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Middle Eastern & North African Studies Program


Meet the faculty of the Middle Eastern and North African Studies Program. To request a speaker, please contact the faculty member via email.

Rachel Newcomb, PhD

Rachel Newcomb, PhD

Professor of Anthropology | Director, Middle East and North African Studies

Cornell Social Sciences Building – Office 106

T. 407.691.1703

BA, Davidson College
MA, Johns Hopkins University
MA, PhD, Princeton University

Courses: ANT255: Middle East Culture; ANT277: Women & Gender in MENA; ANT355: Middle Eastern Film; ANT377: Morocco: Culture and Society.

Sana Alaya Seghair, PhD

Sana Alaya Seghair, PhD

Assistant Professor of French | Director, Middle East and North African Studies

Hauck Hall - Office 106

T. 434.806.3412

DEUG. Institut Préparatoire aux Études Littéraires et Sciences Humaines de Tunis
MAÎTRISE École Normale Supérieure de Tunis
AGRÉGATION. École Normale Supérieure de Tunis and the University of Arts and Humanities of Manouba, Tunisia
PhD University of Virginia

Courses: Arabic 101, 102 & 201

Hannah Ewing, PhD

Hannah Ewing, PhD

Associate Professor of History

Cornell Social Sciences Building – Office 201

T. 407.646.2461

PhD Ohio State University

Courses: HIS125History of a City: Istanbul (was Constantinople); HIS335: Dark Ages? 300-800; HIS332: The Crusades; RCC: Ottoman History/Mysteries.

Todd French, PhD

Todd French, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion

French House – Office 204

T. 407.646.2139

BA Lipscomb University
MDiv Union Theological Seminary
ThM Princeton Theological Seminary
PhD Columbia University

Courses: REL219: Islam: History & Beliefs

Yudit K. Greenberg, PhD

Yudit K. Greenberg, PhD

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religious Studies | Director of Jewish Studies Program

French House – Office 205

T. 407.646.2176

BA California State University at Hayward
MA San Francisco State University
PhD Graduate Theological Union

Courses: REL125: Hebrew Bible (Old Testament); REL217: Jewish Life and Thought; REL223: Contemporary Jewish Literature and Film; REL228: Women and Religion; REL304: Jerusalem.

Hesham Mesbah, PhD

Hesham Mesbah, PhD

Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building - Office 152

T. 407.646.2384

BA, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
MA, American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
PhD, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Course: Middle East Media

Tahmina Rahman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building - Office 206

T. 407-646-2551

Course: Middle East Politics