Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Interim Director

Valerie Hoffman

Behrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi, Interim Director of CSAMES, is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and Department of Sociology. Dr. Ghamari-Tabrizi studies social movements and intellectual articulations of Islamic conceptions of modernity. His teaching interests include transnational and global histories, contemporary histories of the Middle East, Islam and modernity, revolution, social theory, social movements, and politics and power.



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.

Linda Bauer, Office Support Associate

Linda Bauer

Linda Bauer completed her MA and BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado. She has experience in teaching, public relations, technology, and project management.