Program Committee

Rogaia AbusharafRogaia Mustafa Abusharaf is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and author of Transforming Displaced Women in Sudan: Politics and the Body in a Squatter Settlement (University of Chicago Press, 2009); Female Circumcision: Multicultural Perspectives (Ed.). (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006) and Wanderings (Cornell University Press, 2002). She is the editor of 2010 special issue of South Atlantic Quarterly (Duke University Press). 



Talal Al-EmadiTalal Al-Emadi is the convener of Oil and Gas Law and Health Law courses at Qatar University. He focuses on how the law interacts with the important things in petroleum investment: not just profit, but trust and long-term relationship between Qatar and international oil and gas companies. He is a registered lawyer in the Qatari Bar. He was seconded from QU to the Emiri Diwan as a legal counselor for the minister of State for council of ministers affairs. He was the first Qatari to receive a doctorate degree in law (DPhil) from the University of Oxford.  



Uday ChandraUday Chandra is an Assistant Professor of Government. He received his B.A. in economics from Grinnell College and his PhD in political science from Yale University in 2013. Uday's research lies at the intersection between critical agrarian studies, political anthropology, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies He is interested in state-society relations, power and resistance, political violence, agrarian change, rural-urban migration, popular religion, and the philosophy of the social sciences. Uday's work has been published in the Law & Society ReviewSocial Movement StudiesNew Political ScienceThe Journal of Contemporary Asia, and Contemporary South Asia.



Firat OrucFirat Oruc is Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He received his Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University in 2010. His teaching specialties include contemporary global literature, 20th century Anglophone writing, literatures of the Middle East, and world cinema. His scholarly interests center on the intersections of cultural globalization and transnationalism, postcolonial studies, world literature theory, and translation studies. Dr. Oruc will serve as the faculty chair of the Certificate in Arab and Regional Studies (CARS) during the 2014-2015 academic year.


M. Reza PirbhaiM. Reza Pirbhai is an Associate Professor, specializing in South Asian and World history. His research is focused on Islam in Modern South Asia. He earned a doctorate in History from the University of Toronto in 2004. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown he was Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University. His articles/book chapters on such topics as Islamic law and theology, Hindu nationalism and British travel literature have appeared in the Journal of Asian History, Modern Intellectual History, and South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. He is also the author of a book titled Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context, published by E.J. Brill (2009), and is currently researching and writing a book on Gender and Muslim Nationalism in Pakistan.

Daniel WestbrookDaniel Westbrook received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1978 and joined the faculty at Georgetown at that time. He joined the School of Foreign Service in Qatar in 2008. His current research interests focus on applied micro-econometrics in economic development and on Vietnam. Professor Westbrook regularly teaches micro-economic principles, international trade, globalization, environmental economics, economic statistics and econometrics.


Mohamed ZayaniMohamed Zayani is an Associate Professor of Critical Theory at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He is also an Affiliate Faculty with the Communication, Culture and Technology Graduate Program and a Fellow with the Center for Regional and International Studies. His works include Reading the Symptom (1999), Arab Satellite Television and Politics in the Middle East (2004), The Al Jazeera Phenomenon: Critical Perspectives on New Arab Media (2005) and The Culture of Al Jazeera: Inside an Arab Media Giant (2007).