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 is the Associate Director at the Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she has worked on educational programs related to the Middle East and South Asia for campus and community audiences for the past ten years. She completed her MA and BA in Linguistics at Illinois, and studied Arabic at the Arabic Language Institute at the American University in Cairo. She recently completed her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies. Her dissertation is titled “(W)raps of Consciousness: Articulating Women’s Rights through Hip Hop in the Middle East and North Africa Region.”  She teaches on the representations of women and popular culture in the MENA region.



Terri Gitler, Office Support Specialist

Terri Gitler

Terri Gitler has a Master's degree in British and American literature. She has worked for many years in the publishing field as a copyeditor, project coordinator, and executive manager.