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Suad Joseph ’66

Suad Joseph ’66An anthropologist whose groundbreaking research in her native Lebanon has focused on the politicization of religion and the status of women, Dr. Suad Joseph ’66 is the founding director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at University of California at Davis.

She founded the Arab Families Working Group, consisting of 16 scholars undertaking comparative, interdisciplinary research on Arab families in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the U. S. She served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North American from 2010 to 2011 and is the founding general editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures.

Joseph graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Cortland and earned a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University.