Staff

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.

 

 

 

Sonal Mithal, Design Intern

Sonal

Sonal Mithal holds a Ph.D. in Landscape Architecture at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She received an undergraduate degree in architecture and a master’s degree in architectural conservation. She studies management strategies for historical landscapes with special focus on the interface between landscape design and international heritage policies. She is founder of conservation firm, People for Heritage Concern, which works on the management and design of heritage sites. She has taught a design studio in Landscape Architecture at UIUC that focused on design sensibilities for an interactive user experience at heritage landscapes, based on archival research and human movement. She has conducted cross-disciplinary workshops with performance and visual artists in India and US, to explore the significance of body as a medium to understand heritage landscapes. Currently, she is working on an artistic project of making palimpsestic paintings, which combines different kinds of archival research such as texts, maps, newspaper cuttings, anecdotes, and photographs into unified stratigraphic illustrations. ompleted her MA and BA in English from the University of Northern Colorado. She has experience in teaching, public relations, technology, and project management.