Faculty Members

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AghaGul Agha

Professor, Department of Computer Science. Dr. Agha's research interests involve developing new abstractions for building open distributed systems and reasoning about their behavior. He is also involved in developing Sindhi Language instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.




AhmadIrfan Ahmad

Executive Director, University of Illinois Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology; and Research Faculty at the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Resident Faculty at the Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory. He also is the co-Site and Innovation Director for the NSF I/UCRC- Center for Advanced Research in Drying. Dr. Ahmad is working at the confluence of bio- and nano technologies, with research and development of biosensors for agriculture, food, and biomedical applications. He also facilitates cross campus multidisciplinary research, industry and government partnerships for overarching national and global challenges, and manages research, education and training platforms. He has served as a consultant on higher education to international academic institutions, and to international organizations and multinational corporations.



AhujaNarendra Ahuja

Research Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Beckman Institute, and Coordinated Science Laboratory at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Ahuja's research interests include computer vision, robotics, image processing, and artificial intelligence.




AliTariq Ali

Assistant Professor of History. Tariq completed his dissertation titled "The Envelope of Global Trade: Political Economy and Intellectual History of Jute in the Bengal Delta, the 1850s to the 1950s" at Harvard University in August 2012. In his dissertation and current manuscript project, Tariq explores how the Bengal delta's integration into global circuits of commodity and capital shaped local economic, political and intellectual histories as well as how economic lives, social and cultural formations, and political processes in the delta were informed and influenced by the cultivation and trade of jute. Alongside his work on jute in east Bengal during the colonial period, Tariq is also working on the history of rural development in post-colonial Pakistan.

He is interested in how the discourse and practice of rural development and agrarian modernization informed processes of nation and state formation in post-colonial East Pakistan between 1947 and 1971.Tariq teaches courses in South Asian history, agrarian and peasant histories, and histories of capitalism and commodities.


AliImad L. Al-Qadi

Professor Imad Al-Qadi is Founder Professor of Engineering and Director of the Advanced Transportation Research and Engineering Laboratory (ATREL) and the Illinois Center for Transportation (ICT) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as an instructor and research engineer at Penn State University from 1988 to 1990. He was a member of the faculty of Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech from 1990 to 2004. By 1998, he had been promoted to full professor, and by 2002, he was named the Charles E. Via Jr. Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Al-Qadi holds a B.S. (1984) from Yarmouk University and M.Eng. (1986) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Penn State University, all in civil engineering. Read more . . .





Arends-HuenningMary Arends-Kuenning

Mary Arends-Kuenning is Interim Director of the Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois. She is an economic demographer who focuses on household decisions. Her research areas include children's schooling and child labor, household consumption, and international migration. She began doing research on Brazil in 1992 as part of her dissertation at the University of Michigan. Her work on Brazil has been published in World Development, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, and as book chapters. This work is often cited in World Bank and United Nations publications and by researchers.


BabadoostMohammad Babadoost

Mohammad Babadoost received his B.S. degree in Plant Protection from University of Tabriz in Iran, his M.S. in Plant Pathology from Washington State University, and his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from North Carolina State University. From 1983 to 1994, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor at the University of Tabriz, Iran. After five years as a research plant pathologist at Montana State University, in 1999, he joined the Department of Crop Sciences at Illinois, where he is a Professor of Plant Pathology and Extension Specialist. Dr. Babadoost has a profound commitment to aid establish sustainable global food security. In the past ten years, Dr. Babadoost has been involved in various international programs, including providing publications to universities and research centers in 63 developing countries, participating in teaching, research and extension programs in 21 countries, and serving as an editor in several international journals.Dr. Babadoost received several awards for his international activities in the past 5 years.



Anustup BasuAnustup Basu

Associate Professor, Department of English and Cinema Studies.





Asef BayatAsef Bayat

Catherine C. and Bruce A. Bastian Professor in Global and Transnational Studies and Professor of Sociology. Prior to coming to Illinois, Professor Bayat taught sociology and Middle East studies at the American University in Cairo for 16 years, before joining the Leiden University to serve (between 2003-2010) as the director of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), and the Chair of Society and Culture of the Modern Middle East. His research areas range from social movements and non-movements, religion-politics-everyday life, Islam and the modern world, to urban space and politics, and international development. Dr. Bayat's recent books include Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (Stanford University Press, 2007), Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2010), and (with Linda Herrera) Being Young and Muslim: Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (Oxford University Press, 2010), and Post-Islamism: Changing Faces of Political Islam (Oxford University Press, 2013).



Bruce C BerndtBruce C. Berndt

Professor, Department of Mathematics. Dr. Berndt's areas of specialization are number theory, Ramanujan's notebooks, special functions, elliptic (especially Theta) functions, q-series, and continued fractions.




Rakesh Mohan BhattRakesh Mohan Bhatt

Professor, Associate Head and Admissions Director in Department of Linguistics; Professor of Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education; and Professor of LAS Global Studies. Dr. Bhatt teaches courses in Sociolinguistics and South Asian Linguistics, supervises the Hindi program, and is a core faculty member of SLATE (Second Language Acquisition and Teacher Education). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1994, and has taught at the University of Tennessee and at the University of South Carolina prior to coming to Illinois in Fall 2000. His main research interests are language contact, critical socioloinguistics, world Englishes, and Indo-Aryan syntax. Among his recent publications are: Verb Movement and the Syntax of Kashmiri (Kluwer, 1999), Optimal Expressions in Indian English (English Language and Linguistics, 2000), World Englishes (Annual Review of Anthropology, 2001), and Code-swtiching: Structural Models (Concise Encyclopedia of Socioloinguistics, Elsevier Science, to appear). He is currently finishing his co-authored book (with Rajend Mesthrie): World Englishes (under contract with Cambridge University Press).


J. BirkenholtzJessica Vantine Birkenholtz

Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz is Assistant Professor of Hinduism in the Department of Religion. She earned her PhD in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago in 2010, and then joined the Department of Religion at Rutgers University as an ACLS New Faculty Fellow. Her areas of research include the comparative study of Hindu religious identity, practice, and literature from the medieval period to the present day, Hindu goddess traditions in Nepal and India, and gender and religion. She is currently working on a book manuscript, under contract with Oxford University Press, that examines the history and development of Nepal’s Svasthani goddess tradition, the widely read Svasthanivratakatha, and the role both goddess and text have played in Nepal’s historical construction as a Hindu state. She is also co-editor of Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya (Routledge 2016). Professor Birkenholtz is the Book Review Editor for Himalaya, the journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies.


Trevor BirkenholtzTrevor Birkenholtz

Trevor Birkenholtz is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science. He earned his PhD in Geography in 2007 from Ohio State University. Prior to coming to Illinois, he spent six years in the Department of Geography at Rutgers University. Dr. Birkenholtz is a political ecologist and development geographer, with interests in the politics of water development. His research examines the transformation of groundwater-led irrigation since the Green Revolution, and the contemporary process of water’s urbanization through a series of ongoing case studies located in northwestern India.



BoyleFrancis A. Boyle

Professor, College of Law. A scholar in the areas of international law and human rights, Dr. Boyle has written and lectured extensively in the United States and abroad on the relationship between international law and politics.



James BrennanJames Brennan

Associate Professor, Department of History. Dr. Brennan's teaching and research interests focus on East Africa and the Indian Ocean world in the twentieth century, in particular on themes of urbanization, nationalism, political thought, and media. He is currently completing a book-length manuscript that examines the history of nationalist and racial thought in Tanzania through the lens of Dar es Salaam's colonial and post-colonial urban history. Dr. Brennan is also working on a book-length manuscript that reframes the political history of East Africa's decolonization from the perspective of the losing parties along the coast.


Cynthia BuckleyCynthia Buckley

Cynthia Buckley is presently a Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign. She has previously served as the Program Director for Eurasia of the Social Science Research Council and Chair of Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. A social demographer, Buckley is research examines the cumulative effects of institutional and cultural change on individual demographic decision making and the implications of demographic change for human security. She has served as a Scientific Expert for UNAIDS and UNESCO in the southern Caucasus, for IFC/Macro International in Tajikistan, a methodological advisor for the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank and DHS/Macro International, and as an evaluation expert for the Texas International Education Commission and the Carnegie Corporation. The author of numerous articles examining the demography of Eurasia and lead editor of “Migration Homeland and Belonging in Eurasia (Johns Hopkins Press 2008), Buckley's research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Open Society Foundations, the Social Science Research Council, the American Institute of Afghan Studies and the U.S. State Department. Her present research concentrates on issues of migration, health, gender and generational change in the Eurasian migration system.



Donna A BuchananDonna A. Buchanan

Associate Professor, Musicology and Anthropology. A specialist in the musical styles of Bulgaria, the Balkans, and Russia, Armenia, and Georgia. Dr. Buchanan's scholarly interests include the implication of music in cosmology, sound ecologies, and relations of social power and identity.



Antoinette BurtonAntoinette Burton

Professor, Department of History; Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies. Dr. Burton was trained as a Victorianist and her work has focused on women, gender and empire in the context of modern Britain and colonial India. She has a longstanding interest in the history of imperial political culture and a developing interest in the challenges of world history.


Eric Stickley Calderwood

eric calderwoodAssistant Professor of Arabic Studies and Comparative Literature in the Program in Comparative and World Literature. Dr. Calderwood received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2011. Before coming to Illinois, he taught for three years as an Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan. He was also a Junior Fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows.  His research focuses on the politics of representing the past in modern Arabic and Spanish literature and culture. He is currently working on two book projects related to his interest in modern Hispano-Arab cultural interactions. The first book, tentatively titled Africa Begins in the Pyrenees, Europe Ends in the Atlas, explores the ways in which Spanish and Moroccan writers used the history of al-Andalus (medieval Muslim Iberia) as a framework for understanding Spanish colonialism in Morocco (1859-1956). The second book project examines contemporary representations of al-Andalus in literature, film, television, and tourism in several different national contexts—including Spain, Morocco, Syria, Egypt, and Palestine. Dr. Calderwood’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, The Journal of North African Studies, and the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies. In addition to his academic publications, he has also pursued literary journalism and creative non-fiction in such venues as NPR, the BBC, the Boston Globe, The American Scholar, and McSweeney’s.



Arnab ChakrabortyArnab Chakraborty

Associate Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Chakraborty works with the state and local agencies in the US and abroad to identify development related challenges and devising effective policies. In the past, he played a leading role in multiple planning efforts, most notably in Washington D.C. and Maryland. He is currently working on a project that investigates the role of development regulations behind the sub-prime mortgage crisis. In another research project funded by the Federal Highway Administration he is looking at possible future scenarios for the US Mid-Atlantic mega-region to identify robust decisions that enhances long-term regional competitiveness.  

Internationally, Professor Chakraborty has taught and done research on a number of urbanization and governance issues in India, China, The Netherlands and Curacao. Most recently, he is writing a series of newspaper columns for The Financial Express in India.


Kenneth M CunoKenneth M. Cuno

Associate Professor, Department of History. Ken Cuno teaches the history of the modern Middle East at Illinois. His latest book, Modernizing Marriage: family, ideology, and law in nineteenth and early twentieth century Egypt, will be published by Syracuse University Press in 2015. He is also the co-editor of Race and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans (2010), and authored the chapter on 19th c. Egypt in The New Cambridge History of Islam (2010).

Michael DannMichael Dann

Michael Dann is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Religion of Princeton University in 2015. He has been a fellow with the Fulbright program and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. His research interests include the evolution of the Sunni-Shi'ite divide, hadith studies, biographical literature, historical memory and sectarianism. He is currently preparing a book manuscript on the reception of Shi’ite narrators in the Sunni hadith tradition, which explores the implications of their legacy for contested visions of sectarian boundaries in both the medieval and modern periods.



Michael DannAneesha Dharwadker

Aneesha Dharwadker is an educator and design practitioner interested in global urbanism, design research methods, and design representation. Her areas of study include urbanization in South Asia, colonial and postcolonial planning practices, and the spatial implications and potentials of 20th-century literature in English. Her work is connected by new understandings of the term “history”: what it means, how it is produced, and how it affects the future of design practice.
Dharwadker is a 2016-2017 Designer-in-Residence in the Department of Landscape Architecture at UIUC. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Cornell University) and a Master in Design Studies degree (Harvard University Graduate School of Design). She has practiced architecture in multiple firms in the United States and Canada.

Pradeep A. Dhillon

Associate Professor, Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership. Dr. Dhillon's research interest is focused on India within the framework of critical theory.


Virginia DominguezVirginia Dominguez

Virginia Dominguez is the Edward William Gutgsell and Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor, Department of Anthropology. Much of her work has concerned how people and societies conceptualize sameness and difference both within and outside the units they consider their own-- how those things we often casually refer to as "ethnicity" or "identity" develop over time and across particular spaces, how they become discursively naturalized, systematized, and institutionally entrenched, and how and why they appear to change. She has undertaken extensive research on Israel , publishing People as Subject, People as Object: Selfhood and Peoplehood in Contemporary Israel (1989). She has also published From Neighbor to Stranger: The Dilemma of Caribbean Peoples in the United States (1975) and White By Definition: Social Classification in Creole Louisiana (1986). She is past-president of the American Anthropological Association.


Mark DressmanMark Dressman

Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education. Professor Dressman's research investigates the underlying cultural, semiotic, economic, and historical assumptions that shape research and practice in education across a wide range of textual modes. The goal of this research is to refine and improve current practice and programs in curriculum and teaching.



Hadi Salehi EsfahaniHadi S. Esfahani

Professor, Department of Economics. Dr. Esfahani's 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.


TabriziBehrooz Ghamari-Tabrizi

Associate Professor, 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 he Middle East, Islam and modernity, revolution, social theory, social movements, and politics and power.



TabriziShahbaz S. Gill

Lecturer of Business Administration. Dr. Gill obtained a PhD from the University of Malaya and completed his Post-Doctoral research at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Over the past 15 years, his previous studies and work experiences have taken him across the globe, working as an assistant professor and developing a center for research and teaching in Pakistan; a visiting lecturer in Malaysia, a visiting professor in India and China, where Shahbaz taught courses like International Marketing and International Business; and an export manager with Euro Impex International, one of the most successful and respected textile companies within Germany and Pakistan. During his six years within the textile industry, Shahbaz acquired sales, production, and management skills.

He also traveled extensively to the Middle East, Germany, and France to meet with buyers and negotiate sales agreements. In 2013 and 2014, Shahbaz’s name was included in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent and placed among the top 10% professors by ICES at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His current research interests are: Future of High Performance Work Systems in South Asia; Terrorism and its impact on business and economic environment; and Religiosity and perception of organizational justice. Dr. Gill has keen interest in world politics and has been actively participating in several TV talk shows as a political and economic analyst.


HarrisRachel Harris

Assistant Professor, Program in Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies. Dr. Harris' research interests include the role of suicide in Israeli literature and representations of war in Israeli culture.





Wail S HassanWaïl S. Hassan

Professor, Comparative and World Literature, with research interests in modern Arabic literature, Arab intellectual history, and Arab diasporas. Author of Tayeb Salih: Ideology and the Craft of Fiction (Syracuse UP, 2003) and Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature (Oxford UP, 2011); translator of Abdelfattah Kilito’s Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language (Syracuse UP, 2008); and co-editor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz (MLA, 2012).



Linda HerreraLinda Herrera

Associate Professor, Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. Dr. Herrera is a social anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. She works in the fields of comparative/international education, international development studies, and youth studies.



Keith Hitchins

Professor, Department of History. Dr. Hitchins' research interests include Nationalism, Habsburg monarchy in the 18th & 19th centuries, Romanian and Hungarian history, Central Asia.



HoffmanValerie J. Hoffman

Valerie Hoffman is Professor of Religion, specializing in Islamic thought and practice. She received her Ph.D. in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Chicago. She has been on the faculty of the University of Illinois since 1983, and teaches courses on all aspects of Islam. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Middle East Studies and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. She is the author of Sufism, Mystics and Saints in Modern Egypt (University of South Carolina Press, 1995) and The Essentials of Ibadi Islam (Syracuse University Press, 2011), as well as numerous articles on Sufism, Islamic gender ideology, the Ibadi sect of Islam, and contemporary Islamic movements. In 1996 she was named a University Scholar, and during the 2009-2010 academic year she was a Carnegie scholar. She is currently working on a book entitled Islamic Sectarianism Reconsidered: Ibadi Islam in the Modern Age.


Javier Irigoyen-GarciaJavier Irigoyen-García

Assistant Professor of Early Modern Spanish Studies in the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.




JainAtul Jain

Professor, Department of Atmospheric Studies, where his research focuses on understanding how interactions among the climate system alter the carbon cycle, and to provide useful projections of future changes in global carbon and resultant future climate change. While Dr. Jain’s research goal is to provide the required scientific understanding about how the components of Earth’s climate system interact, it is motivated by the practical and pressing issue of human-induced climate change. Dr. Jain and his students have made fundamental advances in our understanding of (1) how terrestrial ecosystems and oceanic processes modify the sources and sinks of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), the most important anthropogenic greenhouse gas; (2) how LCLUC and fire modify terrestrial carbon and nitrogen dynamics, and (3) the implications of biofuel production for changes in the stocks of carbon and nitrogen stored in soils and vegetation. To conduct this research, Dr. Jain and his students develop and use global climate and carbon cycle models in combination with satellite and ground-based observation data.

Dr. Jain has won numerous awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award. He has served as a lead and contributing authors for major assessments of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is the author of over 100 scientific articles, including highly cited articles in Nature and Science, most of which relate to global climate change as affected by both human activities and natural phenomena. He also directs a number of research projects that are primarily oriented towards improving our understanding of the impacts that man-made and natural trace gases may be having on the Earth’s climate.


Prasanta Kumar KalitaPrasanta Kumar Kalita

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Bilogical Engineering, where he is Leader of the Soil and Water Resources Engineering Section. Dr. Kalita is involved in the "Water and Livelihood Initiative (WLI)" in Lebanon and Syria funded by USAID. His research areas are hydrology, watershed quality, modeling erosion and sediment control. He has been engaged in water-related projects in Lebanon, Syria and India.



Shiv Gopal KapoorShiv Gopal Kapoor

Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering; Grace Wicall Gauthier Chair; Director, the Center for Machine Tools Systems Research.


John Tofik KaramJohn Tofik Karam

Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Associate Director of Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies. His first book on Arab cultural politics in neoliberal Brazil (2007) won awards from the Arab American National Museum and the Brazilian Studies Association. It was translated into both Arabic and Portuguese by Centre for Arab Unity Studies in Beirut and the Editora Martins Fontes in São Paulo. Funded by the NEH, his current book project is titled, “Manifold Destiny: Arabs at an Exceptional Crossroads of the Americas.” As part of that project, his 2013 article, “The Lebanese Diaspora at the Tri-Border and the Redrawing of South American Geopolitics, 1950-1992,” was awarded the best article prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association. His work appears in both the Journal of Latin American Studies and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.



Maryam Kashani

Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and Asian American Studies. Her interests include racial/ethnic/religious diasporas and transnational political movements; gender and sexuality; Islam and Muslim communities; visual anthropology, documentary, and experimental filmmaking; visual culture and the senses; knowledge, ethics, and power; and new media forms and methods.


User PhotoStefanos Katsikas

Stefanos Katsikas is Director of the Modern Greek Studies Program and a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics.  His research interests focus on the study of democratization, reconciliation and regional security in the Balkans in both contemporary and historical settings.  He has presented his research in academic conferences, seminars and workshops and published in peer-reviewed academic journals. Recent publications include Negotiating Diplomacy in the New Europe: Foreign Policy in Post-Communist Bulgaria (2011), which received a Scouloudi publication award in 2011.  He is the editor of Bulgaria and Europe: Shifting Identities (2010), co-editor of State-Nationalisms in the Ottoman Empire, Greece and Turkey: Orthodox and Muslims (1830-1945) (2012), and a guest editor of European Modernity and Islamic Reformism among Muslims of the Balkans in the Late Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Period (1830s-1945), a special issue of Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 29, 4 (December 2009).




KellerMarcus Keller

Associate Professor in the Department of French, Program of Comparative and World Literature, and Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and Associate Director of the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics. Dr. Keller's teaching and research focus on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century French literature and culture. He currently explores French orientalisms of the Renaissance, in particular the figure of the Turk and the representation of Islam in literary and political discourses, cosmographical writings, and travel narratives.



Jay P KesanJay P. Kesan

Professor and Director, Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. Dr. Kesan's interests include intellectual property, law and regulation of cyberspace, and science, technology and the law.




Madhu KhannaMadhu Khanna

Professor, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Energy Biosciences Institute, Institute for Genomic Biology. Dr. Khanna's research interests are technology adoption and policies to induce pollution prevention, welfare analysis of alternative policies for abatement of global warming, and economic incentives and environmental implications of business-led environmental management.



Tanu KohliTanu Kohli

Tanu Kohli, Lecturer in Global Studies, earned her doctorate in Global Affairs from Rutgers University, New Jersey. Her research explores the impact of migrant income transfers on long term human development indicators in the migrant-sending communities in India. Dr. Kohli teaches course in Globalization, Development and Global Governance at the University of Illinois. Her current research includes include econometric analysis of economic migration, global migration, comparative analysis of migrants from India and pedagogy in Global Studies/Global Affairs. Originally from India, Dr. Kohli completed her B.A. Honors degree in Economics and is a native speaker of Hindi.


Susan Koshy

Associate Professor, Department of English and Asian American Studies and Director of the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory.




KrishnanSudarshan Krishnan

Dr. Sudarshan Krishnan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is an architect and structural engineer, specializing in the area of lightweight and transformable structures. His current research focuses on the structural design and behavior of cable domes, deployable structures, and tensioned membrane structures. His accompanying interests in allied fields include bio-inspiration in engineering design, andtracing the underlying design principles in the temple architecture of South India.



Reed W LarsonReed W. Larson

Professor, Department of Human and Community Development; Department of Psychology; Department of Kinesiology and Community Health; Department of Recreation, Sport, and Tourism. Was Pampered Chef Endowed Chair in Family Resiliency. Dr. Larson's research interests include adolescence, organized youth activities and programs, youth practice, and adolescence and globalization.



Huseyin LeblebiciHuseyin Leblebici

Professor, Department of Business Administration; Merle H. and Virginia Downs Boren Professor.




Avital LivnyAvital Livny

Avital Livny is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the politics of religion and ethnicity, electoral dynamics in developing democracies, and variations in interpersonal trust, across space and time. Her region of interest is the Muslim World, particularly the Muslim Middle East, and she has conducted extensive field research in Turkey. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and an M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University.


Christopher B. Macklin

Christopher MacklinChristopher Macklin is an Assistant Professor of Musicology and Medieval Studies. His current research broadly engages with the relationship between music and medicine in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, with other interests including the relationship between speech and song in medieval epic and lyric poetry, music’s intersection with memory and cognitive neuroscience, and the cultural construction of rhythm and musical time. In connection with the last of these Dr. Macklin has developed a keen interest in the techniques and philosophy of Indian percussion, with particular emphasis on the tabla.


Alexander L MayerAlexander L. Mayer

Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Department of Religion. Dr. Mayer's research interests include the history of medieval Chinese Buddhism and Sanskrit Buddhism.





Robert J McKimRobert J. McKim

Professor, Department of Religion. Dr. McKim's major research interests include philosophy of religion, religious diversity, the philosophy of George Berkeley, and applied ethics (especially environmental ethics). His publications include these books: "Religious Ambiguity and Religious Diversity," "On Religious Diversity," and "The Morality of Nationalism" a coedited volume. 



Rini Bhattacharya MehtaRini Bhattacharya Mehta

Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literature. Professor Mehta's research focuses on the evolution and synthesis of modernity in colonial, postcolonial and postglobal societies, particularly in the Indian subcontinent. She also teaches and studies Indian Cinema; her edited anthology, Bollywood and Globalization, was published in 2010.  She has made a documentary film on the state of women’s rights in India, Post498A: Shades of Domestic Violence, that was released in 2011.




Faranak MiraftabFaranak Miraftab

Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Dr. Miraftab's work has focused on the access to housing by low-income groups, women, and immigrants in industrialized and developing countries, the role of NGOs and community-based groups in community development, and a range of issues critical to processes of development in the Third World.



User PhotoMithilesh Mishra


Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Hindi Program, Department of Linguistics; Lecturer, Center for Global Studies.






MoussawiGhassan Moussawi

Ghassan Moussawi is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois. He studies gender, queer visibilities, and narratives of progress and modernity in post-war Beirut. He also does research on contemporary representations of gender and sexuality in the Arab Middle East. His current project focuses on discourses of exceptionalism and cosmopolitanism, and realities of exclusion in Beirut. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Rutgers University in 2016.



MoustafaLaila Hussein Moustafa

Laila Hussein Moustafa is an Assistant Professor of Library Administration and the Middle East and North Africa subject specialist in the International Area Studies Library. She first came to the United States to attend a Human Rights Advocates Training Program at Columbia University in 1997, and subsequently worked as a consultant with Middle East Watch, and then with Human Rights First, where she worked as a researcher overseeing the translation, publication, and distribution of their reports, “Islam and Justice” and “Islam and Equality.” She worked with Landmines Survivors Networks to organize the first international conference about mines in the Middle East  She earned an MA in Near Eastern Studies at New York University, with a focus on medieval Islam, early Shi‘ism, Islamic law, and international law. She earned an MLS at Long Island University in Information Management in 2010, with a focus on technological and economic trends in the new library world, public library systems, metadata, web 2.0, and digital preservation. She is interested in digitization and archive, and hopes to develop our Middle East collection, not only in printed materials but also in the new formats, such as digital and electronic materials.


Munir H NayfehMunir H. Nayfeh

Professor, Department of Physics. Dr. Nayfeh's research interests include atomic, molecular, and optical physics; and laser atomic spectroscopy.




NobiliMauro Nobili

Assistant Professor, Department of History. He is a historian of pre-colonial and early-colonial West Africa, with a specific interest in the area of the modern Republic of Mali and the town of Timbuktu. Hisspecial focus is on Muslim societies of the region and their Arabic manuscript heritage. Dr. Nobili conducts research in several collections of Arabic manuscripts from West Africa, stored in public or private libraries in Africa (Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Niger) and in Europe (Denmark and France). He has worked and published on topics linked to Arabic calligraphies and script styles, Islamic eschatology, genealogies and the West African chronicle tradition.  



David J O'BrienDavid J. O'Brien

Associate Professor, School of Art & Design. David O'Brien studies nineteenth-century French artistic voyages in North Africa and the Middle East, and contemporary art from the same region.




Marilyn O'HaraMarilyn O'Hara

Marilyn O’Hara is a Clinical Associate Professor, in the Division of Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, Urbana.  She returned recently from India, where she worked for four months as a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Scholar. Her research identifies factors related to why poor health occurs in particular places and times, including conditions and characteristics of places that are associated with illness or health. Professor O'Hara teaches courses in Spatial Epidemiology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Health Applications. She earned a PhD in Geography in 1995 from the University of Florida, with an emphasis on Geographic Information Science and demography. Her goal is to help improve public health through better understanding of disease ecology and by facilitating the effective use of spatial data and tools as applied to health. 


OsmanAdam Osman

Adam Osman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research centers on issues of youth unemployment and credit market access with a special emphasis on issues that affect the MENA region. Much of his work utilizes Randomized Control Trials (RCTs) along side insights from economics to rigorously test theories about how to improve outcomes of poverty alleviation programs. He is currently working on projects that deal with issues including vocational education, apprenticeship training, Islamic microfinance, expanding credit access for SMEs, and studying the impacts of opening up access to foreign markets.Adam is receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 2014.




Junaid RanaJunaid Rana

Associate Professor, Asian American Studies.  Dr. Rana's interests include transnational cultural studies, diaspora studies; community organizing and social movements; critical and comparative race studies, political economy, the postcolonial state; South Asia/Pakistan/US.




Bruce RosenstockBruce Rosenstock

Associate Professor, Department of Religion and Coordinator of Computer-Assisted Instruction of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Rosenstock's publications include: New Men: Converso Religiosity in the Fifteenth Century, a monograph dealing with the two most important converso Churchmen of 15th-century Spain, (forthcoming, spring 2003, Papers of the Medieval Hispanic Research Seminar, series ed. Alan Deyermond); Heresies and Orthodoxies: Regulating Identities in Late Antiquity, edited conference volume, in press review; and Laughter, Revelation, Exile: Studies in the Cultural Poetics of the Bible, in preparation.



Dede Fairchild RugglesD. Fairchild Ruggles

D. Fairchild Ruggles, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture. Dr. Ruggles' research interests are the visual culture and built environment of the Islamic world. She is the author of Gardens, Landscape, and Vision in the Palaces of Islamic Spain (2000), Islamic gardens and Landscapes (2008), Islamic Art and Visual Culture (2011) and six edited volumes on Islamic art, landscape, and heritage studies.


Eman Saadah

Language Coordinator of Arabic; Lecturer, Department of Linguistics. Arabic language instructor.


Taher A. Saif

Gutgsell Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Dr. Saif's research interests include the mechanics of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), fracture mechanics, submicron materials behavior and bio-MEMS. He uses MEMS devices, often of his own design, to explore the mechanics of extremely small things--from nanocrystalline metal films to living cells.



Mahir Saul

Professor, Department of Anthropology. Dr. Saul's research interests include precolonial and colonial West African political history, social organization, economic anthropology, the history of ideas and social theories, religion, particularly Islam and Catholic missionary activity, environmental history, the organization of West African small scale farming and markets. He also has a secondary regional interest in the Middle East. In 2010-2011, Dr. Saul started a research project on African immigrants in Istanbul.



Lila Adib Sharif

Assistant Professor, Asian American Studies. Dr. Sharif earned a dual Ph.D. in Sociology and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. Her long term goal is to develop the field of transnational feminist food studies with an emphasis on Southwest Asia and diasporas.

Amita SinhaAmita Sinha

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture. Dr. Sinha's research interests are in cultural landscapes, heritage planning and design, and contemporary urban design. She is the author of Landscapes in India: Forms and Meanings (University Press of Colorado, 2006; reprint Asian Educational Services, 2011) and editor of Landscape Perception: Readings in Environmental Psychology (Academic Press, 1995) and Delhi's Natural Heritage (INTACH and US-India Educational Foundation, 2009).  She has published extensively in peer-reviewed journal such as Landscape Journal, Journal of Landscape Architecture, Journal of Urban Design, and International Journal of Heritage Studies. With her colleagues and students she has prepared landscape conservation plan for heritage sites in India--Taj Mahal in Agra, Champaner-Pavagadh in Gujarat, Sarnath, and Govardhan in Braj.


Murugesu Sivapalan

Professor, Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Sivapalan's research interests include watershed hydrology, engineering hydrology, stochastic hydrology and water resources engineering.

Mark D SteinbergMark Steinberg

Professor, Department of History; Director of Graduate Studies. Professor Steinberg specializes on the cultural, intellectual, and social history of Russia and the Soviet Union in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His recent and current research focuses on urban history, revolutions, emotions, religion, violence, and utopias. He is currently working on a new project on “the crooked and the straight” in urban public life in Odessa, Bombay, and New York City during the 1920s and 1930s.



Mara ThackerMara L. Thacker

Mara Thacker is the South Asian Studies Librarian in the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary where she studied Literary and Cultural Studies with a focus on Indian film, and her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where in addition to her coursework in library and information science, she also undertook intensive Hindi language training and continued her studies of Indian popular culture. She is currently putting her background in Indian popular culture to good use by building what is set to be the most comprehensive collection of South Asian comics in North America.


Maria Todorova

Gutgsell Professor, Department of History. Dr. Todorova specializes in the history of the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire in the modern period. She is the author or editor of over 30 books, among them Balkan Family Structure and the European Pattern:  Demographic Developments in Ottoman Bulgaria (1993, 2006), Imagining the Balkans (1997, 2009), Balkan Identities: Nation and Memory (2004), Bones of Contention: the Living Archive of Vasil Levski and the Making of Bulgaria’s National Hero (2009), Remembering Communism: Genres of Representation (2010), Postcommunist Nostalgia (2010).

Madhubalan (Madhu) ViswanaathanMadhubalan (Madhu) Viswanathan

Madhu Viswanathan, Professor of Business Administration and Diane and Steven N. Miller Endowed Professor. Dr. Viswanathan's research programs are in two areas: measurement and research methodology; and literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behaviors.




Dov WeissDov Weiss

Dov Weiss, Assistant Professor, Department of Religion. Dr. Weiss received his PhD in the History of Judaism from the University of Chicago Divinity School in June, 2011, specializing in rabbinic theology and rabbinic biblical interpretation. Weiss' dissertation, "Confrontations with God in Late Rabbinic Literature" examines the history of rabbinic theology and biblical exegesis in the Byzantine period. Prior to attending the University of Chicago, he served as an Instructor of Talmud and Jewish Law at the YCT Rabinnical School in NY.