Faculty

Janet Afary

Janet Afary holds the Mellichamp Chair in Global Religion and Modernity at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is a Professor of Religious Studies and Feminist Studies. She is a native of Iran and a historian of modern Iran. She has an MA in Linguistics from Tehran University and a PhD in History and Near East Studies from the University of Michigan, where her dissertation received the Distinguished Rackham Dissertation Award. <<MORE>>

Kevin B. Anderson

Kevin B. Anderson is a Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Political Science and Feminist Studies. He has written or edited nine books and forty articles or chapters in social and political theory, concentrating on Marx, Hegel, Marxist humanism, the Frankfurt School, Foucault, the Orientalism debate, and critical criminological theory.
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Aazam Feiz

Aazam Feiz teaches courses in Persian Language and Literature at UCSB.  She has a BA in English translation from Allameh University, an MA in  Linguistics from Modarres University in Tehran, and  a PhD in  Linguistics from the University of Florida, in Gainesville. Her  research focuses on Structures of Persian Language, Psycholinguistics,  and Second Language Acquisition. Her interest in the field of  Psycholinguistics is in language processing and subject-verb  agreement. Her current project in Second Language Acquisition is  developing materials for teaching Persian language.

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Juan Campo

Juan Campo is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has served as co-director of the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies and is currently director of the graduate program in Religious Studies. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Southern California and an M.A. and PhD from University of Chicago’s History of Religions Program.
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Adrienne Edgar

Adrienne Edgar is an associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999, she spent one year at Harvard University on a post-doctoral fellowship before taking up her current position. Edgar is the author of Tribal Nation: The Making of Soviet Turkmenistan (Princeton University Press, 2004), and a number of articles. Her current project is titled, “Marriage, Modernity, and the Friendship of Nations: Interethnic Marriage in Soviet Central Asia.”
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John Foran

John Foran is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also involved with the programs in Latin American and Iberian Studies, and Women, Culture, and Development. He was visiting professor of sociology and Latin American Studies at Smith College from 2000 to 2002, and Visiting Professor of Sociology at Goldsmith’s College, University of London, from 2009 to 2010.
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Mark Juergensmeyer

Mark Juergensmeyer is director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, Professor of sociology, and affiliate Professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is an expert on religious violence, conflict resolution and South Asian religion and politics, and has published more than two hundred articles and twenty books, including Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State (University of California Press 2008).
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John W.I. Lee

John Lee studies ancient Greece and West Asia, especially the Archaic-Classical Greek world and its relations with the Achaemenid Persian Empire. He is interested in the social and cultural aspects of ancient warfare as well as in the equipment, tactics, and logistics of ancient armies. My current research focuses on war and culture in the eastern Greek world from ca. 650-330 BCE.
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Bahram Osqueezadeh

Bahram Osqueezadeh teaches in the Music Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He completed his Masters (2001) in Composition and Technology at University of California Irvine and received his Ph.D. (2009) in Composition from University of California, Santa Barbara. His compositions range from chamber and orchestral music to electronic and computer generated works to purely Persian-music compositions. His recent works focus on multi-cultural music, with a particular emphasis on the cross-cultural compositions between Middle East and Western classical methods.
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Dwight Reynolds

Dwight Reynolds is a Professor in Religious Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His central interests include Arabic Language and Literature, Autobiography, Performance Studies, Oral and Musical Traditions of the Middle East, and Ethnographic Fieldwork Methodologies. His most recent book is Arab Folklore: A Handbook, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 2007.
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Adam Sabra

Adam Sabra  is a Professor in the History Department and King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud Chair in Islamic Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara.  His teaching and research focus on the Middle East, especially Egypt, in the medieval and early modern periods. He is particularly interested in the social and cultural history of Cairo. Having previously studied the poor of medieval Cairo, He is currently working on aristocratic families in the period 1500 – 1800. Other areas of interest include legal history and Islamic mysticism.
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Sherene Seikaly

Sherene Seikaly is a Professor in the History Department at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is a historian of capitalism, consumption, and development in the modern Middle East. The most enduring concern of her scholarly research has been to explore how individuals, groups, and governments deploy both concepts and material practices to shape economy, the body, the self, and the other. Her research on Palestinian businessmen; reformers of the domestic sphere; thinkers and scientists; and British colonial officers and institutions contributes to social, cultural, and intellectual history, political economy, cultural studies, and gender studies.
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Nancy Gallagher (Emeritus)

Nancy Gallagher is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She is currently serving as University of California Education Abroad Program Study Center Director for the Middle East, Based in Cairo. She will be teaching at the American University in Cairo for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. She will be teaching new courses on oral history and Egyptian Revolution and more standard courses on the history of the modern Middle East and women and gender in Muslim societies and conducting research related to these courses.
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Stephen Humphreys (Emeritus)

Stephen Humphreys is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of California at Santa Barbara. His teaching and research interests range broadly across Middle Eastern history from the rise of Islam down to the present. These interests include the formative period of Islam (ca. 600-900 CE), the ways in which Muslim peoples have defined themselves and their cultural identities through their historical writing, the medieval Mediterranean world, the Crusades (a distinctly European phenomenon which had a considerable impact in the eastern Mediterranean), the international relations of the Middle East in the 20th century, and contemporary Islamist movements.
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