Suad Joseph*

Suad Joseph

Position Title
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology


Suad Joseph is Distinguished Research Professor of Anthropology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. Her research has focused on her native Lebanon, on the politicization of religion, on women in local communities, on women, family and state, and on questions of self, citizenship, and rights. Her current research is a long-term longitudinal study on how children in a village of Lebanon learn their notions of rights, responsibilities and citizenship in the aftermath of the Civil War and on their transnational families who have moved to the United States and Canada. She is Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, UC Davis. She is founder and director of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG), a group of 16 scholars undertaking comparative, interdisciplinary research on Arab families in Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt and the United States.  She is founder of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies (AMEWS) and co-founder of AMEW's Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) published by Duke University Press. She is also founder and facilitator (since 2001) of the American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California and Birzeit University Consortium, and American University of Sharjah (UCDAR). She served as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2010-2011. She is Founding and General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include:  Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews (Syracuse, 2018);  Women and Islamic Cultures:  Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches (Bril, 2013l); Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse, 2000), and Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse, 1999). Her co-edited books include: Building Citizenship in Lebanon (Lebanese American University, 1999); Women and Citizenship in Lebanon (1999) and Women and Power in the Middle East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001); and Muslim-Christian Conflicts: Economic, Political, and Social Origins (Westview, 1978). She has published over 100 articles, and won many awards and prizes including the UC Davis Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award (2014, $45,000).

Research Interests 
Professor's Joseph's research interests include cross-cultural studies of selfhood, children, family systems, ethnicity and state and nation, as well as questions of citizenship and human rights. Her geographical focus is on Lebanon and the Middle East.

Selected Publications 

Teaching Rights and Responsibilities: Paradoxes of Globalizations and Children’s Citizenship in Lebanon. Journal of Social History. Vol. 38. No. 4. (Summer). Pp. 1007-1026.

The Kin Contract and Citizenship in the Middle East. In Women and Citizenship. Marilyn Friedman (ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. Pp. 149-169.

Learning Desire: Relational Pedagogies and the Desiring Female Subject in Lebanon. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Vol. I. No. 1 (Winter). Pp. 79-109.

Conceiving Family Relations in Post-War Lebanon. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. XXXV. No. 2. Spring 2004. Pp. 271-294.

Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. ISIM Newsletter 13. December. Pp.45