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Faculty

For a list of affiliated faculty, see below.

For affiliated instructors, see below under "Affiliated Instructor".

Program Committee

For Program Committees of previous academic years, see Former Program Committees.

Smriti Srinivas
 
Smriti Srinivas
 Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies Program 
           Co-Director, Reimagining Indian Ocean Worlds Mellon Research Initiative 
           Professor, Anthropology

Office: 313 Young Hall
E-mail: 

Prof. Srinivas's current research interests include urban cultures, utopias, cultures of the body, religion, South Asia within a comparative context, and Indian Ocean worlds. Her most recent book is A Place for Utopia: Urban Designs from South Asia (2015).


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Ali Anooshahr
Associate Professor, History
Office: 3220 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
Email: 


Anooshahr teaches comparative pre-modern Islamic history with a special focus on Indo-Persian culture. He is the author of The Ghazi Sultans and the Frontiers of Islam: A Comparative Study of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods
 Suad Joseph
Suad Joseph, ME/SA Founding Director
Distinguished Professor, Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies
Founding Director, Middle East/South Asia Studies
 

Office: 220 Young Hall
E-mail: sjoseph@ucdavis.edu


Joseph's work focuses on the interface of gender, family, and state in the Middle East, especially in Lebanon. Her long list of publications includes the six volume Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, of which she was the general editor.


 
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Susan G. Miller
Professor, History
Office: 3219 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
E-mail: is a historian of modern North Africa and the Mediterranean, with a special interest in urban studies, minority studies, and most recently, in humanitarian relief and human rights. Her latest book is A History of Modern Morocco.


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Noha Radwan
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Office: 810 Sproul Hall
E-mail: nmradwan@ucdavis.edu


Radwan is a scholar of modern Arabic literature and the author of Egyptian Colloquial Poetry in the Modern Arabic Canon: New Readings of Shi'r al-'Ammiyya.
 
 

 
Sudipta Sen
Sudipta Sen
Professor, History
Office: 3228 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
E-mail:

Sen is a historian of late medieval and modern India, and the British Empire. His last book is A Distant Sovereignty: National Imperialism and the Origins of British-India.

 

 
             Flagg Miller              

Flagg Miller

        Professor, Religious Studies

Office: 916 Sproul Hall
Phone: 530-752-6255null530-752-6255
Email: wfmiller@ucdavis.edu

Trained as a linguistic anthropologist, Dr. Miller’s research focuses on cultures of modern Muslim reform in the Middle East and especially Yemen.  
Jocelyn Sharlet Jocelyn Sharlet
          Associate Professor, Comparative Literature

Office: 805 Sproul Hall
Email: jcsharlet@ucdavis.edu

Sharlet's research focuses mainly on classical Arabic and Persian literature, and she has also done research on Ottoman Turkish and modern Arabic and Persian literature.



 

Research Associate 

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Nicole Ranganath

             Research Associate, Middle East/South Asia Studies
Office: 152 Kerr Hall
E-mail: nranganath@ucdavis.edu

Dr. Ranganath’s research focuses on the history of the South Asian diaspora and digital history.  Ranganath is currently creating a digital history of the Punjabi farmers in the Central Valley.
                             

 

 


 

 Affiliated Instructor

           

            Magid Shihade                                                                                                                                                   


Magid Shihade

         
His research focuses on settler colonialism, decolonization, modernity, violence, identity, and the anthropology and politics of knowledge. His book, “Not Just a Soccer Game: Colonialism and Conflict among Palestinians in Israel,” was published in 2011 by Syracuse University Press. He has published several articles and book chapters about topics such as Ibn Khaldoun and alternative political theory and settler colonialism in Israel-Palestine.
 Wendy DeSouza




Wendy DeSouza

DeSouza's research focuses on the intersection between Orientalism, masculinity and sexuality in early twentieth-century Iranian writings. She is currently the PARSA CF Visiting Lecturer in Iranian Studies in the ME/SA Program.







Affiliated Faculty

Jamal Abedi 
Professor, School of Education
Afra Afsharipour 
Professor, School of Law
Ali Anooshahr
Associate Professor, History
David Biale
Emanuel Ringelblum Distinguished Professor, Jewish History
Anupam Chander
Professor, School of Law
Director of California International Law Center
Catherine Chin
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Elizabeth Constable
Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies
Diana Davis 
Associate Professor, History
Corrie Decker 
Assistant Professor, History
Omnia El Shakry
Associate Professor, History
Mark Elmore
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies
Naomi Janowitz
Professor, Religious Studies
Kevin Johnson
Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor, Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies
Suad Joseph, ME/SA Founding Director
Distinguished Professor, Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies
Sunaina Maira
Professor, Asian American Studies
Zeev Maoz
Distinguished Professor, Political Science
Flagg Miller
Professor, Religious Studies
Susan Miller
Professor, History
Noha Radwan
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Vaidehi Ramanathan
Professor, Linguistics
Lynn Roller
Professor, Art History
Parama Roy
Professor, English
Brenda Schildgen
Distinguished Professor, Comparative Literature
Jocelyn Sharlet
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Sudipta Sen
Professor, History
Smriti Srinivas
Professor, Anthropology
Teresa E. Steele
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Madhavi Sunder 
Professor, School of Law
Mairaj Syed 
Assistant Professor, Religious Studies 
Baki Tezcan
Associate Professor, History and Religious Studies
Archana Venkatesan
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature and Religious Studies
Heghnar Watenpaugh
Associate Professor, Art History
Keith Watenpaugh
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
Rana M. Jaleel
Assistant Professor, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies 
Talinn Grigor
Professor, Art History 
 
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