on the novelist Tanizaki Jun'ichirÙ (1886-1965). Lyons is director of the International Studies Undergraduate Program, and chair of the University Study Abroad Committee.
Melissa Macauley (Ph.D. Berkeley, 1993), Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence. Macauley teaches Chinese history. She has published a book on eighteenth-century Chinese legal culture titled Social Power and Legal Culture: Litigation Masters in Late Imperial China. A recipient of Fulbright and NEH fellowships, she has also served as the An Wang Postdoctoral Fellow in Chinese Studies at Harvard and as a Senior Research Scholar at People's University in Beijing. She is currently writing a book titled Crime and Migration in the South China Seas, 1856-1945.
Jock McLane (Ph.D. London, 1961), Professor Emeritus, History McLane teaches courses on South Asia, including History 285 (Introduction to Indian Civilization) and History 385 (Modern India). He has lived and traveled extensively in India, and also in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. He has published books on pre-Gandhian Indian nationalism and agrarian social change in eastern India in the 18th and l9th centuries. His current research focuses on how Hindu nationalists employ cultural differences in forming national identities.
Ragy H Ibrahim Mikhaeel (MSc., African Studies, Cairo Univ., 1990; MRes, York Univ.(UK), 1997; MPs, Cornell University, 2009), Lecturer in Arabic, African and Asian Languages. Ragy is a native of Cairo，Egypt. He taught Arabic at Cornell University, Ithaca College, and Hobart and William Smith College before coming to NU. He is the author of Barron’s Learn Arabic: the Fast and Fun Way, which focused on the Egyptian spoken dialect, and has worked on several curriculum development projects, including the preparation of an Egyptian dialect version of Munther Younses's Living Arabic textbook. He is now preparing teaching materials to assist Islamic history and Arabic literature students in reading Arabic-language manuscripts. Ragy worked as a journalist for Al-Ahram Weekly Newspaper (Cairo, Egypt)from 1993 - 2002. His articles covered a wide array of subjects, including indigenous knowledge and art, pollution and the environment, politics, Sinai's Bedouin heritage, and popular science. Much of his reporting focused on women's roles in academe and social and environmental causes, with a particular focus on the activism of Bedouin women. Some of his writing can be accessed at the following links: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2000/485/tr1.htm and
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2000/507/tr3.htm Reflecting his longstanding interest in environmental issues, his Cornell Master of Professional Studies thesis examines the history of modern Egyptian environmental laws, regulations, and institutions.
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Hamid Naficy (Ph.D.Critical Studies of Film and Television, UCLA). Hamid Naficy is Professor of Radio-Television-Film and the Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Professor in Communication at Northwestern University, where he also has a courtesy appointment in the Department of Art History and an affiliated appointment with the Interdisciplinary PhD program in Theatre and Drama. He is a leading authority in cultural studies of diaspora, exile, and postcolonial cinemas and media and in Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas. His areas of research and teaching include these topics as well as documentary and ethnographic cinemas. Naficy has published extensively on these and allied topics. His English language books are: An Accented Cinema: Exilic and Diasporic Filmmaking (Princeton University Press), Home, Exile, Homeland: Film, Media, and the Politics of Place (edited, Routledge), The Making of Exile Cultures: Iranian Television in Los Angeles (University of Minnesota Press), Otherness and the Media: the Ethnography of the Imagined and the Imaged (co-edited, Harwood Academic), and Iran Media Index (Greenwood Press). His forthcoming work is the four-volume book, Cinema, Modernity, and National Identity: A Social History of a Century of Iranian Cinema (Duke University Press). He has also published extensively in Persian, including a two-volume book on the documentary cinema theory and history, Film-e Mostanad (Entesharate-e Daneshgah-e Azad-e Iran). He has lectured widely internationally and his works have been cited and reprinted extensively and translated into many languages, including French, German, Turkish, Italian, and Persian.
Rami Nair (Ph.D. Northwestern, 1998), Senior Lecturer, Program of African and Asian Languages Nair received her Masters in Applied Linguistics at the University of Warsaw, Poland and completed her PhD in Linguistics at Northwestern University (on syllable structure and the special status of words edges). She teaches two sections of Introductory Hindi (Hindi I) and one section of Lower Intermediate Hindi (Hindi II) in the Program of African and Asian Languages.
Wendy Pearlman (PhD, Harvard University) Assistant Professor, Political Science. Wendy Pearlman is the Crown Junior Chair in Middle East Studies. She specializes in the comparative politics of the Middle East, with a particular interest in political dynamics in weak states and non-state entities. Her past work has focused on conflict processes, social movements, and the theory and practice of nationalism. She is currently revising a book manuscript that examines nearly 100 years in the history of the Palestinian national movement as an exploration of how a self-determination movement's internal cohesion or fragmentation affects its strategy. Her new research turns to Lebanon and other Levant societies to evaluate how emigration affects patterns of politics in the countries that migrants leave behind. Wendy has studied or conducted research in Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She has held fellowships sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and the U.S. Institute of Peace. She is the author of "Occupied Voices: Stories of Everyday Life from the Second Intifada" (Nation Books, 2003).
Carl F. Petry (Ph.D. Michigan, 1974), Professor and C. D. McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, History. A specialist in Middle Eastern history, Petry currently offers 270, Introduction to pre-modern Islamic History, 370, a three-quarter sequence surveying the Middle East during the Islamic period (550-present), 371 (Islamic Institutions)and 274 (Ancient Egypt). He also offers seminars on such subjects as the Arab-Israeli conflict, revolutionary Egypt under Nasser and Sadat, and gender relations in pre-modern Muslim societies. He has published articles examining immigration to Egypt during the 15th century and books focusing on the social organization of the 'culama' class (civilian/literary elite) of Cairo during the later Middle Ages, the political economy of medieval Egypt and biographies of the last Egyptian sultans before the Ottoman conquest of 1517. He has edited the first volume of the Cambridge History of Egypt, 640-1517, and is currently preparing a study of crime and criminal prosecution in medieval Egypt and Syria.
Nasrin Qader (Ph.D. Wisconsin, 1999), Assistant Professor, French and Comparative Literature. Qader teaches survey courses in African literature (Francophone, Anglophone and Arabic) and special topic courses on literature of the Islamic world; literature and gender; and literature and philosophy. Her research and publications focus primarily on the intersections between philosophy and literature in Francophone and Arabic literatures of Africa. She is currently working on a book project entitled Narratives of Catastrophe in Francophone African Fiction.
Elie Rekhess (Ph.D. Tel Aviv University) Visiting Crown Professor of Middle East Studies. Dr. Rekhess who is one of Israel's leading experts on the Arab minority in Israel, Jewish-Arab relations, Palestinian politics, and the Islamic resurgence in the West Bank and Gaza, teaches courses on modern Israel and the Middle East at Northwestern each year, usually in the spring quarter. He also serves as Senior Research Fellow in the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies Tel Aviv University, as the head of its Program on Jewish-Arab Cooperation in Israel sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, and on the faculty of its Department of Middle Eastern History.
He is the author of, most recently, Islamic Fundamentalism in Israel, and co-editor of two forthcoming volumes: The Municipal Elections in the Arab and Druze Sector (2003): Clans, Sectarianism and Political Parties, and The Arabs in Israel: A National Minority in a Jewish Nation State. His other publications include, The Arab Minority in Israel: Between Communism and Arab Nationalism (1993); three edited volumes, The Arabs in Israeli Politics: Dilemmas of Identity (1998); Arab Politics in Israel at a Crossroads (1996); The Arab Minority in Israel: Dilemmas of Political Orientation and Social Change (1994); and numerous shorter studies.
Dr. Rekhess has held a variety of significant advisory posts, including Senior Consultant on Arab Minority Affairs to the Prime Minister's Office (1993-1994); Senior Consultant on Arab Affairs to the Histadrut Labor Organization (1994); Senior Consultant to the Abraham Fund for the Enhancement of Jewish-Arab Coexistence (1994 to date); and Member of the Board of 'Sikkuy', the Association for the Advancement of Equal Opportunities (1993 to date). A regular public lecturer and television commentator on Arab issues in Israel and the territories, he served as a strategic advisor to Ehud Barak during his election campaign (1999) and as an advisor to Science Minister Matan Vilna'i, Chairman of the Ministerial Committee on the Arabs in Israel (1999-2000).
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Junko Sato (MS Ed Massachusetts-Amherst), Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Program of African and Asian Languages. Sato taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst as a teaching assistant for six years before coming to Northwestern in academic year '96-97. Her scholarly work is focused on second-language acquisition and curricular development following proficiency-oriented pedagogical principles.
Rüdiger Seesemann (Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, University of Mainz (Germany), 1993) Assistant Professor of Religion. His major fields of specialization are Islamic Mysticism, Islam and Modernity, Islam and Politics, Islamism, and Islamic Education, with a focus on the contemporary period and a regional emphasis on Africa South of the Sahara. He has published a book and several articles on Sufi orders in West Africa. Other published works examine the trajectories of Islamism in the Sudan and elsewhere in Africa. As a collaborator of Northwestern's Institute for the Study of Islamic Thought in Africa, Seesemann coordinates research on the Tijani corpus of Islamic literature and participates in a project studying popular religious books and videos in Sub-Saharan Africa. His course offerings include: Introduction to Islam, The Qur'an, Islam and the Clash of Civilizations, Islamic Political Thought, and Muslim Saints.
Victor Shih (Ph. D. Harvard) Assistant Professor, Political Science. Professor Shih is interested in political economy in developing countries broadly and how politics affect economic outcomes in China specifically. His dissertation, which is currently a book manuscript, concerns the impact of factional politics on Chinese monetary and banking policies. His current research examines how China$B!G(B s authoritarian politics affect taxation policies and fiscal transfers. He also has on-going projects on the performance of Chinese banks, signaling in elite politics, and elite selection in China.
Yumi Shiojima (MS Ed Univ. of Pennsylvania), Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Japanese, Program of African and Asian Languages. Shiojima has been teaching at Northwestern since 1996. She has extensive experience in both classroom teaching and the coordination of instruction, both in the U.S. and Japan--including at Rhodes College, the Japanese School at Middlebury College and the Summer Intensive Program at the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone. Shiojima is a Fellow at the International Studies Residential College. Her scholarly interests include second language writing instruction, study abroad, and teacher development. Shiojima has developed and taught courses at all four year-levels in the Japanese Language Program. Intrigued by the notion of "Learning Across the Curriculum," she is currently developing courses on Japanese Writing for Academic Purposes, Functional Writing and Japanese through the Media.
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Amy Stanley (Ph.D. Harvard, 2007), Assistant Professor, History. Stanley specializes in the history of early modern Japan. She is particularly interested in women’s history, the history of gangsters and the underworld, and the formation of social policy in early modern cities and towns. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Japan Foundation, and the Whiting Foundation, and she has studied at Kansai University in Osaka and Waseda University in Tokyo. Her dissertation, which she is currently revising for publication, explores official and popular attitudes toward the sex trade in provincial Japan between 1600 and 1868. Other recent work includes an article on adultery and punishment in Tokugawa Japan and research on education for geisha during the Meiji period.
Kristen Stilt (Ph.D. Harvard University, 2004) is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at Northwestern and holds a joint appointment in the History Department. Her areas of focus are Islamic law and socio-legal history of the Islamic world. She is particularly interested in how social, political, and economic circumstances influenced legal interpretation. She has received grants from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Mellon Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Carnegie Corporation. Her book manuscript derived from her dissertation, entitled Law and Order in Medieval Cairo, is currently under revision for publication. Her dissertation was awarded the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, by the Middle East Studies Association.
Dr. Jili Sun (Ph.D. University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III)) African and Asian Languages, received her B.A. in French literature in Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in P.R. China (previous Guangzhou Institute of Foreign Languages). She received her Maîtrise in Teaching French as Foreign Language in University Jussieu (Paris VII) and her M.A. (DEA) of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy at University of Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) - thesis title: "Comparison of Narrative Cohesion in French and in Chinese in the Case of first and second Languages". Dr. Sun received a Ph.D in linguistics with honors in 2006 at University Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III) - thesis title: "The Acquisition of Temporality (tense and aspect) by Chinese Learners of French as second language and by French Learners of Chinese as second language". She conducts research in second language acquisition and pedagogy, interaction between language and culture, and analysis of narration. She is also interested in religious studies and has received a DEUG degree in studies of Christianity in Institute Catholic of Paris.
Antonio Terrone (Visiting Assistant Professor, Religion). Antonio Terrone has lived and studied in several Asian countries including India, Nepal and the People's Republic of China, both mainland and Tibet. He specializes in Chinese, Tibetan, and Himalayan religions and cultures with a focus on Tibetan Buddhism. His present work centers on rituals and practice within noncelibate Buddhist Tantric communities of present-day Tibet in the People’s Republic of China. He received his M.A. degree from the Department of Asian Studies of the Oriental Institute of Napoli University (Istituto Universitario “L’Orientale,” Italy) in 1997 with a major in Chinese and Tibetan studies and a minor in Japanese studies. and his doctoral degree (February 2010) in Tibetan Buddhism from Leiden University in the Netherlands. He joined Northwestern University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2009 after completing a one-year position as “scholar in residence” at the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC) in New York. He also taught at the Eugene Lang College of the New School for Liberal Arts in New York where he offered courses in Tibetan language and seminars on Asian cultures and religions including Buddhism, Asian Shamanism, and Himalayan cultures. In the Spring 2010 he offered two courses in Advanced Tibetan for the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His recent publications include Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Tantric Practices and their Performers in Tibet and the Himalayas (Brill, 2009), co-edited with Sarah Jacoby and “Tibetan Buddhism Beyond the Monastery: Revelation and Identity in rNying ma Communities of Present-day Kham,” in Monica Esposito (ed.), Images of Tibet in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Paris, École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), Coll. «Études thématiques» (22.2), 2008. His teaching interests include Tibetan Religions, Buddhism and Politics in the Modern Era, Religions and Cultures of the Himalayas, Hinduism, and Religion in the People’s Republic of China.
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Lynn Whitcomb (Ph.D. Northwestern, 2001), Lecturer, African and Asian Languages. Whitcomb recently completed her Ph.D. in Linguistics, writing on the treatment of language variation in Arabic foreign language teaching, a topic which arose from her experiences studying Arabic both here and in Cairo (Arabic Language Institute, Center for Arabic Studies Abroad.) Her scholarly work focuses on developing and evaluating more effective ways to intergrate communicative competence- and proficiency-based approaches into foreign language teaching. Whitcomb teaches three levels of Arabic classes for the program of African and Asian Languages, concentrating primarily on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA), but also providing basic exposure to several other varieties along the continuum of Arabic language types. One of her current projects in curricular development works toward the inclusion of more authentic newspaper texts in Arabic language courses at all levels.
Judith Wilks (Ph.D. University of Chicago), African and Asian Languages. Professor Wilks completed her doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, having earlier earned a M.A. and a B.A. from the same institution. She has been teaching Persian and sometimes Turkish at Northwestern since 2003. Presently she teaches elementary and intermediate classes of Persian and also occasionally offers independent study classes on specialized topics. Her own scholarly interests include oral heroic traditions of the Middle East and Central Asia, classical Persian and Ottoman literature (especially mystical poetry), folk tales, and dialect differences between standard Persian, Afghan Dari, and Tajik. Professor Wilks has published translations of short stories and poetry in both Persian and Tajik.
Jessica Winegar (Ph.D., New York University), Assistant Professor, Anthropology. Winegar’s research interests in the Middle East include cultural politics and culture industries, material and visual culture, nationalism, Islam, neoliberalism, social class, youth, and gender. She is the author of numerous articles on art and culture and the book Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2006). She is also a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthropology, dedicated to increasing the relevance, visibility, and application of anthropological perspectives on the region.
Jane Winston (Ph.D. Duke), Assistant Professor, French. Winston is the author of Postcolonial Duras: Cultural Memory in Postwar France (Palgrave, 2001) and Of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue (Palgrave, 2001). Her interests include contemporary theory, twentieth-century literary and cultural studies, and gender studies.
Jeffrey Winters (Ph.D. Yale University) Associate Professor. Professor Winters focuses his research and teaching in the areas of comparative and international political economy, comparative politics, state-capital relations, labor, human rights, and the politics of postcolonial states, particularly in Southeast Asia. He is also interested in international debt, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization. His central scholarly interest is in examining how power and wealth are concentrated in the hands of the few, and the effects this has on the many. His first book, "Power in Motion: Capital Mobility and the Indonesian State" (Cornell University Press, 1996), explores the highly undemocratic structural power of those who control the investment resources everyone else depends upon for their survival. With Jonathan Pincus, he co-edited "Reinventing the World Bank" (Cornell University Press, 2002). Both books were translated into Indonesian and published in Jakarta. He has also published two other books in Indonesian: in 1999, "Dosa-Dosa Politik Orde Baru" [Political Sins of Suharto's New Order], and, in 2004, "Orba Jatuh, Orba Bertahan?" [Indonesia's "New Order" Falls or Endures?]. Winters is currently working on the problem of oligarchy -- a study of the uninterrupted dominance of elites across all institutional forms and political contexts. The cases addressed include the United States, Russia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, and Mexico.
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Chunsheng Yang (Ph. D. The Ohio State University, 2011), Lecturer in Chinese, African and Asian Languages. Chunsheng received a Ph. D. in Chinese linguistics from The Ohio State University. His research interests include Chinese phonetics and phonology, second language [L2] acquisition (esp. the acquisition of second language prosody), Chinese sociolinguisitcs and sociophonetics, and applied linguistics. An experienced teacher of both English in China and Chinese in the USA, Chunsheng is also interested in language pedagogy. His dissertation, The Acquisition of Mandarin Prosody by American L2 Learners of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL), extends beyond the low-level tone production in L2 Mandarin to also examine prosodic phrasing, the pitch and duration patterns in L1 and L2 Mandarin, and how L2 tones interact with the prosodic phrasing in L2 speech.
Noriko Taira Yasohama (M.Ed. Massachusetts-Amherst), Distinguished Senior Lecturer, Japanese, Program of African and Asian Languages. Taira's s cholarly work focuses on the development of language teaching curriculum and materials based on proficiency-oriented principles, and on intercultural communication. Taira contributed to several chapters/sections of textbooks on Japanese language, English culture and intercultural communication. Taira was in a team of a CIC-sponsored computer-assisted materials development project and worked with professors at Purdue University and University of Michigan. Taira is a certified tester of Japanese Oral Proficiency Interview Test for the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
Ipek K. Yosmaoglu (Ph.D. Princeton, 2005). Yosmaoglu is a historian of the Ottoman Empire. Before joining the history faculty at Northwestern she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The rumors that she still supports the Badgers, however, are completely unsubstantiated. Her research is mainly focused on the final decades of Ottoman rule in Southeast Europe. She is currently working on a book manuscript titled "A World Undone: Religion, Violence and the Politics of Nationhood in Ottoman Macedonia."
Brook Ziporyn (Ph.D. Michigan), Associate Professor, Religion Ziporyn specializes in Taoism and Confucianism and has taught Buddhism and Chinese thought at the University of Michigan, Harvard University and the Chung-hwa Institute of Buddhist Studies in Taiwan. He has written several books such as: Being and Ambiguity: Philosophical Experiments with Tiantai Buddhism, Evil and/or/as the Good: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity, and Value Paradox in Tiantai Buddhist Thought, and The Penumbra Unbound: The Neo-Taoist Philosophy of Guo Xiang (Suny Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture). His most recent book, No Buddha but the Devil: Omnicentrism, Intersubjectivity and Value Paradox in Tiantai Thought was published with CEASP, Harvard University Press.
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