Suad Joseph

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Suad Joseph
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Dr. Suad Joseph, University of California, Davis
Born (1943-09-06) 6 September 1943 (age 73)
Lebanon
Academic background
Alma mater Columbia University
Academic work
Discipline Anthropologist
Sub discipline Women and Gender Studies
Institutions University of California, Davis
Notable works Arab Families Working Group,
Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture

Suad Joseph (born 6 September 1943). Dr. Joseph received her doctorate in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1975. Dr. Joseph is Professor of Anthropology[1] and Women and Gender Studies at the University of California, Davis and current President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.[2][3] Her research addresses issues of gender; families, children, and youth; sociology of the family; and selfhood, citizenship, and the state in the Middle East, with a focus on her native Lebanon.[4] Her earlier work focused on the politicization of religion in Lebanon.[5][6] Joseph is the founder of the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology (now the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association), the founder and coordinator of the Arab Families Working Group, the founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies, the General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, and the Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asian Studies Program at the University of California at Davis. She is also the founder and facilitator of a six-university consortium of the American University of Beirut, American University in Cairo, Lebanese American University, University of California at Davis, and Birzeit University Consortium.[5]

Early life[edit]

Born in Lebanon as the youngest of seven children. Joseph and four brothers and two sisters were taught to put schooling first by their parents who were unskilled laborers. Her mother, Rose Haddad Joseph, could not read or write. Joseph's parents were conservative and did not believe in allowing any of their daughters to leave home for school. If not for the presence of the State University of New York, Cortland, in the town where she grew up, Joseph said that she may not have been able to achieve an undergraduate education. She, however, did go on to complete graduate school, studying anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and then at Columbia University, where she achieved her doctoral degree in anthropology. She and all six of her siblings went on to achieve advance degrees.[7]

Arab Families Working Group[edit]

Joseph founded the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG) in 2001.[8][9] The organization is an international collective of sixteen scholars whose work focuses on families and youth in Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt and their diasporas.[10] AFWG, in addition to its research, undertakes capacity building to help prepare a new generation of scholars in Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt;[11][12][13] works with NGO’s and stakeholders to exchange research findings; and works to transform their research into policy briefs and papers for NGO’s and policy makers working with Arab families and youth.[14] They also are committed to translating their relevant works into Arabic to make their findings of use to the local public.

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures[edit]

Joseph is the founding and General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures (EWIC),[15][16] a six-volume interdisciplinary, transhistorical encyclopedia that examines the experiences of Muslim women globally as well as non-Muslim women in Islamic societies.[17] The print version was published between 2003 and 2007, and it includes 1,246 articles written by over one thousand scholars from around the world, covering 410 topics. EWIC also appears as a digital, searchable database EWIC Online: Brill that includes all six Print EWIC volumes, as well as two annual online supplements, adding 50 to 60 scholarly articles to the index each year.[18]

EWIC is the only encyclopedia that brings together research on women and Islamic cultures, in all humanities and social sciences disciplines, covering all topics for which scholarship can be found. EWIC works to survey all facets of life (art, music, literature, languages, film, dance, folklore, religious thought and practices, family systems, education, politics, economy, science, health, environment, and so forth) of women in cultures where Islam has played a significant role.[18] EWIC challenges the misrepresentation of women in Islamic societies and Muslim women around the world by publishing rigorous, original evidence-based research that is historically and culturally situated, and making it all available as an accessible digital resource.[19]

Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association[edit]

Joseph is the founder of the Middle East Research Group in Anthropology, which later evolved into the Middle East Section (MES) of the American Anthropological Association. MES brings together anthropologists with an interest in the peoples, cultures, and histories of the Middle East. Its membership is international, composed of anthropologists from diverse subdisciplines including sociocultural anthropology, medical anthropology, and archeology. As such, according to the website, MES is “uniquely poised to contribute to establishing and promoting public understanding and policy frameworks that accommodate the historical experience and sociocultural diversity of the peoples of the Middle East.”[20] MES scholars convene annually at the conference of the American Anthropological Association.

The Association for Middle East Women’s Studies[edit]

Joseph is the founder of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS)[21] and co-founder of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. AMEWS is an organization of scholars and individuals with an interest in women and gender studies in the context of the Middle East, North Africa, including their diasporic communities. AMEWS works to organize and sponsor conferences, workshops and symposia that encourage research and collaboration in these areas. AMEWS is affiliated with the Middle East Studies Association of North America. It produces the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS), which is published triennially by Indiana University Press. According to their website, JMEWS is "a venue for region-specific research informed by transnational feminist, gender, and sexuality scholarship," and encourages editors to submit work "that employs historical, ethnographic, literary, textual, and visual analyses and methodologies."[22]

Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis[edit]

Joseph is the Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program (ME/SA) at the University of California, Davis (2004–2009).[23][24] ME/SA meets the growing demand of students for courses to develop their understanding of this critical region.[25] Originally launched as an undergraduate minor program, ME/SA won a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2006 enabling it to add new courses including Arabic and Hindi/Urdu instruction, sponsor conferences and lectures, and launch a K-12 teacher training workshop. In the Fall of 2008, ME/SA launched its undergraduate Major, and by 2010, it had 30 affiliated faculty members, 20 teaching faculty members, and offered over 80 courses.[26] By 2011, ME/SA had won an endowment for a Visiting Lecturer from the PARSA Community Foundation to launch Iranian studies. ME/SA will offer a minor in Iranian Studies by 2014. In 2011 ME/SA also won a donor gift to assist in the development of an Arab Studies minor which it also plans to launch by 2014. Joseph led both of these efforts. According to the website, “As the only University of California campus with a minor and major in Middle East/South Asia Studies, UC Davis is a pioneer in the study of the Middle East and South Asia in relationship to each other.”[27]

American University of Beirut, American University in Cairo, Lebanese American University , University of California, Davis and Birzeit University Consortium[edit]

Joseph is the facilitator of the American University of Beirut, American University in Cairo, Lebanese American University,[28] University of California, Davis and Birzeit University Consortium, which she founded in 2011.[29] The five-university consortium organizes collaborative research among the scholars at these universities. Collaborations have included projects on water, law, gender, genetics, biotechnology, the environment, Middle East studies and other interdisciplinary research.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1976-78 Founding President, Middle East Research Group in Anthropology
  • 1985-87 Founding President, Association for Middle East Women’s Studies[30]
  • 1994 Distinguished Alumnus Award. Cortland College Alumni Association. State University of New York, Cortland[8]
  • 1997 Pro Femina Research Consortium, Outstanding Mentor Award
  • 2003 Lyceum Distinguished Scholar Award. Wichita State University
  • 2003 Sabbagh Distinguished Lecturer. University of Arizona
  • 2004 Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award, University of California, Davis[31]
  • 2004 Founding Director, Middle East/South Asian Studies Program[32]
  • 2009-12 Named Endowed Lecture Series: Suad Joseph Iranian Studies Lecture Series, University of California, Davis
  • 2010 Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Distinguished Lecturer, UCLA[17]
  • 2010-2011 President, Middle East Studies Association of North America
  • 2012 Chancellor's Achievement Award for Diversity and Community by the University of California, Davis.[33]
  • 2011-13 President, Arab American Studies Association
  • 2014 UC Davis Prize (excellence in teaching award)

Selected publications[edit]

Encyclopedia[edit]

  • Joseph, Suad, General Ed. 2003-2007. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. 6 vols. Leiden: Brill.[34]
  • −−−, General Ed. 2010. Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures EWIC Online. Supplement I. Leiden: Brill.

Edited and co-edited books[edit]

  • Joseph, Suad and Barbara L.K. Pillsbury, eds. 1978. Muslim-Christian Conflicts: Economic, Political and Social Origins. Boulder, CO.: Westview Press.
  • Moubarak, Walid, Antoine Messarra, and Suad Joseph, eds. 1999. Building Citizenship in Lebanon. Beirut: Lebanese American University Press. (In Arabic).
  • Joseph, Suad, ed. 1999. Intimate Selving in Arab Families: Gender, Self and Identity. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
  • Hamadeh, Najla, Jean Said Makdisi, and Suad Joseph, eds. 1999. Gender and Citizenship in Lebanon. Beirut: Dar al Jadid Press. (In Arabic).
  • Joseph, Suad, ed. 2000. Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
  • Joseph, Suad and Susan Slyomovics. 2001. Women and Power in the Middle East. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.[35]

Book chapters[edit]

  • Joseph, Suad (2005), "The kin contract and citizenship in the Middle East", in Friedman, Marilyn, Women and citizenship, Studies in Feminist Philosophy, Oxford New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 130–145, ISBN 9780195175356. [36]
  • Joseph, Suad; D’Harlingue, Benjamin; Wong, Ka Hin (2008), "Arab Americans and Muslim Americans in the New York Times, before and after 9/11", in Jamal, Amaney; Naber, Nadine, Race and Arab Americans before and after 9/11: from invisible citizens to visible subjects, Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, pp. 229–275, ISBN 9780815631774. 
  • Joseph, Suad (2008), "Familism and critical Arab family studies", in Young, Kathryn; Rashad, Hoda, Family in the Middle East: ideational change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia, London New York: Routledge, pp. 25–39, ISBN 9780415774864. 

Journal articles[edit]

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