The faculty within the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Program at the University of Louisville contribute to its strengths as an interdisciplinary program. Faculty members come from departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and their course offerings create an essential element of the MEIS Program.

Faculty Information

Information about the scholars who comprise the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at the University of Louisville.

The faculty within the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program at the University of Louisville contribute to its strengths as an interdisciplinary program.  Faculty members come from departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and their course offerings create an essential element of the MEIS Program.

Shereen Abdelhalim, Arabic

Brad Bowman, History

Greg Hutcheson, Classical and Modern Languages

Gul Marshall, Sociology

Justin McCarthy, History

Khaldoun Almousily, Arabic

Maryam Moazzen, Islamic Studies

Julie Peteet, Program Director, Anthropology

Melissa Taylor, History

Gregory Hutcheson, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages

Gregory Hutcheson, Ph.D., Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Gregory Hutcheson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages of Spanish.  He received his Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from Harvard University.  Dr. Hutcheson's specializations and research interests include medieval Iberian cultures early Spanish literature, inter-cultural relations in the Western Mediterranean, and the history of sexuality.

Contact Information:

Department of Modern Languages, Bingham Humanities Bldg, 323

Phone: 502-852-1635

Email: gshutch@louisville.edu

Gul Marshall, Ph.D., Department of Sociology

Gul Marshall, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology

Dr. Marshall is an Associate Professor of Sociology.  She teaches Sociology of Gender, Social Theory, Gender and Social Movements, Gender in the Middle East, and Women: International Perspective.  Her research interests are in the areas of gender, politics, social movements, and social policy.  Her articles on women’s movements and women’s rights in Turkey have been published in journals, such as Gender & Society and Social Politics, as well as in edited volumes.  Dr. Marshall’s current line of research highlights the significance of transnational feminist activism in influencing gender policies both at national and supranational levels.  She is the author of Shaping Gender Policy in Turkey: Grassroots Women Activists, the European Union, and the Turkish State (2013, SUNY Press).

Contact Information:

Department of Sociology, Lutz Hall

Phone: 502-852-8027

Email: gul.marshall@louisville.edu

Gul Marshall, Ph.D.

Gul Marshall, Ph.D.
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Justin McCarthy, Ph.D., Department of History

Justin McCarthy, Ph.D., Department of History

Dr. Justin McCarthy is a Distinguished Professor of History and came to U of L after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.   He is recognized nationally and internationally as the preeminent scholar in the field of Ottoman Empire history and the history of modern Turkey.  Dr. McCarthy has authored eleven books, including The Armenian Rebellion at Van.   Dr. McCarthy's MEIS course offerings include The Middle East 1453-Present, War in the Middle East, and further studies in Middle Eastern history.

Contact Information:

Department of History, Gottschalk Hall 301C

Phone: 502-852-3972

Email: jmc@louisville.edu

Julie Peteet, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology

Julie Peteet, Ph.D., Department of Anthropology






Dr. Julie Peteet is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the MEIS program.  Dr. Peteet received her Ph.D. from Wayne State University. She specializes in legal anthropology, the Middle East, displacement and refugees, gender, resistance and culture, transnationalism, and human rights.

Contact Information:

Department of Anthropology, Lutz Hall 239

Phone: 502-852-6864

Email: jpeteet@louisville.edu


Current research

Prof. Peteet’s newest book Space and Mobility in Palestine, (forthcoming University of Pennsylvania Press) argues that mobility is key to the elaboration and affirmation of place as spaces of particular forms of power, identity, and meaning in a contemporary settler-colonial context. Israeli policies of closure and separation, and their associated physical structures and bureaucratic requirements and procedures  (the wall, checkpoints, the road system and permits), dramatically constrain Palestinian mobility, impede their ability to construct and give meaning to place and are critical to opening up space to be reconfigured along new, and exclusionary, demographic lines of identity and affiliation. This book analyzes how Palestinians comprehend, experience, narrate, and respond to late modern Israeli colonialism with its relentless acquisition of land (and water), settlement building, and practices such as separation and closure, to spatially fracture and immobilize them. Several key concepts and processes are at play: a colonial occupation with a complex set of regulatory practices, the imposition of calibrated chaos, punishment and rule through the construction of spaces of disorder, the application of bio-metric technologies of surveillance and monitoring to control mobility and velocity, all of which rest upon the elaboration and management of social categories of difference along which the partitioning of and access to space is organized.

Spring 2014, Dr. Peteet was in Jordan on an NEH grant to work on “The Cultural Politics of Baths (hammamas).” This research project explored Turkish baths in Jordan in the context of cultural refashioning and its temporal dimension: in other words:  in what larger political and cultural context, is the revival of the hammamas unfolding, and why now? I posed a series of interrelated questions about the re-invigoration of a once nearly moribund cultural space and practice. Is this resurgence related to the cultural politics of Turkey’s new regional prominence as exemplified by their stance as political broker, a modern neo-liberal Islamic state, and their actions after the 2009 Gaza flotilla incident? In Jordan, there is a new interest in all things Turkish, from media and aesthetics to language and culture more broadly.  The revival of baths raises theoretical questions about cultural artifacts, heritage and aesthetics, memory, social practices and space, complex notions of hygiene and the body in Islam, neo-liberal consumption patterns, and regional cultural politics.

2014 IMES "Reacting to Refugee Crises in the Middle East" Conference introductory remarks by Dr. Julie Peteet

Selected Publications


Space and Mobility in Palestine. University of Pennsylvania Press. Forthcoming 2015.

Landscape of Hope and Despair: Palestinian Refugee Camps. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Gender in Crisis: Women and the Palestinian Resistance Movement. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991.

Articles in Journals:

"Beyond Compare".  Middle East Report 253(Winter), 2009.

"Unsettling the Categories of Displacement".  Middle East Report 244(Fall): 2-9, 2007.

"Problematizing a Palestinians Diaspora".  International Journal of Middle East Studies 39: 627-646, 2007.

"Icons and Militants: Mothering in the Danger Zones".  Signs: Journal of Women and Culture 23(1):103-129, 1997.

"The Writing on the Walls: The Graffiti of the Intifada".  Cultural Anthropology 11(2): 139-159, 1996.

"Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Occupied Territories: A Cultural Politics of Violence".  American Ethnologist 21(1):31-49, 1994.

Chapters in Books:

"The War on Terror, Dismemberment, and the Construction of Place: An Ethnographic Perspective from Palestine".  in A. Robbins (ed), Iraq at a Distance.  What Anthropologists Have to Say about the War in Iraq. University of Pennsylvania Press.  2010, pp. 80-105.

"Cartographic violence, displacement and refugee camps.  Palestine and Iraq".  in Knudsen & Sari Hanifi (eds.)  Palestinian Refugees in the Levant: Identity, Space and Place. Routledge, 2010.  pp. 13-28.

"Nationalism and Sexuality".  in Muge Gocek (ed.)  Social Constructions of Nationalism in the Middle East. New York: Syracuse University Press (2002).

"Gender and Sexuality: Belonging to the National and Moral Order".  in Hermeneutics and Honor: Negotiating Female "Public" Space in Islamic/ate Societies. A. Afsaruddin (ed.)  Cambridge: Harvard University Press (1999).

"Transforming Trust: Dispossession and Empowerment among Palestinian Refugees" in Trust and the Refugee Experience. E. Valentine Daniel & J. Knudsen (eds.)  Berkeley: University of California Press (1995).


Education: Wayne State University; American University of Beirut; University of California, Santa Barbara

Research Interests: Space, political violence, Palestine, resistance, refugees, human rights, the Middle East

    Dr. Peteet

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    Brad Bowman, Ph.D., Department of History

    Brad Bowman, Ph.D., Department of History

    Dr. Brad Bowman is an Assistant Professor of History and faculty member of the MEIS Program.

    Contact Information:

    Department of History, 101A Gottschalk Hall

    Phone: 502-852-1392

    Email: brad.bowman@louisville.edu

    Khaldoun Almousily, Arabic

    Khaldoun Almousily

    Mr. Almousily is the new instructor and program coordinator of Arabic language at UofL. He has been teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages since 2003. He taught Arabic at Western Kentucky University (October 2010 – June 2015). His efforts led to the building of the first major and minor in Arabic in the state of Kentucky. He is currently working on building the Arabic program at UofL on a larger scale.


    Mr. Almousily has extensive knowledge and experience in translation and interpreting here and abroad. He has interpreted at a large number of local, regional and international conferences for both government and private sectors in the field of human rights and refugee protection programs. He also works as a judicial Arabic/English translator and interpreter for the Administrative office of the courts on state and federal levels.

    Contact Information:

    Department of Modern Languages, Bingham Humanities Bldg, 329F


    Phone: 502-852-3926


    Shereen Abdelhalim, MA, Department of Classical and Modern Languages

    Shereen Abdelhalim, M.A., Modern Standard Arabic

    Shereen Abdelhalim is a lecturer in Modern Standard Arabic and a member of the MEIS program.  Ms. Abdelhalim received her Master’s degree from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Ms. Abdelhalim was a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in 2009-2010. She specializes in Arabic and English and foreign language acquisition.  

    Contact Information:

    Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Bingham Humanities Building Room 330B

    Email: smabde01@louisville.edu

    Maryam Moazzen, Ph.D., Division of Humanities

    Maryam Moazzen, Ph.D., Division of Humanities

    Following the completion of a doctorate in Persian Language and Literature at the University of Tehran, Maryam Moazzen received a second PhD in Islamic Studies in the department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto in 2011. Her forthcoming book entitled “Shi‘ite Higher Learning and the Role of the Madrasa-yi Sultani in Late Safavid Iran” is a systematic study of the Shi’ite higher learning in early modern times. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her area of specialization and research interests include Islamic intellectual and cultural history, classical through modern Middle Eastern literature, Shi‘ism and Sufism. She is currently researching problems and possibilities that modernity raised for Shi‘ite higher learning since 1800 to early twentieth century.

    Contact Information:

    Division of Humanities, Bingham Hall, 214B

    Phone: 502-852-3054

    Email: m.moazzen@louisville.edu

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