Suad Joseph

Suad Joseph is Professor of Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis and founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program. She also served as President of the Middle East Studies Association and as Associate Editor and co-founder of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Joseph’s research focuses on her native Lebanon and examines the politicization of religion; women in local communities; women, family and state; and questions of self, citizenship, and rights. She is founder and facilitator of the Arab Families Working Group, founder of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies, and founder and facilitator for the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California and Bir Zeit University Collaborative Initiative. Joseph is General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse University Press, 2000) and Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse University Press, 1999). Her co-edited books include Women and Power in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001) and Building Citizenship in Lebanon (Lebanese American University, 1999). She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University.

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