Middle Eastern Studies


Middle Eastern Studies faculty hold appointments in several different departments. Contact information is listed with each professor. Click on a propfessor's name to be taken to their profile page.

Name Phone (216) Email Research Interests
Stephen C. Cory
Department of History
Associate Professor
216.687.6883 Early Modern Islamic World; Islamic Religion; Modern Middle East; Medieval Europe
Heba El-Attar
Department of Modern Languages
Assistant Professor
216.523.7174 Peninsular, Arabic and Latin American Literatures.
David R. Elkins
Department of Political Science
Associate Professor
Public Policy in Urban Communities, Urban Economic Development, Conflicts and Coalition Building, Taxation Policy.
Tama L. Engelking
Interim Director, Middle Eastern Studies - Chair, Department of Modern Languages
216.523.7175 French Women Writers,
Early Twentieth-Century Women Writers,
Feminist Criticsm,
French and Francophone Film,
Francophone Women Writers
Abed el-Rahman Tayyara
Department of Modern Languages
Assistant Professor
216.687.5138 History of Islam and the Middle East, Islamic Historiography, Classical Arabic Literature, the Transmission of Knowledge from Greek Culture to the Islam, Semitic Languages, and Byzantine History.
Neda A. Zawahri
Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor
216.687.4544 Conflict and Cooperation between Adversaries, International Institutions, Environmental Security, the Political Economy of Developing Nations, Middle East Politics, and South Asian Politics with focus on India and Pakistan.