Lina Khatib leads the Arab Studies Table and is co-founder and Program Manager of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. She joined Stanford University in 2010 from the University of London where she was an Associate Professor. Her research is firmly interdisciplinary and focuses on the intersections of politics, media, and social factors in relation to the politics of the Middle East. She is also a consultant on Middle East politics and media and has published widely on topics such as new media and Islamism, US public diplomacy towards the Middle East, and political media and conflict in the Arab world, as well as on the political dynamics in Lebanon and Iran. Her website.
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History. He has taught Middle East history at Stanford University since 1983. From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo. His research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.Beinin has written or edited nine books, most recently Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa; co-edited with Frédéric Vairel (Stanford University Press, forthcoming, May 2011) and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010). His website.
Lisa Blaydes is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. She is the author of Elections and Distributive Politics in Mubarak’s Egypt (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Professor Blaydes received the 2009 Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in the field of comparative politics from the American Political Science Association for this project. Her articles have appeared in International Organization, Middle East Journal, and World Politics. During the 2008-9 and 2009-2010 academic years, Professor Blaydes was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She holds degrees in Political Science (PhD) from the University of California, Los Angeles and International Relations (BA, MA) from Johns Hopkins University. Her website.
Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he also directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and is professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant (and previously was co-director) at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002–3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy (2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion. His website.
Alexander Key is an assistant professor of Arabic and Comparative Literature. His interests range across the literary and intellectual history of the Arabic and Persian-speaking worlds from the seventh century, together with Western political thought and philosoph. He is a founding editor of New Middle Eastern Studies, where he has edited articles on femininity in 1920s Lebanon, and women Muslim leaders in Central Asia. Alexander is currently working on two books. One is a philological study of the tenth/eleventh century litterateur and polymath Ragib al-Isfahani that will include the first ever edition of Ragib's poetics. The second is a study of the Arabic philosophy of language that dominated mediaeval Middle Eastern intellectual history, that was obsessed with linguistic ambiguity, and that manipulated polysemy to explain texts and create eloquence. His website.
Lynn Meskell's current research and teaching interests include a broad range of fields, including ethnography in South African, Egyptian archaeology, identity and sociopolitics, gender and feminism, and heritage ethics. Lynn views contemporary archaeology as an anthropology of the past, a contextual and nuanced engagement with ancient culture that mirrors the ethnographic project. Her fieldwork has examined the constructs of natural and cultural heritage and the related discourses of empowerment around the Kruger National Park, ten years after democracy in South Africa. Another field project is focused on the social constitution of the figurine worlds at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Her new research focuses on the role of UNESCO in terms of heritage rights, sovereignty and international politics. Her website.
Abbas Milani is the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University and a Professor (by courtesy) in Division of International, Comparative, and Area Studies. He has been one of the founding co-directors of the Iran Democracy Project and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. His expertise is U.S.-Iran relations as well as Iranian cultural, political, and security issues. Till 1986, he taught at Tehran University’s Faculty of Law and Political Science, where he was also a member of the Board of Directors of the university’s Center for International Relations. After moving to the United States, he was for fourteen years the Chair of the Political Science Department at the Notre Dame de Namur University. For eight years, he was a visiting Research Fellow in University of California, Berkeley’s Middle East Center. His website.
Ramzi Salti earned his Doctorate in Comparative Literature (Arabic/French/English) in 1997 and has been a Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford since 1998. He is currently working on a sequel to his collection of short stories The Native Informant and Other Stories (1994, Lynne Rienner Pubs) as well as authoring his own blog 'Arabology: Cultural Productions from/about the Arab World.' Dr. Salti also hosts a weekly radio program titled 'Arabology' which airs live on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM on Thursdays from 3-5 pm.
Marie-Pierre Ulloua is the Executive Officer for International Programs at the Stanford Humanities Center. A native of France, she was previously the Executive Director of the Center on the Middle East and the Mediterranean at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris. Prior to that, she was the Associate Director of the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and the Associate Director of the Mediterranean Studies Forum at Stanford. She is the author of Francis Jeanson, a Dissident Intellectual from the French Resistance to the Algerian War, based on extensive new archival materials, published by Stanford University Press in 2008. Her website.