Near Eastern Studies Faculty listing


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Associate Professor Gottfried J. Hagen, Acting Chair (7/1/15-6/30/15)

Academics and Requirements


Kevork Bardakjian (Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Language and Literature), Armenian language, literature, and culture

Gary Beckman, Hittite and Mesopotamian studies, ancient history

Gabriele Boccaccini, second temple Judaism and early Rabbinic literature

Michael Bonner, medieval Islamic history

Jeffrey Heath, historical linguistics, morphology, Arabic, linguistic anthropology

Alexander Knysh, Islamic studies and the Arabian Peninsula

Trevor LeGassick, Arabic writings: imaginative, poetic, and non-fictional, 19th and 20th centuries

Karla Mallette, Medieval Mediterranean literature in Italian, Arabic, Latin

Piotr Michalowski (George G. Cameron Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations), Sumerian and Akkadian languages, literatures, and history; literary theory

Douglas Northrop, modern central Asian studies

Raji M. Rammuny, Arabic language, culture, and teacher training

Janet Richards, Egyptology

Anton Shammas, Middle Eastern literature

Arthur M.F.W. Verhoogt, Papyrology and Greek

Terry Wilfong, Egyptology

Associate Professors

Mohammad Alhawary, Arabic studies and second language acquisition

Kathryn Babayan, Iranian history and culture

Carol Bardenstein, Arabic language, literature, and culture

Yaron Eliav, Rabbinic literature & Jewish history of late antiquity

Elliot Ginsburg, Jewish thought

Gottfried Hagen, Turkish language and culture

Shachar Pinsker, Hebrew literature and culture

Brian B. Schmidt, Ancient West Asian cultures and the Hebrew Bible


Assistant Professors

Maya Barzilai, modern Hebrew and Jewish culture

Ellen Muehlberger, Christianity in late antiquity


Professors Emeriti

James A. Bellamy, medieval Arabic literature, Arabic textual criticism, Arabic papyrology

Edna Amir Coffin (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), modern Hebrew language and literature

John Kolars, Geography and Ecology of the Near East and North Africa

Charles Krahmalkov, ancient Near Eastern languages

Ernest N. McCarus, Arabic and Kurdish linguistics

George E. Mendenhall, Biblical studies

Louis L. Orlin, Ancient Near Eastern history

Raji Rammuny 

Gene Schramm, Semitic languages and linguistics  

Gernot L. Windfuhr, Persian and Iranian linguistics and literature

Norman Yoffee, Assyriology, Mesopotamian civilizations


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