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Full-Time Faculty 


Elinson newAlexander Elinson
Office: 1304 Hunter West
Phone: (212) 772-5044
Elinson Publications 

Alexander Elinson, Associate Professor of Arabic and Head of the Arabic Program. He received his M.A. (1998) from the University of Washington in Seattle and his Ph.D. (2004) from Columbia University. He is the author of Looking Back at al-Andalus: the poetics of loss and nostalgia in medieval Arabic and Hebrew Literature as well as articles, reviews and translations on the Arabic and Hebrew strophic poem (zajal and muwashshah), rhymed prose narrative (maqama), and modern Arabic poetry and narrative in numerous peer-reviewed journals. His translations include A Beautiful White Cat Walks with Me and A Shimmering Red Fish Swims with Me by Youssef Fadel, Hot Maroc by Yassin Adnan, and History of Ash by Khadija Marouazi.


Christopher Stone
Office: 1303 Hunter West
Stone Publications

Christopher Stone is Associate Professor of Arabic. He received his M.A. (1995) and Ph.D. (2002) in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University where he specialized in Arabic language, literature and culture. His dissertation received the Malcolm Kerr Dissertation Award for the Humanities from the Middle East Studies Association in 2003, and the book based on it -- Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: Fairouz and the Rahbani Nation -- was a Middle East Report Editor's Pick. In the spring of 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar to Egypt where he started his current project on Egyptian popular culture, a project he continued as an NEH Fellow at the American Research Center in Egypt in 2013. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES).


Part-Time Faculty


Hager Abouelkhair
Office:  1430 Hunter West

Hager Abouelkhair is an adjunct lecturer of Arabic at Hunter College.  Over the course of thirteen years, she has taught and developed curricula for beginner, intermediate and advanced Arabic as well as Arab civilization classes.  She has taught both heritage and non-heritage speakers of Arabic at various CUNY colleges.  Hager has an MA in International Affairs from Brooklyn College, CUNY with concentration in media and politics in the Middle East. She received her first BA in Literature from Cairo University and a second degree from Hunter College, where she majored in media studies and minored in English.


Deeadra Brown

Deeadra Brown
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Deeadra Brown is an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at City College in literature and writing. She has taught Palestinian, Israeli, Arab, and Arab-American literature classes. She has extensive experience teaching writing intensive courses in specialized areas such as the sciences and social sciences and has an MFA in creative writing from City College, CUNY. Her photos, poetry, and book and film reviews have appeared in journals and publications.


Terri Ginsberg
Office: 1430 Hunter West

Terri Ginsberg is an internationally recognized scholar of Arab and Palestine cinema. She has taught cinema and media studies at colleges and universities in North America and the Middle East, most recently at The American University in Cairo, and Concordia University in Montreal, and is currently Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the International Association of Middle Eastern Studies (IAMES). She has helped foster Arab film and media studies through active involvement in numerous scholarly academic organizations such as SCMS, NECS, IAMES, and MEMIC. Her recent publications include the monograph Films of Arab Loutfi and Heiny Srour (2021), the co-edited collection Cinema of the Arab World (2020), and the multi-authored volume Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema (2020). She is also co-editor of the scholarly book seriesCinema and Media Cultures in the Middle East (Peter Lang). She is presently completing a co-edited collection on critical genealogies of international film education. Her co-edited special issue of Journal of Contemporary Iraq and the Arab World is forthcoming.  


Iman Meiki
Office: 1430 Hunter West


Irene Siegel
Office: 1430 Hunter West


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