Hanan Mohammad Hassan Ahmad, PhD, Arabic Coordinator
Hanan Mohammad Hassan Ahmad received her PhD in 2009 from Minia University. Her research critically analyzes the media coverage of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. She co-edited the translated, “Culturalization: A comparative literary criticism study of T.S. Eliot and S. Abdulsabour’s poetry” published by General Egyptian Book Organization in 2004. Her research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis, Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)/Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL), and translation and interpretation. She taught Arabic at the University of Utah from 2005-2007 and Texas A&M from 2007-2009. She was also a TESL instructor in Egypt for over ten years.
Office Address: 321 SC
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00pm-3:00pm
Rana Mikati, PhD, Instructor
Rana Mikati received her PhD at the University of Chicago specializing in Islamic history. She has taught Modern Standard Arabic and Levantine Arabic at the University of Chicago, the American University of Beirut Summer intensive program, and at Washington University in St. Louis. At the University of Oregon, Rana will be teaching beginning and third-year Arabic.
Office Address: 366 SC
Office Hours: TBA
Heather Sweetser, MA, Instructor
Heather Sweetser received her MA in 2012 from Ohio State. A former linguist for the U.S. Army, she studied Arabic in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt, and conducted research while working as a journalist in Sanaa. Heather was an Arabic instructor for the U.S. military and taught first and second-year Arabic at Ohio State. She will be teaching beginning and second-year Arabic at the University of Oregon.
Office Address: 332 SC
Office Hours: TBA
David Hollenberg, PhD, Director
David Hollenberg is Assistant Professor of Arabic Language and Literature in the Department of Religious Studies. He received his PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. Professor Hollenberg has taught Modern Standard Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the College of New Jersey and has administered Arabic programs for the Critical Languages Scholarship Program (CLS) in Yemen and James Madison University’s overseas program in Jordan. He has studied Arabic and conducted research in Cairo, Sanaa, Amman, and Rabat.
At the University of Oregon, Professor Hollenberg teaches advanced Arabic text courses. The goal of his courses is for students to increase their facility with Arabic grammar and syntax to prepare them to continue to improve their Arabic independently in professional or academic settings in the Arab world after graduating from UO.
Arabic Advisory Committee
Hanan Ahmad, Religious Studies
Michael Allan, Comparative Literature
Sean Anthony, History
Rick Colby, Religious Studies
Robert Davis, Romance Languages
David Hollenberg, Religious Studies
Malek Najjar, Theater Arts
Doris Payne, Linguistics
Mark Unno, Religious Studies