College / Department

Teaching areas

Al-Andalus, Arabic as a foreign language, Arabic sociolinguistics, Translation theory

Research areas

Arabic dialectology, Arabic historical linguistics, Gulf Arabic


PhD, Arabic language and linguistics, University of Michigan, United States

Professional experience

Head of Department at American University of Sharjah (AUS), United Arab Emirates(2016 - Present)
Professor at The American University of Beirut, Lebanon(2014 - 2016)
Chair at The American University of Beirut, Lebanon(2013 - 2016)
Associate professor at The American University of Beirut, Lebanon(2009 - 2014)
Visiting associate professor at The American University of Beirut, Lebanon(2007 - 2009)
Visiting associate professor at Georgetown University, United States(2006 - 2007)
Associate Dean at The American University in Cairo, Egypt(2004 - 2006)
Director at American University of Cairo, Egypt(1993 - 2006)


International Foundation for the Study of Arabia, 2017 - present
International Association of Maltese Linguistics, 2013 - present
American Association of Teachers of Arabic, 1999 - present
Association Internationale de Dialectologie Arabe, 1998 - present
Arabic Linguistic Society, 1992 - present
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