Meet Our Faculty

Abhishek Amar

Abhishek Amar, Associate Professor of Religious Studies

B.A., Dyal Singh College; M.A. and M.Phil., Jawaharlal Nehru University; Ph.D., University of London
Areas of expertise: archaeological history of South Asian religions, especially Buddhist and Hindu traditions; research in themes of inter-religious dynamics, syncretism and religious transformation; colonialism and reconfigurations of sacred centers; and religion and water management in the Buddhist and Hindu traditions
Erol Balkan

Erol Balkan, Professor of Economics

B.A. and M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton
Areas of expertise: formation of middle classes in developing countries, effects of short-term capital flows on the Turkish economy and economic development, international finance and political economy of the Middle East
Kira Jumet

Kira Jumet, Assistant Professor of Government

A.B., Brown University; M.A. The American University in Cairo; M.A., Rutgers University; Ph.D. Rutgers University
Areas of expertise: comparative politics, international relations, Middle East politics
Shoshana Keller

Shoshana Keller, Professor of History

B.A., Carleton College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University
Areas of expertise: Russian and Soviet history, Central Eurasian history, and history of the modern Middle East
Usman Hamid

Usman Hamid, Instructor in Asian Studies

B.A., M.A., McGill University
Areas of expertise: History of Islam in South Asia, specializing in Sultanate and Mughal India; Muslim devotional traditions, material culture, and gender and sexuality; history of pre-modern Iran and Persian culture
Mireille  Koukjian

Mireille Koukjian, Visiting Instructor in Arabic

B.Ed., St. Joseph University; M.Sc., St. Joseph University; M.A., Maxwell School, Syracuse University
Areas of expertise: foreign-language education, specifically Arabic and the integration of storytelling into language learning

Edward Walker, the Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Global Political Theory Emeritus (retired)

A.B., Hamilton College; M.A., Boston University
Areas of expertise: Middle East, State Department Middle East management, U.S. foreign policy decision making, U.N. Security Council, peacekeeping and peacemaking, global trends and threats, terrorism, tools of diplomacy and cultural diplomacy

Contact Information

Middle East and Islamic World Studies Program

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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