American Studies Exchange Participants


Project Leaders

Mohammed Dajani is the director and founder of the American Studies Institute at Al-Quds University. He co-directs the partnership's American Studies academic exchange with Daniel Terris, and visited Brandeis in 2005 to plan the exchange. He led a delegation of four Al-Quds American Studies graduate students to Brandeis in March 2006.

Daniel Terris is the vice president for global affairs and the director of the International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University. He serves as project director for the partnership at Brandeis and is co-chair of the partnership steering committee. He also co-directs the American studies exchange with Mohammed Dajani. He visited Al-Quds in December 2003, February 2005, December 2005, January 2007, January 2008, and December 2008 to plan and implement the partnership.

Participants

Joyce Antler is the Samuel B. Lane professor of American Jewish History and Culture and Professor of Women's Studies. She participates in the American Studies exchange and served as a faculty advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students in March 2006.

Matt Ashland is a classroom technology specialist at Brandeis University. He helped implement sound system technology for the American Studies celebration at Brandeis in March 2006.

Mark Auslander is a lecturer in anthropology and director of the MA program in cultural production at Brandeis University. He participated in the American Studies exchange, serving as a faculty advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students in March 2006.

Zeina Barakat received her MA from Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American Studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in conflict resolution at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and has worked with the British Council.

Eliana Zeidan Berkley is an MA candidate at Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American Studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Jason Bernard is a reference librarian at Brandeis University. He helped coordinate Brandeis Library and Technology Services support of the American Studies exchange in March 2006, and taught a library workshop during the exchange, and provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students.

Jerry Cohen is associate professor of American Studies at Brandeis. He participated in the American Studies exchange in March 2006.

Richard Gaskins is Proskauer Chair in Law and Social Welfare at Brandeis. He participated in the American Studies exchange and served as an academic advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students.

David Gil is Professor of Social Policy at the Heller School at Brandeis. He participated in the American Studies exchange and served as an academic advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students.

Janet Hill is an instructional technology specialist at Brandeis University. She hosted the Al-Quds American Studies exchange participants in March 2006.

Leslie Homzie is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Dalia Labadi is an MA candidate at Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American Studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Judy Pinnolis is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Chris Roppola is a computer classroom coordinator at Brandeis University. He participates in the partnership by providing classroom technology support and leadership.

Laura Reiner is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Urieb Samad is an MA candidate at Al-Quds University's American Studies Institute. She traveled to Brandeis University in March 2006 to meet with American Studies faculty and students, and to research her thesis.

Darwin Scott is a former creative arts librarian at Brandeis University. He provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Inessa Shishmanyan served as a staff assistant during the American Studies exchange. She helped orient the visiting Al-Quds students to Brandeis and coordinate the logistics of the program.

Angie Simeone is the former department administrator of the American Studies department at Brandeis. She participated in the American Studies exchange in March 2006.

Evan Simpson is the former manager of access services at Brandeis University. He participated in the American Studies Exchange by hosting Al-Quds University students and faculty.

Leslie Stebbins is a former reference librarian at Brandeis University. She provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Ralph Szymczak is a reference librarian at Brandeis University. He provided personal reference help to visiting Al-Quds University students during the American Studies exchange.

Anna Tomecka is the former chief technology officer at Brandeis University. She participates in the partnership with Al-Quds by making technology resources available and providing technology leadership.

Susan Wawrzaszek is chief university librarian at Brandeis University. She participates in the partnership with Al-Quds by making resources available and providing leadership.

David Wedaman is assistant director for research and instruction services at Brandeis University. He provided resources and leadership in the American Studies exchange and hosted Al-Quds University students and faculty during the exchange.

Steve Whitfield is Max Richter professor of American Civilization at Brandeis. He participates in the American Studies exchange and served as an academic advisor to the visiting Al-Quds students.