Aysen Eren is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Environmental Sciences at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research focuses on governance and systematic changes associated with small-scale hydropower production in the Ikizdere Valley, Turkey.
Asaf Ziderman is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Tel Aviv University in Israel. His research project is “An Action and Dialogue in Martin Buber's Thought: The Implications of a Dialogical Theory of Action for Contemporary Philosophy and Jewish Studies.”
Hassan A. Barari is a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Middle East Studies in Fall 2013. He is working on a new book on political reform and the dynamics of instability in Jordan. Prior to this, he was an associate professor of Middle East politics at the University of Jordan and at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He also served as a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) based in Washington, D.C. for the year 2006-07. He has written extensively on Middle Eastern politics, democracy, political Islam, and the Arab-Israeli conflict and the peace process. His most recent books include Israelism, Arab Scholarship on Israel: A Critical Assessment (London: Ithaca, 2009). He is a columnist for the English Jordan Times daily in Jordan. He is also a frequent commentator for key Arab and international TV stations.
Joanna de Groot is a Visiting Fellow in Iranian Studies for 2013-14. Professor de Groot has interests in three main areas. Her initial research into the social history of Iran in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries has led to work on various aspects of social, political and cultural change in Iran in that period, and their relation to developments elsewhere in the Middle East, in Europe and in North America. This has involved the comparative study of issues such as modernisation, popular political movements, and the interactions of material and cultural change, drawing on European and American experiences to illumine those in the Middle East, and equally importantly vice versa. It has also stimulated her work on histories of race, empire, ethnicity and nationalism, and in particular on the role of global and colonial relationships in the formation of communities, classes and nations in India, Europe and the Middle East.
Sallama Shaker is Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies and Middle East Studies (2008-present). In 2010–11, she taught “Religion, Middle East Politics, and Conflict Resolution,” “Religion, Cultural Diversity, Globalization and Gender” and “Religion and the Feminization of Poverty.”
Sallama Shaker was the first appointed woman Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Americas in the history of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Cultural, Educational Relations, Technical Cooperation, and Dialogue for Egypt in September of 2004. For four years prior to that, she was Egypt’s ambassador to Canada. She has held several positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Deputy Minister for North and Latin America, Advisor to the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs on Egyptian/American Relations and NATO, First Secretary at the office of the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, and attaché at the Soviet Desk within the ministry. From 1985-1990, Dr. Shaker served as the Consul General at the Egyptian Embassy in Washington, D.C. She has also served as Economic and Political Counselor at the Embassy in Turkey, as well as Cultural and Political attaché at the Embassy of Egypt in Malta.
Dr. Shaker began her education at the American College for Girls in Cairo, Egypt. She went on to earn her B.Sc. in Political Economy at Cairo University. She holds two Masters Degrees in Political Economy and Economics, from Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics/Malta University respectively. In 1993 she received her Ph.D. in International Development from American University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Shaker was a Senior Associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center from 1992-1994, where she did research on the impact of the first Gulf War on the economies of Egypt and Turkey.
Dr. Shaker has published many articles on the issues of peace and development in the Middle East. Additional papers include “Building Peace in the Middle East,” “Feminization of Poverty,” “Women in Islam,” “Diversity in Islam,” and “Inter-faith Respect.” She has published a book entitled State Society and Privatization in Turkey, and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Turkish and Maltese.
Yuval Sinai is a Schusterman Visiting Professor with the Program in Judaic Studies and the Council on Middle East Studies and Senior Research Scholar of Law at Yale Law School (2013-2014). He will teach Modern Applications of Jewish Law at the State of Israel in Fall 2013, and Jewish Law in a Multicultural and Pluralistic Society - Law and Religion in Spring 2014. His research interests are Jewish law, comparative law, Law and Religion. He has published two books: The Judge and the Judicial Process In Jewish Law (Hebrew University of Jerusalem Press, 2009) (Heb.); Applications of Jewish Law in the Israeli Courts (The Israel Bar-Publishing House, Tel Aviv, 2009) (Heb.); and over 25 articles in these areas. Professor Sinai’s other appointments include Associate Professor of Law, and Director of the Center for the Application of Jewish Law (ISMA), Law School, Netanya Academic College, and Visiting Professor at the Bar Ilan Law School (Israel), and he has formerly been a Visiting Professor at McGill University, Canada (2007-2008).
Yale World Fellows
Mohamed Elfayoumy (Egypt), Consul/ Political officer, Embassy of Egypt in Damascus; Linda Vester Yale World Fellow. Elfayoumy is an Egyptian diplomat serving as his government’s representative to the Syrian Opposition. He previously served in the Egyptian Embassy in Syria and was instrumental in evacuating thousands of Egyptian nationals from Syria during the conflict in 2011-12. He is also active in a number of civil society organizations working toward the political development of Egypt.
Diala Khamra (Jordan), Founder and Board Member, Justice Center for Legal Aid. Khamra is founder of the Justice Center for Legal Aid, based in Amman, Jordan. She is also a private consultant focusing on broad issues related to rule of law and governance, and has worked with USAID, the World Bank, and the Basel Institute on Governance in Switzerland.
Raheela Khan (UAE and Pakistan), Assistant Manager Treasury and Investments, Doha Bank. Khan is Assistant Manager of Treasury and Investments for Doha Bank, one of Qatar’s largest banks. A Pakistani citizen based in Dubai, she manages a portfolio in excess of US$600 million. Previously, Khan was instrumental in transforming the investment culture in Pakistan through senior roles at institutions such as the Pakistan Mercantile Exchange. She is passionate about social welfare and has launched a number of charitable programs in Pakistan.
Sawsan Zaher (Israel), Director of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights Unit, Adalah: the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. Zaher is the Director of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Unit of Adalah: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and a leading voice for the rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel. As a human rights lawyer, she has litigated precedent-setting constitutional law cases before the Israeli Supreme Court, fighting for justice and equality for men and women.