Center for Global & International Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Wescoe Hall, Room 2096

Dr. Ahmad’s research and teaching focus is on Persian language and literature, Indo-Persian culture, and history and politics of Islam in the Middle East and South Asia. He Graduate from the University of Arizona with A PhD in Near Eastern Studies in 2010.

Nazli Avdan
Assistant Professor
Blake Hall, Room 504-F

International Relations and Quantitative Methodology, International migration, transnational terrorism, human trafficking and organized crime, quantitative methods.

Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law, Raymond F. Rice Distinguished Professor
Green Hall, Room 410

Raj Bhala, an Indian-American, joined the KU Law faculty in 2003 as the Rice Distinguished Professor. Bhala's scholarly reputation in international trade is global, based in part on a sustained, prolific publication record. Bhala's energy and enthusiasm extend to Islamic Law. He is the first non-Muslim American law professor to write a comprehensive textbook in the field, "Understanding Islamic Law Shari'a)." This work covers in an accessible manner the religion, history and law of Islam.

Naima Boussofara
Associate Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 2118

Dr. Naima Boussofara, a graduate of the universities of Tunis, Exeter (UK), and Austin at Texas, is an associate professor of Arabic Studies. She received her Ph.D in applied linguistics but she also specializes in sociolinguistics. She teaches courses on Arabic language, Arab cultures and societies. She has had teaching experiences at Cornell College in Iowa, and at the universities of Tunis, and Texas at Austin.

Jacquelene Brinton
Associate Professor
Smith Hall, Room 204

Jacquelene Brinton received both her M.A. and her Ph.D. in Religious Studies, with a specialty in Islamic Studies, from the University of Virginia. Her recent book, 'Preaching Islamic Renewal: Religious Authority and the Media in Modern Egypt,' is currently in print with the University of California Press. She has been Directing the Middle East Studies program at KU from 2011 to 2017.

Assistant Professor
Smith Hall, Room 105

Samuel Hayim Brody studied Political and Social Thought and Middle-Eastern Studies at the University of Virginia before turning his attention to the study of traditional Jewish sources at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he received his MA. His Ph.D. in the History of Judaism is from the University of Chicago Divinity School, where he focused on the modern German-Jewish intellectual tradition, while also studying philosophical hermeneutics, Christian exegesis, and varying conceptions of the relationship between religion and politics. He has previously taught at the University of Chicago and the University of Cincinnati.

Assistant Professor
Wescoe Hall, Room 3637

Marie Brown is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. Her teaching research focuses on the history of the modern Middle East with a special interest in women's activism and national movements.

Assistant Professor
Blake Hall, Room 311

Professor Buttorff teaches Political Science courses such as Introduction to Comparative Politics, Middle East and North African politics, Electoral Systems, Political Parties, Election Fraud, Comparative Institutions, Democratization, Game Theory, Political Research Methods, OLS Regression, Limited Dependent Variables. Her research interests focus broadly on elections and opposition politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

Snow Hall, Room 359

After receiving his undergraduate education in Business and economics (major) in Cairo University 1954-1958, mathematics and economics in Russia (1958-1959) and US 1958-1966 completing Ph.D. in Economics and Mathematical Statistics, MA in Economics, and MA in Mathematics, all from the University of Minnesota. Professor El-Hodiri speaks (classical, contemporary, and all dialects of) Arabic, English, and Russian and is moderately proficient in French and Biblical Hebrew. He is very well informed on Arab History, Islam, and Middle Eastern religious history (esp. EGYPT). He has published over 30 articles in the top journals in economics and mathematics, 15 book reviews, poems in Arabic and English, and 5 books in economics and mathematics.

Majid Hannoum
Associate Professor
Fraser Hall, Room 636

Majid Hannoum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology. His teaching and research focuses on Anthropology and history, social theory, cultural identity, political modernity, historiography and memory, religion and politics, violence and the state, immigration and globalization. His regional expertise is with the Middle East, North Africa and France.

Librarian of Slavic and Near East Studies Librarian, Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian
Watson Library, Room 519

Geoff Husic's areas of professional responsibility cover collection development, reference, and instruction for the Balkan Peninsula and the Near East (Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Middle East) as well as for Linguistics. In addition he is cataloger for materials received pertaining to these world regions.

Beverly Mack
Bailey Hall, Room 109A

Beverly Mack is a Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Director of the University of Kansas African Studies Center (KASC), as well as a Courtesy Professor of Religious Studies. She regularly teaches the following courses: Women and Islam, Muslim Women's Autobiography, African Women Writers, and Islamic (Sufi) Literature. Prior to joining KU, Professor Mack taught at Yale University (Hausa language and African literature), Georgetown University (African history), and George Mason University (African literature).​

Heba Mostafa
Assistant Professor
Spencer Museum of Art

Professor Mostafa earned her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, King's College. She most recently served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses upon early Islamic architecture and urbanism with a particulary focus on the palace, mosque and shrine in Islam.

Nilou Vakil
Lecturer, Architecture
Marvin Hall, Room 104

Nilou Vakil, a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, is currently the President and the Principal Architect of in situ DESIGN. Nilou has practiced in both the U.S. and internationally. She is a licensed architect, LEED BD+C accredited professional, and has also overseen the coordination of projects in the international Estidama sustainability rating program in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has been invited to lecture and present her work extensively including venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Arts (Tehran, Iran), Denver University, University of Colorado, Colorado Academy and the University of the Arts (Tehran, Iran).

Visiting Assistant Professor, Academic Director, Global & International Studies Program
Bailey 214

Mike Wuthrich is the Assistant Director in the Center for Global and International Studies. He received his PhD in Political Science from Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey in 2011.  His interests are Middle East politics, parties and party systems, electoral behavior, religion, and nationalism. After nine years of living and working in Turkey, he has developed a particular interest in all things Turkish, particularly those related to politics, society and culture. His publications have appeared in the International Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle East Journal, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Turkish Studies. His book, Turkey's Dynamic Arena: The Party System, Political Elites, and the Electorate in Turkish General Elections, 1950-2011 is forthcoming from Syracuse University Press.

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