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Core Faculty:

Amit Bein ( Dr. Bein is an Associate Professor of History. He specializes in the history of the modern Middle East with a particular emphasis on the late Ottoman period and the Republic of Turkey. He teaches courses on the social, political, and cultural history of the modern Middle East.

Vladimir Matic ( Vladimir Matic has been teaching since 1996 at Clemson University. He is an expert on American foreign policy, European and Balkan affairs.. He is a former Yugoslav career diplomat and ambassador. He is Senior Peace Fellow at the Public International Law and Policy Group. He was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center 1999. Has served since 2000 as a consultant for the Department of State and Foreign Service Institute, 2000-2003 the U.S. Institute of Peace, 2000-20001 analyst at International Crisis Group. He teaches a course on Middle Eastern Politics and enjoys teaching independent studies that focus on the Middle East.

Angela Naimou ( Dr. Naimou is an Assistant Professor of English. Her main research interest is in late twentieth- and early twenty-first century literature, with special attention to fiction and poetry of the Middle East, Caribbean, and the United States. She teaches courses on contemporary literature written or translated into English and the relationship of literature to law, economy, empire, race, ethnicity, gender, and migration.

Mashal Saif ( Dr. Saif is the Director of the Middle Eastern Studies Minor. She is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. She specializes in the study of Islam and Muslim societies. She teaches courses on Islam, Islamic law, Islam and the West, the Quran, etc.

Affiliated Faculty:

Walt Hunter: Walt Hunter is Assistant Professor of world literature. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in ARCADE, the Boston Review, College Literature, Cultural Critique, Essays in Criticism, Jacket2, the minnesota review, and Modern Philology. His current book project, “Ecstatic Call: The Global Lyric from Yeats to the Present,” looks at modern and contemporary lyric as a social form that makes visible processes of globalization. His co-translation of Frédéric Neyrat’s Atopies, with Lindsay Turner, will be published by Fordham University Press. His research and teaching interests include critical global studies, Anglophone and Francophone poetry and poetics, translation studies, and twentieth-century and contemporary global literature.

Cameron Bushnell: Cameron Bushnell, Associate Chair and Associate Professor, English at Clemson University, works on global politics in aesthetic forms and in humanities and explores the intersections of postcoloniality, politics, and Western music. Her monograph, published by Routledge, is Postcolonial Readings of Music in World Literature: Turning Empire on its Ear (2013). Her second book project, Listening to Edward Said: Music, Exile, and Double Consciousness will investigate the discursive connections in Said’s writings between, on one hand, the cultural and aesthetic practices of Western classical music and, on the other hand, the political aspects of Palestinian self-determination to determine how the interchange of aesthetics and politics contributed to conditions necessary for the emergence of a new discipline of postcolonial studies.

Steven Grosby: Dr. Steven Grosby is a professor of Religious Studies. His areas of research include the ancient Near East, the Hebrew Bible, religion and nationalism, and social and political philosophy. He teaches courses on Judaism, the Old Testament and the ancient Near East.

Caroline Dunn: Dr. Caroline Dunn is a scholar of medieval Europe with a particular focus on women’s roles and social networks in late medieval England. For the Middle Eastern Studies minor she teaches a course titled Medieval Conquests and Crusades. The course focuses on interfaith relations in the Middle East and Spain and also explores religious motivations for conquest in Europe.

Elizabeth Carney: Dr. Elizabeth Carney teaches courses on the ancient world, and has a special interest in Alexander and ancient Macedonia. She also teaches courses on ancient Egypt. Her courses offerings include Egypt: In the Days of the Pharaohs; Egyptomania; Pharaohs of the Sun; a course on the Akhenathen period; etc. She has published on the role of brother-sister marriages in Ptolemaic Egypt and has recently authored a book titled Arsinoë Of Egypt and Macedon: A Royal Life (New York and Oxford 2013).