Scholars

Scholars of AIYS Scholars-to-Scholars Program

The following is a list of scholars who are willing to collaborate or be in contact with Yemeni scholars inside Yemen. Please contact the scholar directly.

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ADRA, Najwa

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Highest degree:  Temple University, Anthropology, 1983

Current Position: Independent scholar

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:
2016 Tribal Mediation and Empowered Women: Potential Contributions of Heritage to National Development in Yemen. International Journal of Islamic Art 5(2):301-337.

2013 - 2014 Women and Peacebuilding in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities. Policy Brief, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre (NOREF). Available online: http://www.peacebuilding.no/Regions/Middle-East-and-North-Africa/The-Gulf/Publications/Women-and-peacebuilding-in-Yemen-challenges-and-opportunities

2011 Tribal Mediation in Yemen and Its Implications to Development. AAS Working Papers in Social Anthropology, 19:1-17. Available online: http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/wpsainhalt?frames=yes

2008 Learning through Heritage, Literacy through Poetry. Adult Education and Development, 70. Available online in English, French and Spanish: http://www.dvv-international.de/index.php?article_id=731&clang=1

2009 Steps to an Ethnography of Dance. In Viewpoints: Visual Anthropologists at Work, Mary Strong and Laena Wilder, eds. Pp. 229-253. Austin: University of Texas.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Dance, Development in Yemen, Education, Folklore (Intangible Heritage), Gender and Sexuality, Tribalism and Customary law



BRANDT, Marieke

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Highest degree: Ph.D., Cultural Sciences at the Humboldt University of Berlin (Institute for Cultural History and Theory), 2004

Current Position: Postdoc

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:
2017     Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict. London: Hurst/Oxford University Press.

2016    ‘Heroic History, Disruptive Genealogy: Al-Ḥasan al-Hamdānī and the Historical Formation of the Shākir Tribe (Wāʾilah and Dahm) in al-Jawf, Yemen,’ Medieval Worlds 3/2016, pp. 116-145.

2014    ‘Inhabiting Tribal Structures: Leadership Hierarchies in Tribal Upper Yemen (Hamdān & Khawlān b. ʿĀmir),’ in South Arabia Across History: Essays in Memory of Walter Dostal, Vienna: Verlag der ÖAW.

2013    ‘Sufyān’s ‘Hybrid’ War: Tribal Politics During the Ḥūthī Conflict,’ Journal of Arabian Studies 3/1, pp. 120-138, DOI: 10.1080/21534764.2013.802942.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, History (20th Century), Tribalism and Customary Law



KHALIDI, Lamya

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Highest degree: PhD, Archaeology, 2006

Current Position: Tenured researcher with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), CEPAM, University of Nice, Sophia-Antipolis

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2013  Khalidi, L., Gratuze, B., Inizan, M.-L., Crassard, R. “Considering the Arabian Neolithic through a reconstitution of nascent interregional obsidian distribution spheres in the region”. Arabian Archaeology and Epigraphy 24: 59-67.

2012  Khalidi, L., Lewis, K., Gratuze, B.,  “New perspectives on regional and interregional obsidian circulation in prehistoric and early historic Arabia”. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 42: 1-22.

2011  Khalidi, L. and Keall, E.J.  “Late prehistoric standing stones of the Tihamah coastal plain, Yemen: cumulative review” in Pierres levées, stèles anthropomorphes et dolmens; Standing Stones, Anthropomorphic Stelae, and Dolmens. T. Steimer-Herbet (ed.). BAR Series 2317. Oxford, Lyon : Archaeopress – Maison de l’Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux (MOM), pp. 145-158.

2010  Khalidi, L., Oppenheimer, C., Gratuze, B., Boucetta, S., Sanabani, A., Mosabi, A.  “Obsidian sources in highland Yemen and their relevance to archaeological research in the Red Sea region”. Journal of Archaeological Science 37 (2010): 2332-2345.

2010  Lewis, K., Khalidi, L., Eisenberger, B., Sanabani, A. “Mapping Masna’at Maryah: Using GIS to reconstruct the development of a multi-period site in the highlands of Yemen” in Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies 40: 213-226. Oxford: Archaeopress.​​

2009  Khalidi, L. “Holocene Obsidian Exchange in the Red Sea Region” in The Evolution of Human Populations in Arabia: Paleoenvironments, Prehistory and Genetics, M. D. Petraglia and J. I. Rose (eds.). New York: Springer Academic Publishers, pp. 279-291.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Archaeology, Geology, Tihama



KLOSS, Magdalena Moorthy

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Highest degree: M.Sc. in Anthropology and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2009

Current Position: Doctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences
Dissertation topic: Slavery in Medieval Yemen (focus: coastal areas, ca. 12th-15th centuries)

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Biography, Gender and Sexuality, History (early Islamic in Yemen), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Migration and Diaspora, Politics and Political Science, Sociology, Tihama, Travelers, Islamic and Western, Tribalism and Customary Law


LENZ, Lisa

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Highest degree: MA, University of Vienna

Current Position: PhD researcher

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Gender and Sexuality, Geography, Geology, History (20th century), Migration and disaspora, Social media (including internet), Sociology, Tribalism and Customary Law

 


LIEBHABER, Sam

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Highest degree: Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, Near Eastern Studies (Arabic Literature)

Current Position: Associate Professor of Arabic, Middlebury College

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

•    The Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn: Introduction and Commentary by Sam Liebhaber. Ardmore: The American Institute for Yemeni Studies, 2011.
•    “From Minority to Majority: Inscribing the Mahra and Touareg into the Arab Nation” in Minorities and the Modern Arab World: New Perspectives. Edited by Laura Robson.  Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2016: 140-150.
•    “Mahri Oral Poetry and Arabic Nabaṭi Poetry: Common core, divergent outcomes.” Arabian Humanities 5 (2015): https://cy.revues.org/2973
•    “Rhetoric, Rite of Passage and the Multilingual Poetics of Arabia: A Thematic Reading of the Mahri Tribal Ode.”  Journal of Middle Eastern Literatures 16/2 (2013): 118-146.
•    “The Ḥumaynī Pulse Moves East: Yemeni Nationalism Meets Mahri Sung Poetry.” British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 38/2 (2011): 249-265.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? yes

Research Interests: Folklore (intangible heritage), Literature (novels, etc.), Mahra, Poetry, Socotra, South Arabic.

 

MAHONEY, Daniel

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Highest degree: Ph.d. The​ University of Chicago, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 2014

Current Position: Researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2016 “The Political Agency of Kurds as an Ethnic Group in Late Medieval South Arabia,” Medieval Worlds 3: 146-157.

2016  “The Political Construction of a Tribal Genealogy from Early Medieval South Arabia,” in Meanings of Community across Medieval Eurasia, E. Hovden, C. Lutter, and W. Pohl (eds.), 163-182. Leiden: Bril.

2916 “Ceramic Production in the Yemeni Central Highlands during the Islamic Period,” in Landscapes of the Islamic World: Archaeology, History, and Ethnography, S. McPhllips and P. Wordsworth (eds.), 129-142. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

2014 “Cultural Heritage and Identity Politics in Early Medieval South Arabia,” in Southwest Arabia across History: Essays to the Memory of Walter Dostal, A. Gingrich and S. Haas (eds.), 67-78. Vienna: Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

2014 The Political Landscape of the Yemeni Central Highlands during the Late Medieval and Early Modern Periods. PhD. Thesis. University of Chicago, 2014.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture, Biography (including tabaqat literature), Gender and Sexuality, Geography, History (pre-Islamic), History (early Islamic in Yemen), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), History (Zaydi), History (Ottoman periods), History (20th century), Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Travelers (Islamic and Western), Tribalism and Customary Law



MARGARITI, Roxani

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Highest degree: Princeton, Near Eastern Studies, 2002

Current Position: Associate Professor, Emory University

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:
2007  Aden and the Indian Ocean Trade: 150 Years in the Life of a Medieval Arabian Port (Durham: UNC Press.

 

2012  “An Ocean of Islands: Islands, Insularity, and the Historiography of the Indian Ocean.” In The Sea: Thalassography and Historiography, edited by Peter Miller, 198-229. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Archaeology, Architecture, Biography, Botany (and medicinal plants), Coffee, Geography, History (early Islamic in Yemen). History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), History (Zaydi), History (Ottoman periods), Islam in Yemen, Socotra, Travelers (Islamic and Western)



MILLER, Flagg

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Highest degree: PhD., The University of Michigan, Linguistic Anthropology, 2001

Current Position: Professor of Religious Studies, The University of California (Davis, CA)

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2007  The Moral Resonance of Arab Media: Audiocassette Poetry and Culture in Yemen (Harvard University Middle Eastern Monographs series).  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2002  “Metaphors of Commerce: Trans-valuing Tribalism in Yemeni Audiocassette Poetry,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, 34(1): 29-57. (2002)

2002  "Public Words and Body Politics: Reflections on the Strategies of Women Poets in Rural Yemen," Journal of Women's History, 14(1): 94-122. (2002)

2005 Entries for “Yemen,” “Aden,” and “Sanaa” in Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, vol.2: Locations. Continuum Press, United Kingdom, 2005.

2015 The Audacious Ascetic: What the bin Laden Tapes Reveal about Al-Qa`ida (Hurst & Company / Oxford University Press / Hachette India), 2015.​​

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  Not in writing.  Spoken Arabic is fine.

Research Interests: Anthropology, Islam in Yemen, Poetry, Politics and Political Science, Social Media (including Internet)



PEUTZ, Nathalie

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Highest degree: Ph.D., Princeton University, Anthropology 2009

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Program in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2013 Targeted Women and Barred Development in Socotra, Yemen. Arabian Humanities. International Journal of Archaeology and Social Sciences in the Arabian Peninsula 1 (online). URL:http://cy.revues.org/1991.

2012 "Revolution in Socotra: a Perspective from Yemen’s Periphery." Middle East Report. Middle East Review and Information Project (MERIP). 263: 14–20.

2011 “Shall I Tell You What Soqotra Once Was?”: World Heritage and Sovereign Nostalgia in Yemen’s Soqotra Archipelago. Transcontinentales: Sociétés, idéologies, système mondial. (Special Issue: The Land Rush: transnational strategies for land grabbing.) No. 10/11. URL: http://transcontinentales.revues.org/1135


2011 Bedouin “Abjection”: World Heritage, Worldliness, and Worthiness at the Margins of Arabia. American Ethnologist 38 (2): 338–360.

2008 Reorienting Heritage: Poetic Exchanges between Suqutra and the Gulf. Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée 121-122: 163–182.

2007 Out-laws: Deportees, Desire, and ‘The Law.’ International Migration (Special Issue: “Illegal” and “Irregular” Migrants' Lived Experiences of Law and State Power.) 45 (3): 182–191.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes, but over phone or skype rather than in writing

Research Interests: Anthropology, Arabic dialects in Yemen, Development in Yemen, Environmental Issues (water, deforestation, etc.), Folklore (intangible heritage), Gender and Sexuality, History (20th century), Mahra, Migration and disaspora, PDRY, Poetry, Socotra


PHILLIPS, Sarah

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Highest degree: Ph.D., Political Science and international Relations, Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies, Australian National University, 2008

Current Position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Government and International Relations, The University of Sydney.

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2017  “The norm of state-monopolised violence from a Yemeni perspective” in Charlotte Epstein (Ed.) Against International Relations Norms: Postcolonial Perspectives, Routledge ‘Worlding Beyond the West’ Series (forthcoming May 2017).
2016  “Questioning Failure, Stability and Risk in Yemen” in Mehran Kamrava (ed.) Fragile Politics: Weak States in the Greater Middle East (London: Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2016).
2015  “Assisting al-Qaeda” Foreign Affairs, 30 August 2015.
2011  Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis (London: Routledge – The Adelphi Series).
2008  Yemen’s Democracy Experiment in Regional Perspective: Patronage and Pluralized Authoritarianism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? With assistance - it’s been a while, and I am rusty (particularly over the phone).

Research Interests: Development in Yemen, Politics and Political Science



TAMINIAN, Lucine

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Highest degree: PhD, Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2001

Current Position: Senior Researcher, The Academic Research Institute in Iraq

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2002 "San`a'." In M. Ember and C. Ember (eds.). Encyclopedia of Urban Cultures Cities and Cultures around the World. Grolier. Vol. 4: 111-117

1999 "Persuading the Monarchs: Poetry and Politics in Yemen."  In R. Leveau, F. Mermier, and U. Steinbach (eds.) Yemen in the Arabian Peninsula. Paris: Karthala.

1998 "Rimbaud's House at Aden: Giving Voice(s) to the Silent Poet."  Cultural Anthropology 13 (4): 464-490.

1997  "The Self and the Other: The Absence of Dialogue."  In L. Taminian (ed.) Yemen as Viewed by the Other: Anthropological Studies. San`a': The American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  (In Arabic).

1997  "Women's Studies or Feminism? Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Women in Yemen."  In L. Taminian (ed.) Images of Yemeni Women in Western Social Studies. San`a': The American Institute for Yemeni Studies.  (In Arabic). 1997

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Yes

Research Interests: Agriculture and Irrigation, Anthropology, Literature (novels, etc.), Poetry

 



UM, Nancy

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Highest degree: PhD, Islamic Art and Architectural History, UCLA

Current Position: Associate Professor, Art History, Binghamton University

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2017  Shipped but not Sold: Material Culture and the Social Protocols of Trade during Yemen’s Age of Coffee, Perspectives on the Global Past Series. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press.

2009  The Merchant Houses of Mocha: Trade and Architecture in an Indian Ocean Port, Donald R. Ellegood International Publications. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

2015 “Chairs, Writing Tables, and Chests: Indian Ocean Furniture and the Postures of Commercial Documentation in Yemen, 1700-1750,” in Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World, ed. D. Bleichmar and M. Martin, a special issue of Art History 38:4 (September 2015): 718-31.

2015  “Foreign Doctors at the Imam’s Court: Medical Diplomacy in Yemen’s Coffee Era,” in “Transcultural Networks in the Indian Ocean, 16th-18th centuries: Europeans and Indian Ocean Societies in Interaction,” ed. Su Fang Ng, a special issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48:2 (July 2015): 261-88.

2015  “1636 and 1726: Yemen after the First Ottoman Era,” in Asia Inside Out: Changing Times, vol. 1, ed. E. Tagliacozzo, H. Siu, and P. Purdue, 112-34. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? I am happy to receive messages in Arabic, but would prefer to respond in English.

Research Interests: Architecture, Art,  History (Zaydi), History (Ottoman periods), Tihama



VARISCO, Daniel Martin

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Highest degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1982

Current Position: President, AIYS

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:

2017  "Yemen’s Tribal Idiom: An Ethno-Historical Survey of Genealogical Models." Journal of Semitic Studies, 62(1):217-241.

2014  "Pars Pro Toto Observation: Historical Anthropology in the Textual Field of Rasulid Yemen." History and Anthropology. Published in “Online First” in July, 2014.

2012 "Qat and Traditional Healing in Yemen." In H. Schönig and I. Heymeyer, editors, Herbal Medicine in Yemen, 69-102. Leiden: Brill.

1997 Medieval Folk Astronomy and Agriculture in Arabia and the Yemen. London: Variorum Press.

1994 Medieval Agriculture and Islamic Science: The Almanac of a Yemeni Sultan. Seattle: University of Washington Press.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  Yes

Research Interests: Agriculture and Irrigation; Anthropology, Botany (and medicinal plants), Development in Yemen, Environmental Issues (water, deforestation, etc.), History (Ayyubid and Rasulid), Islam in Yemen, Proverbs, Qat, Social media (including internet), Travelers, Islamic and Western

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WALTERS, Delores M.

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Highest degree: Ph.D., NYU, 1987

Current Position: historical/cultural educational program consultant

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:
2013 Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner, Delores M. Walters, co-editor, U. of Illinois Press.

1996 “Caste Among Outcastes: Interpreting Sexual Orientation, Racial and Gender Identity in the Yemen Arab Republic," in Out in the Field: Reflections of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists. Ellen Lewin and William Leap (eds.).

2016 Excerpted in Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges, and Possibilities, Dana-Ain Davis & Christa Craven, eds., Rowman & Littlefield.

2001 “Women, Health Care and Social Reform in Yemen,” in Feminism & Antiracism: International Struggles for Justice, France Winddance Twine and Kathleen Blee (eds.), New York University Press, Chapter 4; pp. 71-93.

1998  “Invisible Survivors: Women and Diversity in the Transitional Economy of Yemen," in Middle Eastern Women in the Invisible Economy, Richard Lobban (ed.), University Press of Florida, Chapter 3, pp. 74-95.
(2006) Translated into Arabic in Challenging the Familiar: Historical and Anthropological Studies of Yemen, Lucine Taminian, ed., Sana`a: American Institute for Yemeni Studies, pp. 161-186.

Video Documentary
1999 “Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in
Yemen,” health care and inclusion of formerly enslaved African-identified groups (Arabic, English voice-over, 35 min.), available at http://deloresmwalters.com/yemen-video/ and YouTube
[Based on research, and analysis of strategies used by women to empower other women and the most marginalized groups in an Arabic-speaking, rural community in Yemen]

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic? Not without assistance

Research Interests: Anthropology, Health Services and Traditional Medicine

 

YADAV, Stacey Philbrick

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Highest degree (university, field, date):  Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Political Science, 2007

Current Position: Associate Professor of Political Science

List up to 5 of your publications on Yemen:
2017. “Sectarianization, Islamist Republicanism, and International Misrecognition in Yemen.” In Sectarianization: Mapping the Politics of the New Middle East, edited by Nader Hashemi and Danny Postel. Hurst: 185-198.

2015. “The ‘Yemen Model’ as a Failure of Political Imagination.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 47 (1): 144-147. 

2013. Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon (I.B. Tauris)

2011. “Antecedents of the Revolution: Intersectoral Networks and Postpartisan Activism in Yemen.” Studies in Ethnicty and Nationalism 11 (3): 550-563.

2010. “Segmented Publics and Islamist Women’s Activism” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 6 (2): 1-30.

Are you willing to correspond in Arabic?  
•    I am willing to receive messages in Arabic, but should only reply in English, given my rustiness.

Research Interests: Development in Yemen, Gender and Sexuality, History, Islam in Yemen, Law, Islamic and Civil, Migration and disaspora, Politics and Political Science, Tribalism and Customary Law, Zaydi Islam.