Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Director

Valerie Hoffman

Hadi Esfahani, Director of CSAMES, is a Professor of Economics and Business Administration. Dr. Esfahani is a distinguished scholar and educator in economics with a long and successful career at Illinois. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in the political economy of development; the role of country institutions in the formation and reform of fiscal, trade, and regulatory policies, especially in the Middle East region. He has been a consultant to the World Bank on regulation in developing countries. He was previously CSAMES director from 2009 to 2011.





Angela Williams, Associate Director

Angela Williams Associate Director

Angela Williams began working at CSAMES as the Outreach Coordinator in 2008. She completed her MA and BA in Linguistics from the University of Illinois, and has studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. Her research has focused on hip hop music and culture in the Arab world, specifically in Egypt. She has taught Arabic at Parkland College in Champaign. Angela is currently working toward a doctorate in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, in the Division of Global Studies in Education, focusing on the intersections of popular culture, education policy, gender, race and global studies. Her dissertation will explore the lived experiences of Arab female rap artists and their implications on education policy.