Susan B. Matheson
Bonnie Rose Schulman
Omer Bajwa is the Coordinator of Muslim Life. His interests include Islam in the United States, Islam and the global media, and transnational religious and intellectual networks. He engages in religious service, social activism, and educational outreach.
Office of International Affairs
Roberta (Robin) Dougherty is the Curator for the Near East Collection. She has a B.A. in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, and a Master of Information and Library Studies from the University of Michigan. She has most recently served as the Middle Eastern Studies Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin and has also held library posts at the American University in Cairo, Oxford University, the Library of Congress, and the University of Pennsylvania. She has an extensive record of publication and leadership in her field and the ability to work with Arabic, Persian, and Turkish materials. She has also studied ancient Egyptian and Coptic.
Ulla Kasten is the Associate Curator and Museum Editor of the Yale Babylonian Collection. She studied archaeology at the universities of Athens and Copenhagen and cultural history at Istanbul University.
Nanette Stahl is Curator for the Judaica Collection. She is responsible for giving focus and direction to the Judaica Collection, for locating rare and unusual items, and for assisting students, faculty, and visiting scholars.
Middle East Studies
Amaar Al-Hayder is the Administrator for CMES. He has a Bachelor degree in Agriculture from Baghdad University. He has also worked as a translator/Interpreter and a cultural advisor for several years in Iraq and the United States.
Bonnie Rose Schulman is Managing Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. Schulman previously worked for Columbia University’s Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies as Program Assistant and as Special Assistant to Senior Research Scholar Kenneth N. Waltz. She also served as Senior Editor of Columbia Journal of International Affairs. In 2008, Schulman received a Harold W. Rosenthal Fellowship in International Affairs to work at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe. She has studied Hebrew, Arabic, and Japanese. Schulman received a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.I.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has also studied at Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan and at the University of Judaism in Jerusalem, Israel.
Rabbi James Ponet is the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain and Head of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. He teaches a college seminar with Dr. Ruth Westheimer on “The Family in the Jewish Tradition,” and he and his wife, Elana, lead a weekly discussion in Slifka Dining Room on the value of peace in Jewish life and thought.