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Ahlam Muhtaseb

Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D., Director, CSMAW

Ahlam Muhtaseb is a professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her M.A. in Government Relations and her Ph.D. in Computer-Mediated Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to scholarly meetings. Her most recent projects include working on an upcoming documentary on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences; a project that has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

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David Yaghoubian, Ph.D., Associate Director, CSMAW

David Yaghoubian (Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley) is a professor of history at California State University in San Bernardino. He is coeditor with Edmund Burke III of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East, second edition. He is the author of Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran (2014).

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Ece Algan, Ph.D.

Ece Algan is Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, San Bernardino, and her research focuses on the relationship between cultural politics and media. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork research on local radio, emerging communication technologies and youth for almost a decade in Southeast Turkey. She is fluent in English and Turkish, which is her native tongue. Her work has been published in several media and communication journals and edited collections, and earned many awards, including a Top Paper Award at 2011 NCA, Top Faculty Paper Award at the Global Fusion 2009 Conference and the James E. Murphy Best Faculty Paper Award in 2003. She serves on editorial and advisory boards of Journal of International Communication, Global Media Journal's Mediterranean Edition and Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies.

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Yasemin Dildar, Ph.D.

Yasemin Dildar is an assistant professor of economics at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her M.A. in Economics from Middle East Technical University in Turkey and she received her Ph.D. in Economics from University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on gender and development, macroeconomics and labor economics. She has publications in journals such as World Development, Social Science History and Review of Radical Political Economy. Her most recent research projects focus on the determinants of domestic violence in Turkey and the impact of pro-natalist population policies on fertility preferences in Turkey.

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Dany Doueiri, Ph.D.

Prof. Doueiri joined CSUSB in 2001 and currently serves as the coordinator of the Arabic Language Program and as a member of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He is co-founder of IslamiCity in Cyberspace, the most visited Islamic website in the world currently serving 27 million unique visitors per year. Doueiri was also the technical editor of the book “Quran for Dummies”, which is part of the renowned “for Dummies” Series. Doueiri has received multiple awards and serves as a national and international consultant in the areas of language pedagogy, program development, assessment, and teacher training.

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Mahbuba Hammad, Ed.D., M.P.H.

Mahbuba Hammad serves under many capacities as instructor and director of multiple projects and national/international initiatives in public educational and nonprofit organizations. At CSUSB, she has integrated contemporary issues of Arab and Islamic culture, such as healthcare, environment, human rights, media and film into the classroom. She has extensive experience in grant development, instruction, teacher training, assessment and program administration and has worked with students in K-16. Her research focuses on Arabic literacy and breast cancer in Arab and Muslim communities. She was recently named by the International Literacy Association (2019) as one of 30 Under 30 literacy leaders and visionaries creating positive change in the global literacy landscape. She was also honored (2019) by Assembly member Eloise Gómez Reyes as one of 30 Under 30 individuals who exemplify dedication, innovation and service in the 47th district in the Inland Empire. 


Jamal Nassar, Ph.D. (Dean Emeritus)

Jamal Nassar (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati) is the author of 6 books on globalization, terrorism, politics in the developing world and Palestinian resistance movement. Many of his articles, chapters and reviews have also been translated into about a dozen other languages. Dr. Nassar has chaired several national and international conferences on the Middle East, has addressed the United Nations on the Palestine question, and has been a consultant or expert witness in court cases in the United States and Canada. He was the editor of Arab Studies Quarterly from 1991–95. He remains on the editorial board of this and other scholarly journals.

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Cheryl Riggs, Ph.D.

Dr. Cheryl Riggs received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989 and recently retired as full professor of History at CSUSB. During her career, she published on world civilizations, medieval philosophy and Christian history, as well as serving as general editor for world history publications. She is the author of numerous academic papers and invited lectures presented both domestically and internationally, including Oxford University and Bethlehem University. Her most recent publication, “From Investment to Divestment: Non-violent Religious Protest and the United Methodist Church in an Historical Context” is a product of her interest in American Churches’ responses to Middle Eastern conflict.


Wendy B. Smith, Ph.D. Professor Emerita

Professor Smith received her Ph.D. in 1990 from the Department of Applied Linguistics at UCLA. She began teaching at CSUSB September of 1989 and is the architect of the current M.A. program in Applied Linguistics/TESL in the Department of English, having directed it for four years when it was established. She has received two Fulbright Awards, one to Yanka Kupala University in Belarus (2011-12)and the other to Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia (2014-5). Professor Smith was also a Visiting Scholar at Hebrew University and lived in Jerusalem from 1997-2000, conducting sociolinguistic research on the interaction and situation of the Palestinian and Jewish Israelis. She is currently doing research on the interaction of members of Union of the Deaf in Tbilisi.