Lila Abu-Lughod is the Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University and teaches in the Department of Anthropology and at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. A former MEI Director, she is a leading voice in debates about gender, Islam, and global power. Her most recent books include Nakba: Palestine, 1948 and the Claims of Memory (co-edited with Ahmad H. Sa'di), Do Muslim Women Need Saving? and a thirtieth anniversary edition of Veiled Sentiments.
Gil Anidjar is Professor in the Departments of Religion and of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS). He is the author of ‘Our Place in al-Andalus’: Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature in Arab Jewish Letters; The Jew, the Arab: A History of the Enemy; Semites: Race, Religion, Literature; and Blood.
Marwa Elshakry is Associate Professor in the Department of History and specializes in the history of science, technology, and medicine in the modern Middle East. She is the author of Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950.
Katherine Pratt Ewing is Professor of Religion, Director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and the Coordinator of the Program in the South Asia Institute. Her books include Arguing Sainthood: Modernity, Psychoanalysis and Islam; Stolen Honor: Stigmatizing Muslim Men in Berlin and the edited volumes Shariat and Ambiguity in South Asian Islam and Being and Belonging: Muslim Communities in the US since 9/11.
Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His most recent work includes Shi’ism: A Religion of Protest; The Arab Spring: The End of Postcolonialism; Corpus Anarchicum: Political Protest, Suicidal Violence, and the Making of the Posthuman Body; The World of Persian Literary Humanism; Being A Muslim in the World; and Can Non-Europeans Think?
Najam Haider is Associate Professor in the Department of Religion at Barnard College. His research interests include early Islamic history, the methodology and development of Islamic law, and Shi‘ism. He is the author of two books, The Origins of the Shi‘a and Shī‘ī Islam.
Rashid Khalidi is the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies, formerly the chair of the History department and a former MEI Director. He is the author of award winning books including: Brokers of Deceit: How the U.S. has Undermined Peace in the Middle East, winner of the Lionel Trilling Book Award and the MEMO Book Award and Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness, winner of the Middle East Studies Association’s Albert Hourani Prize for best book of 1997.
Timothy Mitchell is the William B Ransford Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and department Chair MESAAS. Mitchell’s first book Colonising Egypt, has been influential in fields as diverse as anthropology, history, law, philosophy, cultural studies, and art history. He is also the author of Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity and Carbon Democracy.