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Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (NELC)

Faculty of the Graduate Group

Graduate Studies in NELC are conducted under the auspices of the Graduate Group in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations. In the Graduate Group faculty, the Standing Faculty in the Department of NELC is augmented by archeologists, historians, art historians and specialists on religions of Near Eastern origin who share its focus on the primary sources of the Near East. Many emeritus faculty also continue to be active in working with students in the MA and PhD programs.

NELC faculty also hold close connections with the Penn Museum (which draws several of its curators from the faculty of NELC), the Middle East Center, the Center for Ancient Studies, the Program in Ancient History, the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, and the program in the Art & Archaeology of the Mediterranean World, among other programs and institutions.

 

     
Roger M.A. Allen Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations; Emeritus Sascha Jane Patterson Harvie Professor of Social Thought & Comparative Ethics (Modern Arabic Literature)
Dan Ben-Amos Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Folklore & Folklife (African, Jewish and Middle Eastern Folklore) dbamos@sas.upenn.edu
Paul M. Cobb Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Medieval Islamic History) pmcobb@sas.upenn.edu
Isabel Cranz Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Biblical Studies) icranz@sas.upenn.edu
Jamal Elias Class of 1965 Term Professor of Religious Studies (Islam, Sufism, visual culture) jjelias@sas.upenn.edu
Huda Fakhreddine Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations(Arabic Literature) hudaf@sas.upenn.edu
Talya Fishman Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History of the Medieval and Early Modern Periods) tfishman@sas.upenn.edu
Grant Frame Graduate Chair
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Assyriology and Ancient Near East)
gframe@sas.upenn.edu
Nili Gold Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Modern Hebrew Language & Literature) niligold@sas.upenn.edu
Renata Holod College of Women Class of 1963 Term Professor of History of Art, Curator of Islamic Art, Penn Museum (Islamic art) rholod@sas.upenn.edu
Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet Associate Professor of History (Modern Middle East, the Ottoman Empire, and Iran fks@history.upenn.edu
Joseph Lowry Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Medieval Islam, Islamic Law) elowry@sas.upenn.edu
Ian Lustick Bess W.Heyman Professor of Political Science (Middle Eastern Politics) ilustick@sas.upenn.edu
Holly Pittman Professor of History of Art; Curator, Near Eastern Sectio, Penn Museum (Ancient Near Eastern Art) hpittman@sas.upenn.edu
Annette Y. Reed Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Late Antique Religion) reedannel@sas.upenn.edu
Lauren Ristvet Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Near Eastern Archeology) lristvet@sas.upenn.edu
Heather Sharkey Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages (Modern Islamic History, Thought & Culture) hsharkey@sas.upenn.edu
David P. Silverman Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor of Egyptology; Curator, Egyptian Section, University Museum (Egyptology) dsilverm@sas.upenn.edu
Brian Spooner Professor of Anthropology; Curator, Near Eastern Section, Penn Museum (Iranian Studies, Middle Eastern Anthropology) spooner@sas.upenn.edu
Stephen J. Tinney Clark Research Associate Professor of Assyriology; Associate Curator, Babylonian Section, University Museum (Sumerian Language & Literature) stinney@sas.upenn.edu
Eve M.Troutt Powell Associate Professor of History (Middle Eastern History) troutt@sas.upenn.edu
Robert Vitalis Associate Professor of History (Middle Eastern History) rvitalis@sas.upenn.edu
Joseph W. Wegner Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations; Assistant Curator, Egyptian Section, University Museum (Egyptology, Egyptian Archaeology) jwegner@sas.upenn.edu
Steven Weitzman Professor of Religious Studies; Abraham M. Ellis Professor of Hebrew and Semitic Languages and Literatures Ella Darivoff; Director of the Katz Center of Advanced Judaic Studies wsteve@sas.upenn.edu
Richard L. Zettler Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations; Associate Curator-in-Charge, Near Eastern Section, Penn Museum, (Syro-Mesopotamian Archaeology) rzettler@sas.upenn.edu