Faten Arfaoui, MA, Instructor
Faten Arfaoui has taught Arabic at Texas Tech University since receiving a Fulbright Scholarship in 2008. She received her MA in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on linguistics and Political Science (2010) and French (2012) from Texas Tech University and was pursuing a PhD in Political Science, Comparative Politics, and Middle Eastern Studies, also at Texas Tech. She holds a BA in English and International Relations from Ibn Charaf University in Tunisia and speaks various Arabic dialects, including Egyptian and Tunisian. She worked as an Arabic program coordinator and instructor At Dubai American Academy and taught IB program and beginning levels.
Office Address: 366 SC
Office Hours: Mondays 1:00pm-3:00pm
Hanan Elsherif, 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: Wednesdays 12:00pm-2:00pm
Garrett Davidson, PhD, Instructor
Garrett Davidson received his PhD with honors in Islamic thought from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. Garrett’s research interests include issues related to constructs of religious and scholarly authority in the Islamic tradition, hadith, the Arabic manuscript tradition, Arabic travel literature, Islamic reform movements of the twentieth century and Islamic mysticism in the Early Modern and Modern periods. Garrett has lived and studied extensively in the Arab world, including several years in Cairo where he received a master’s degree in Arabic studies from the American University in Cairo. Garrett has also lived, studied and conducted research in Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates. At the University of Oregon he will be teaching beginning and third-year Arabic as well as courses in Arabic Culture and Arab cinema.
Office Address: 332 SC
Office Hours: Mondays 2:00pm-5:00pm
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