Core Faculty

Eva Bellin
Eva Bellin
Myra and Robert Kraft Professor of Arab Politics in the Department of Politics and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies
Department of Politics
781-736-5336 Lemberg Hall, 225
Office Hours: On Leave

Expertise: Comparative politics and Middle East politics

Jonathan Decter
Jonathan Decter
Edmond J. Safra Professor of Sephardic Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program and Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-2960 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 210
Office Hours: Sabbatical 2018-19

Expertise: Jews of the Islamic world, medieval Hebrew literature, medieval Jewish studies, Sephardic Studies, medieval Jewish thought

Suleyman Dost
Suleyman Dost
Assistant Professor of Classical Islam
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-2971 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 209
Office Hours: Thurs., 1-3 p.m.

Expertise: Qur'anic studies, Islamic studies, early Islamic history, Arabic epigraphy and paleography, philology

Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Carl Sharif El-Tobgui
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Director of the Arabic Language Program
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-2071 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 206
Office Hours: Tues., 10-11 a.m. and Wed., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Expertise: Islamic thought, theology, law and jurisprudence; Arabic language (Qur'anic, classical & modern) and Classical Arabic literature and poetry

Shai Feldman
Shai Feldman
Judith and Sidney Swartz Director, Crown Center for Middle East Studies and Professor of Politics
Department of Politics
781-736-5321 Lemberg Hall, 201
Office Hours: Mon., 12-1 p.m. and by appointment

Expertise: International relations and Middle East politics

Nader Habibi
Nader Habibi
Program Chair; Henry J. Leir Professor of Economics of the Middle East (Crown Center), Senior Lecturer
Department of Economics and Brandeis International Business School
781-736-5325 Lemberg Hall (Crown Center), 226
Office Hours: Mon., 11 a.m.–12 p.m. and Thurs., 2–3 p.m.

Expertise: Economics of the Middle East

Alexander Kaye
Alexander Kaye
Karl, Harry, and Helen Stoll Assistant Professor of Israel Studies
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-5923 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 317
Office Hours: Wed., Thurs. 12 - 1 p.m.

Expertise: Ancient, medieval and modern Jewish history and European intellectual history, legal and political thought of religious Zionists in the twentieth century, relationship between law, religion and politics in Mandate Palestine and Israel.

Pascal Menoret
Pascal Menoret
Renee and Lester Crown Professor of Modern Middle East Studies
Department of Anthropology
781-736-5313 Lemberg Hall, 227

Expertise: Urban anthropology, infrastructure, religion, youth politics, Islamism, Arabian Peninsula Middle East

Yehudah Mirsky
Yehudah Mirsky
Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies
Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
781-736-3977 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 318
Office Hours: Thurs., 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Expertise: Jewish thought, Jewish law and ethics, Israeli religion and culture and Zionist intellectual history, political thought and human rights

Naghmeh Sohrabi
Naghmeh Sohrabi
Charles (Corky) Goodman Professor of Middle East History
Department of History
781-736-5327 Lemberg Hall, 224

Expertise: Modern Middle East history, modern Iran history, nationalism, historiography, comparative revolutions