Core Faculty

Omar Bard MESOmar Cheta
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Historical Studies Phone: 845-758-6265
Email: ocheta@bard.edu

At Bard since 2013, Omar Cheta is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Historical Studies in the Division of Social Studies. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at New York University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History. He holds an A.M. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo. Omar’s primary teaching interests are the Modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire with an emphasis on colonialism, capitalism, social movements, sovereignty, human rights and historiography. His current research focuses on the intersection of modern law and economy in Egypt and the Ottoman Empire during the 19th century. Book reviews published in Arab Studies Journal and New Middle Eastern Studies . Book chapter forthcoming in New Approaches to Egyptian Legal History . In 2012-13 he was the recipient of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities and an Honorary Graduate Research Fellowship from the Humanities Initiative at NYU.

IrfanaIrfana M. Hashmi
Visiting Instructor in Religion
Phone: 845-758-7384
Email: ihashmi@bard.edu

Irfana M. Hashmi is a doctoral candidate in the Joint Program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University. Her research interests include classical Islamic intellectual history, early modern social and cultural history of the Ottoman empire (focus on the Arab provinces), the transmission of knowledge and scholarly elites, law and society, urban studies, and ethnic identity. Research for her dissertation, titled “Religion, Ethnicity, and the Economy of Space: Locating al-Azhar in Ottoman Egypt,” was supported by the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, Dolores Zohrab Liebmann, American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and Dean’s Dissertation (NYU) Fellowships. The project reconstructs economic and ethnic fault-lines among the motley residents of the second oldest center of Islamic learning, al-Azhar, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It presents a textured portrait of the religious, social, and cultural lives of early-modern Muslim scholarly elites, connecting the intellectual paths of pre-modern Islamic thinkers with the everyday backgrounds and worlds that they inhabited. Irfana received a B.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English and American Literature from Hunter College, and an M.A. and M.Phil. in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from NYU.

Elizabeth M. Holt
Assistant Professor of Arabic
Phone: 845-758-7676
E-mail: holt@bard.edu

At Bard since 2008, Elizabeth Holt is Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Division of Languages and Literature.  Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.  Her teaching interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Arabic literature (especially the novel), the Arabic language, world literature and the CIA, Arab women writers, Arab intellectual thought, popular storytelling (especially A Thousand and One Nights), translation, and Orientalism.  A former Fulbright scholar, Elizabeth’s current book project looks at the intersection of speculation in the silk and cotton industries with the history of the serialized Arabic novel in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Beirut, Alexandria and Cairo.  Elizabeth is in the midst of a second book project on the Congress for Cultural Freedom — a CIA founded and funded cultural organization of the Cold War — and their Arabic journal Hiwar (1962-67).  Articles, book chapters and reviews published or forthcoming in Comparative Literature; Middle Eastern Literatures; Teaching Arabic Literature; Journal of Arabic Literature; Arabic Literary Thresholds; Arab Studies Journal; and Dialectical Anthropology.  Contributing translator to the MLA anthology The Arab Renaissance: Anthology of Nahda Thought, Literature, and Language.   Elizabeth also serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature.  During her fall 2011 sabbatical, Elizabeth was affiliated with the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies at the American University of Beirut, and in the spring of 2012 was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt (Cairo).

Amir MoosaviAmir Moosavi
Visiting Instructor in Arabic
Phone: 845-758-7506
Email: amoosavi@bard.edu

Amir Moosavi is currently completing his PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at NYU. He holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from NYU and a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Broadly speaking, his interests include the development of the novel in modern Arabic and Persian literatures, war and cultural production, the “world literature debate” and language pedagogy. In the 2012-13 academic year he was a Fulbright-Hays fellow conducting research for his dissertation in Jordan, the UK and the Netherlands. Prior to teaching at Bard he spent time teaching or researching in Egypt, Iran, Lebanon and Syria and taught Arabic and/or Persian languages and literatures at NYU, Hunter College and Cooper Union.

Dina Ramadan
Assistant Professor of Arabic
Phone: 845-758-7506
E-mail: dramadan@bard.edu


At Bard since 2010, Dina Ramadan is Assistant Professor of Arabic in the Division of Languages and Literature. Dina holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from the American University in Cairo.  Her teaching interests include twentieth-century Arabic literature, the Arabic language, Middle Eastern cultural production (particularly film and visual arts), Arab intellectual thought, nationalism and postcolonial theory. Dina’s current book project focuses on the development of the category of modern art and the relationship between education and artistic production in early twentieth-century Egypt. Articles, book chapters and reviews published or forthcoming in Arab Studies Journal, Art Journal, Journal of Visual Culture, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin and others. She is a senior editor of Arab Studies Journal and the guest editor of the Spring 2010 themed issued on the visual arts. She is a founding member of the Association for Modern and Contemporary Art of the Arab world, Iran, and Turkey (AMCA). For the academic year 2013-14 she will be an EUME fellow at the Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien.

Sophia_WebsiteSophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Phone: 845-758-7201
E-mail: sstamato@bard.edu

Trained in Columbia University’s Anthropology department and at the University of Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre, Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins joined Bard in 2013. Her research has been awarded funding by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Columbia University and the Palestinian American Research Council. Based on over two years of fieldwork in the West Bank, her current book project focuses on the intersections of garbage, sewage and waste markets with the changing nature of local governance and occupation in post-Oslo Palestine. Her publications include pieces in The Jerusalem Quarterly , Anthropology News , The New Centennial Review , and the Refugee Studies Centre Working Paper Series at the University of Oxford. Her teaching interests include the anthropology of the modern Middle East, colonialism and post-colonial theory, nationalism, the anthropology of the state, infrastructure, environmental governance and scientific and social practices that make and manage waste.


Affiliated Faculty

Susan L. Aberth
Chair of the Art History Department, Associate Professor of Latin American Art
Phone: 845-758-6822 x7126
E-mail: aberth@bard.edu

In addition to numerous courses on Latin
America, Susan also teaches “Survey of Islamic Art” and “Survey of African Art,”
which contains Islamic content.

Joel Perlmann
Levy Institute Research Professor; Senior Scholar, Levy Economics Institute
Phone: 845-758-7726
E-mail: perlmann@bard.edu

Joel Perlmann has published extensively on ethnicity and social structure in the United States (e.g.: Ethnic Differences, Cambridge University Press, 1988; Italians then, Mexicans now, Russell Sage Foundation and Levy Institute, 2005) and on the use of race and ethnic classification schemes, past and present (e.g.: as co-editor of The New Race Question, Russell Sage Foundation and Levy Institute, 2002).     He has also studied aspects of Jewish and Israeli history and sociology (e.g.: his working papers at the Levy Institute website).    He has recently co-authored a review article for an Ethical Perspectives “Debate on Chaim Gans’s  A Just Zionism” and prepared an online dataset on the Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza Strip at the commencement of the Israeli occupation (1967), based on a little-known census undertaken at the time by the Israeli authorities (available on the Levy Institute website and produced in part with help volunteered by Bard students).

Karen Sullivan
Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature; Director of Medieval Studies Program
Phone: 845-758-7571
E-mail: sullivan@bard.edu

Karen Sullivan has published three books–”The Inner Lives of Medieval Inquisitors” (University of Chicago Press, 2011); “Truth and the Heretic: Crises of Knowledge in Medieval French Literature” (University of Chicago Press, 2005); and “The Interrogation of Joan of Arc” (University of Minnesota Press, 1999)–as well as numerous articles on medieval French and Occitan literature and history. She is currently writing a book called “The Danger of Romance,” about the perceived perils of reading Arthurian literature. In addition to courses on medieval and Renaissance comparative literature, she teaches “The Literature of the Crusades,” “Persia and the Western Imaginary,” and “Byzantium.”

James KeKetterer-2.25x3[1]tterer
Director, International Academic Initiatives, Center for Civic Engagement & Senior Fellow, Institute for International Liberal Education, Political Studies and the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program faculty
Phone: 845-752-4538
Email: jkettere@bard.edu

James Ketterer teaches international and comparative politics with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. He has worked in government, academia and international development.  He previously served in Egypt as country director for Amideast, a nonprofit educational and cultural organization linking the United States and Egypt. Has also served as vice chancellor for policy and planning and deputy provost for the State University of New York; as lead staffer for the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education (New York) and as director of SUNY’s Center for International Development. In government he served on the Near East staff at the National Security Council at the White House and as a policy analyst for the New York State Senate. Author of numerous articles and book chapters on international and comparative politics in publications including Middle East Report, Journal of Legislative Studies, Journal of Politics, Washington Post. Awards and fellowships include: Boren Fellow in Morocco; Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Tunisia; American Institute of Maghrib Studies Fellowship; Maryland Senatorial Fellowship; State Department Fellow, White House; and others. International missions and consultancies for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations Development Program, U.S. Agency for International Development. Ketterer is currently working on a study on the diplomacy of international student mobility between the U.S. and Egypt, supported by the Center on Public Diplomacy of the University of Southern California.