Lammert Holdijk

September 3rd, 2012

Lammert Holdijk, Senior Instructor and Associate Chair in the Department of Rhetoric & Composition, has just co-authored a book chapter with Emily Golson, formerly Chair of the Department. “The Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo: Achievements and Challenges,” in Writing Programs Worldwide: Profiles of Academic Writing in Many Places, edited by Chris Thaiss, Gerd Bräuer, Paula Carlino, Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams, and Aparna Sinha. (Parlor Press and the WAC Clearinghouse, 2012). More details on the book are available by clicking HERE.

early November, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Many of you have noticed that the style in which faculty publications are listed in the Bulletin has changed this year. As opposed to the third-person descriptions found in past Bulletins (“Professor X has published has had her article accepted by Such-and-Such journal, the leading journal in its field…”) we have decided to standardize the Bulletin’s list to match the style found in the annual list of faculty publications.

However, a few faculty members have remarked that they miss the former opportunity to speak at more length about what they have published. The point is well taken, since research awareness at AUC can only benefit if faculty members have the chance to describe the meaning and significance of their activities.

For this reason, similar to the appendix in the Bulletin two issues ago that contained a few abstracts of faculty articles, I would like to propose extending that appendix to include brief descriptions of any research contained in a given issue of the Bulletin, for any faculty members who wish to provide such a description. Please do keep the summaries brief, and as comprehensible as possible to the non-specialist.

Another announcement: the number of submissions to the Bulletin have again diminished, after an initial surge early in the semester. Please do send your activities and news to the Bulletin. This not only helps keep the Administration informed as to what is going on at AUC, research-wise; it also makes for more enjoyable reading for the AUC community as a whole.

Finally, I would like to note that the new Bulletin might already be working as a good luck charm. In our first reformatted issue, in late September, our profile featured Professor Salima Ikram of Egyptology. Not long thereafter, Salima was also featured in the cover article of National Geographic, on animal mummies (see Faculty News below for the details). Congratulations to Salima for landing in the cover story of such a prominent magazine.


For this week’s profile we turn to the interim Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS), Steffen Stelzer. Until this year and his ascension to the Deanship, Steffen was perhaps best known on campus as a key figure on the Philosophy faculty at AUC. Having first come to AUC in the late 1970′s, Steffen led Philosophy for many years during its long era as a Unit of the Department of he and Comparative Literature. When Philosophy became a department in 2004, he then served as founding Chair for the first four years of the Department’s existence. In August 2009 he was named Dean of HUSS, allowing the whole of the School a chance to experience the calm and prudent personal style already familiar to our Philosophy faculty. Steffen is also known for his many years of serious practice of Sufism. Finally, he was the 2006 winner of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, with one student recommender famously referring to him as a “lighthouse” on campus. His latest contribution to the AUC community is to send several of his cultivated and likable children here in recent years. Steffen also has an unusually interesting life story, as the following interview reveals.

Q: After many years of leading the Philosophy faculty at AUC, you are suddenly the Interim Dean of HUSS. What is the job like so far? Have there been any great surprises?

A: No, there haven’t been great surprises. Due to my previous experience in administration, I expected the change in thinking that the transition from teaching to administration requires. As I am still teaching one course this semester, going from the Dean’s office to the classroom is more like going from one world to another. On the other hand, I like to be in touch with the students as much as with the faculty and hope that it will do some good for the two sides of our University which are too often separated by large distances of comprehension.

Q: Over the years you have been a popular teacher. In 2006 you won the AUC Excellence in Teaching Award. Perhaps you could share some remarks about your teaching strategies.

A: I have always tried to convey something of my own enthusiasm for philosophy to the students. You can also call it “the philosophical eros.” Although I agree with Heidegger (and several other philosophers) that philosophy is also a “craft” that can and should be learned, and therefore taught as a craft, I am also convinced that it should be carried by an “erotic” current which Aristotle described as “perplexity” or “astonishment.” In this sense, teaching in general and teaching philosophy in particular should open this perplexity, this “astonishment” which is an important part of our childhood. As students, we don’t have to act as if we were grown-ups or “know-it-alls,” and neither do we have to do that as teachers.

It is worthwhile in this context to remember that a craft, although it requires the learning and the practicing of a discipline, is not just a “skill.” My criticism of much of contemporary teaching and learning is, therefore, twofold: a) that the “skills”-driven teaching too easily becomes a pragmatic and thus opportunistic affair. You learn to perform “the moves” to fulfill what is required but not because it helps you to do what you love. And b) that it does not care for “the soul” of teaching. It is safety-oriented and works on the prevention of perplexity and astonishment. And as you know, produced astonishment is not astonishing.

Q: You’ve also had a fascinating life history. Let’s go back to the start. You come from Zwickau, in the former East Germany. How were you able to get to the West from there? One always assumes it must have been difficult to leave the East during the Cold War.

A: Yes, it was difficult. My father fled from East to West Germany and left the rest of his family behind. Only after a number of years (and very surprisingly) were my mother, sister, and I allowed to follow. So whereas he left by night and on foot, we could hop on a train and cross the border, although always with a strong fear of being stopped and sent back at any moment.

Q: Someone told me that you initially had a strong interest in acting. Is this true? And if so, what made you change your focus from theater to philosophy?

A: My first love, so to speak, was actually the arts. Especially music and theater. I got quite involved with them, started to perform in both, wrote plays and composed music. I think -although I must add that I have learned to be suspicious about such attempts at “self-understanding,” or self-interpretation, so let’s say– I like to think that the change of focus from art to philosophy came about through a close encounter with death. “Death” meant an irreversible event that I could not comprehend. It meant, therefore, also the need to understand. This experience of an unsolvable duplicity of the need to understand and the incapability to do so, changed, as you say, my “focus.” It brought, in a way, understanding itself to the fore. And thus philosophy. But you can see, of course, that the music and the theatre were not really left behind.

Q: Who were the first philosophers who interested you?

A: Probably for the reasons I mentioned before, the first philosophers that interested me were Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Kierkegaard. And as a text, Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave.” From there, I slowly worked my way into the more systematic constructions of philosophy that you find with Kant and Hegel.

Q: Eventually you went to Paris. There you studied with the famous and controversial philosopher Jacques Derrida, who died in 2004. What are your recollections of Derrida as a person and teacher?

A: I went to study with Derrida because studying philosophy in the Germany of the sixties was a strange affair. On one hand, there existed something like an unspoken (or sometimes even outspoken) prohibition on becoming involved with one of the most interesting kinds of recent philosophy, namely Heidegger’s, and on the other hand one was offered as an “alternative” a very dogmatic and ideological kind of thinking (or non-thinking), represented by all kinds of shades of “The Left.” In this atmosphere, the French philosophy of the time (Derrida, Foucault, Barthes, Lacan) was like a fresh breeze that opened the windows. Derrida opened Heidegger for us. He also opened many of the gates that philosophy had locked herself away from: literature, psychology, history. Secondly, what Derrida taught me was deep respect towards the idea of philosophy and sincerity in its execution. He was one of the kindest, most helpful teachers I have met. But he was also one of the severest critics whenever he came across pretentiousness and hypocrisy in philosophical matters. Furthermore, for all his great gifts of speech and writing, he was a very taciturn man. I remember a scene where we sat in his office for two hours in (tense) silence: me, not daring to speak before him, he not speaking (who knows why). And finally, Derrida taught me to read. To read in a very careful and attentive way, a way that gives space to speech.

Q: I’ll now turn to the story about you in the April 2, 2006 issue of the Caravan. You came to Egypt more or less by accident, is that right?

A: Well, not by accident. I had to do certain things like apply and be interviewed, but what I meant in that Caravan interview was that Egypt never occurred to me previously as a place of working, living, or even visiting.

Q: Your intention was to go next to Japan. But you became interested in Sufism through an interesting sheikh in Cairo. Who was this sheikh, and what made him so appealing?

A: I wanted to go to Japan because even before coming to Egypt, when living in the States and in Europe, I was driven by a thirst for something that nothing (not even philosophy) could satisfy. I imagined it could be quenched by what we call usually “mysticism,” and I thought Zen Buddhism would be that source. But then that road was blocked and another one opened in the shape of Sufism. The road was still the same one as the one I had traveled on during my times of studying philosophy, it was still the road of knowledge. But it literally overthrew all my acquired concepts of what knowledge is, how one is supposed to pursue it, and what the purpose of such a pursuit is. In other words, the person I met taught in a way I had never encountered before. One could say, he did not teach through book or method but through his being. And yet, as different as that was from all the teachers I met in the course of my life -and I am happy to be able to say that I had real teachers- it was also very familiar. It is this mixture of the utterly different and the deeply familiar that fascinated me and made me want to translate it back into the world of our learning.

Q: To what extent can a Western philosopher (such as Derrida) be reconciled with Sufi theory and practice? Are you unusual in synthesizing the two?

A: Yes, if you don’t just want to report to the Western philosopher about the Sufi, or, vice versa, report to the Sufi about the Western philosopher, if you’re not even satisfied with shuttling between them, but if, as you say, you really try synthesize the two, this is unusual. And you have a lot of explaining to do to both your enemies and your friends.

Q: Unlike many Western faculty at AUC, you succeeded in mastering Arabic with remarkable speed. What study advice do you have for those expatriate faculty who are stalled with their Arabic?

A: Well, Arabic is what we call in Western literature a “classical” language. That applies to some extent even to its contemporary, colloquial forms and to the so-called ‘Modern Standard Arabic’. It therefore requires appropriate ways of learning which means, amongst other things, an appropriate mindset. You have to be truly motivated, because it requires a lot of devotion and a lot of discipline.

Over the years I had to find out through my own experience that you can’t learn it ‘on the side’. And I found out something else that modern, contemporary, teachers of Arabic (and of language) will not like to hear: the best Arabic teacher I had was not an Arab, but Sri Lankan, and he had learned it from an Indian teacher who taught in the way most hated by all kids in the world. So, dear expatriates, don’t flinch. It’s worth it because it is a truly beautiful language.

Q: Just out of curiosity, what language does your family usually speak at home? Your wife is Egyptian, and obviously the whole family knows Arabic and English perfectly. And your children have all attended the German School before enrolling at AUC, and so they must know a bit of French to go with their German, just as you do. So it is easy to imagine a multilingual stew in conversations at the Stelzer household.

A: Well, English is for Ease, Arabic is for Mama (and as an expression of anti-father partisanship when such is called for), German is (sometimes, one doesn’t know why) for Baba, French is for Luxury, and on the whole it is as George Steiner said about the household he grew up in: you may start in one language and run through all the others in one sentence.

Q: The most memorable passage from your 2006 Caravan feature was probably when you said: “I do not find a need to plan anything. Planners believe in their own will but those who give up planning believe in someone else’s will.” I’m sure this was true of the HUSS Deanship, which you probably weren’t expecting. And in a way, your entire life story looks like a series of lucky surprises. But do you have any definite plans for the next few years that you could share with us?

A: Of course, you got me in the end. For, if I said “Yes, in my view, you do not need to plan anything”, then people would start wondering what kind of Dean this is, or it would dawn upon them why they never got answer to their queries, and why there is such a strange absence of any recognizable ‘course’ in his actions. And my justification of that through recourse to ‘a higher will’ wouldn’t be particularly reassuring. So, not to lose all credibility, let me modify my former statement: my life has taught me that you may have a lot of plans, and you must have a lot of plans. But do not expect too much from them, learn to be open to the unexpected, and know that the unexpected is (the most important?) part of your plans. If you can do that, you develop a sensitivity for others, you start listening to them instead of only echoing yourself. Then, you may be a good teacher, and you may even be an acceptable dean.

(as reported by the faculty members)

Amanda Click, Engy Fahmy, and Jayme Spencer, faculty librarians, were participants in an AMICAL workshop hosted by the American University in Sharjah, October 14-15, 2009. AMICAL is sponsoring an Ethnographic Pilot Project that will investigate undergraduate research habits and methods at 4 AMICAL institutions: AUC, AUSharjah, Lebanese American University and the American University Paris. Dr. Nancy Fried Foster, author of Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester, conducted the two-day workshop.

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the subject of a review (of his recent book Prince of Networks) in the November/December 2009 issue (No. 158) of Radical Philosophy: “Of Princes and Principles,” by Andrew Goffey, Middlesex University.

Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, is the featured subject of the National Geographic cover story “Animal Mummies.” November 2009, Vol. 216, No. 5, pages 30-51. (Note from the Editor: Salima appears in one photograph and is quoted extensively throughout the article.)

Abbas al-Tonsi, Senior Arabic Language Instructor in the Arabic Language Institute (ALI) has been awarded a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund to develop Arabic language curriculum for grades K-12. See the following wensite for details:

Alessandro Topa, Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy, is the subject of a review (of his German-language dissertation Die Genese der Peirce’schen Semiotik. Teil I: Das Kategorienproblem, 1857-1865) in the Transactions of the C.S. Peirce Society. Vol. 45, No. 2. The review is written by Daniel Rellstab of the University of Bern.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

3 book chapters
1 journal article

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Nathaniel Bowditch, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

•Journal article, “Malebranche: Divinity, Responsibility and Control of the Passions.” International Philosophical Quarterly, forthcoming 2010.

Emily Golson, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Book chapter, Helen Garretson and Emily Golson, “Writing Assessment: From General Education Through the Major.” In Informing Writing and Thinking Through Assessment. (Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, forthcoming 2010.)

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Kevin Keenan, Associate Professor, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications

•Book Chapter, “Public Relations in Egypt: Practices, Obstacles and Potentials,” in K. Sriramesh and D. Vercic (Eds.), Global Public Relations Handbook: Theory, Research and Practice (pp. 362-380). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2009.

•Book Chapter, “Corporate Reputation and the News Media in Egypt: Factors and Conditions in a Newly Privatizing Country,” in C. Carroll (Ed.), Corporate Reputation and the News Media: Agenda-Setting Within Business News Coverage in Developed, Emerging, and Frontier Markets (pp. forthcoming). New York: Routledge, forthcoming 2010.

early October, 2009

December 23rd, 2009

Faculty Bulletin

Editor: Graham Harman,
Associate Vice Provost for Research

Editorial Assistant: Samah Abdel-Geleel,
Graduate Studies and Faculty Research Coordinator


Beginning with this issue, the Faculty Bulletin will take on an expanded role in promoting the work of AUC faculty. In order to make each issue of the Bulletin more of an “event,” we are shifting from a weekly to a bi-weekly format.

Now as always, the Bulletin is the perfect place to announce research activities. AUC faculty members are warmly encouraged to send updates of their research activities to Samah Abdel Geleel at (Note that submissions may be subject to editing and/or reformatting.)

In addition to publications, the Bulletin will list other news of faculty accomplishments: membership on international committees, editorship of journals, and other professional activities. We will also announce academic conferences and creative endeavors hosted by AUC.

Last but not least, we will be adding what is likely to be a popular feature of the new Bulletin: a profile in each issue of one of our faculty members, including an interview. If you would like to nominate someone to be the subject of one of these features, please send email to Graham Harman at

The goal of this new version of the Bulletin is to increase faculty awareness of the activities of our peers, and thereby to help energize research, teaching, and service activities on campus. There is much to be proud of in the work of AUC faculty, and the new Bulletin seeks to make our faculty more internally and externally visible than before.

We will start with our new feature: the Faculty Profile. Faculty news and a list of publications can be found further down.


As the subject of our first profile we spoke with Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology, who has been with AUC in various capacities since 1995. Salima is a native of Lahore, Pakistan. A visit to Egypt in early childhood hooked her for life on the mysteries of the Egyptian past. She was educated primarily at Bryn Mawr College and Cambridge University, with a year in between as a Study Abroad student here at AUC. Salima is a powerhouse of productivity, with ten authored or edited scholarly books and six books for children, along with dozens of articles and conference presentations. She has also appeared in a staggering number of television specials and documentary films (since Egyptology is a beloved field around the world, after all). Among other honors, she was the 2007 winner of the AUC Excellence in Research and Creative Endeavors Award. Salima is also known around campus for a friendly personality and an excellent sense of humor. For all of these reasons, she seemed like an ideal candidate to launch our new Faculty Profiles series with the following interview. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Q: Egyptology is a dream profession for many young people, but only a few pursue it as a career. What made you stick with it?

A: So many people I meet say that they wanted to be Egyptologists when they were little, but then they grew out of it (or reality hit). I guess I never quite grew up.

Q: It is said that you became fascinated by Egypt on a visit to this country at the age of nine. Can you tell us what sites and monuments fascinated you the most at such an early age?

A: We were only in Egypt for a very short time. One of the things we did was to go inside Khufu’s Pyramid. The Pyramids are magnificent from the outside, especially being set within the desert, far from the city. But it was the internal space that was compelling. The long, steep corridor that seemed to go on forever and the massiveness of the building made a strong impression on me (as did the smell). Then, when we went to the Egyptian Museum there was all the glamour of Tutankhamun, but what really got to me was the painted pair statue of Rahotep and Nofret. They looked so real that I felt these were the people I needed to know about and this was the culture that I wanted to study.

Q: So, you really did know for sure from age nine that this is what you wanted to do with your life?

A: Before age nine I had wanted to be an historian: ancient Egypt and the Minoan world were the most interesting to me. Visiting Egypt tipped the balance.

Q: So we should feel lucky that your family didn’t take you to Crete instead! Shifting topics, your record suggests that you are also qualified to be the curator of a museum or a full-time archaeologist. Why do you prefer a teaching position in a university as the best way to pursue your work?

A: As a professor one has a more varied life and it is also in many ways more stimulating. A classroom of good students challenges and stretches my own ideas of ancient Egypt, and the interaction helps all of us to learn better. Also, now that I have been teaching for awhile, there is the pleasure and pride in having students who have gone through, done their Ph.D.’s, and are now in their turn working as Egyptologists. It is a bit like passing on the torch. It is also nice to be in touch with students who do not continue in the field and to feel linked to them, their other jobs, and their lives. Teaching also provides more flexibility than other jobs: I still curate parts of collections, and dig. Moreover, I can involve my students in museology and excavation. This enriches their lives and mine, and is beneficial to the museums. Plus, I like having summer holidays in which to do research and write.

Q: You are the author or co-author of ten scholarly books and six books for children. Large parts of the educated public have a fondness for Egyptology, but might not know where to start reading your work. Which of your books would be the most accessible for the lay reader who wants to know what you’re doing?

A: I would suggest my children’s books, until the end of this year. Then, inshallah, people can read my latest work, published by Cambridge University Press, Ancient Egypt: An Introduction.

Q: What is the biggest unresolved controversy in Egyptology at the moment?

A: There are several unresolved controversies ranging from the precise ramp method used to build the Pyramids, the religious beliefs of Djedefre, the line of succession following the death of Akhenaten, and the burial place of most of the queens and some of the kings of the New Kingdom.

Q: Everyone is fascinated by hieroglyphics, but also somewhat intimidated by them. How hard is it to learn to read hieroglyphics? Does it take many years to master them?

A: Yes. Initially they are relatively straightforward, particularly if one restricts oneself to the basic formulae. After that, it gets harder.

Q: You have taken a special interest in animal mummies. This topic has an obvious appeal, but perhaps you could say more about what drew you to it.

A: I was interested in animals, as well as mummies. As a child one of my favorite displays in the Cairo Museum was the room of flora and fauna. It combined natural history with Egyptology. As an adult I found that the room had been shut down and the mummies needed attention, so I started the animal mummy project. This has developed into a larger interest than I had first imagined it would be. It sheds light on the ancient environment, the Egyptians’ view of the natural world, religious ideas, information about eating habits, trade, technology, and disease.

Q: You have also taken a special interest in the food of the ancient Egyptians. The average reader of this interview might wonder: how can we really know what they ate so long ago? Is this determined primarily through illustrations in tombs, through written texts, or in some other way?

A: Ancient food can be problematic, since it gets eaten. Two- and three-dimensional representations, texts, and the remains of actual food (mummified, dried, from middens [ancient rubbish dumps] or from coprolites [old fecal matter]) help flesh out the picture. But now isotopic analysis of human bone and tissue can also fill in the gaps.

Q: If for some reason you decided to retire from your career right now, which of your accomplishments in Egyptology so far would make you the most proud? Or if this is too embarrassing to answer, tell us which of your discoveries your professional colleagues would call the most interesting.

A: That depends on whom you ask. I am thrilled by the work we are doing in the Kharga Oasis, discovering parts of truly “lost” history, and also by the reinstallation of the animal mummy room.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work in the Kharga Oasis.

A: The northern part of the Kharga Oasis had never been properly explored. On a visit there, Corinna Rossi and I found that it contained some extraodinary Roman forts. We decided to give the north of the oasis its due, and thus the North Kharga Oasis Survey was born. We are currently working on a major publication of our results. We have found the remains of ancient caravan routes, forts, temples, early churches, farmhouses, pigeon towers, elaborate underground aqueducts, small settlements, tombs, pharaonic inscriptions, prehistoric settlements, and a plethora of rock art during the course of our work. Almost none of these things had never been noted before.

Q: After graduating from Bryn Mawr, you spent a year at AUC in 1985-86 in the Year Abroad Program. At the time, did you ever think you might return here as a faculty member?

A: Not at all, although I knew I would always have ties to AUC as long as my professors Fayza Haikal and Kent Weeks were associated with the University.

Q: Anyone looking at your c.v. would be amazed by the number of different activities in which you are involved. Can you give us any tips for how to do so much?

A: Not having much of a life outside of work. Luckily, my work is lots of fun (except for the administrative aspects), so it is not such a terrible thing.

Q: If you weren’t doing Egyptology, what else would you like to do instead? (But perhaps this is an impossible question for someone who was set on Egyptology as a nine-year-old!)

A: A few years ago I would not have been able to answer the question. Now, I would like to learn to mix herbal remedies, cook a greater variety of things, and write fiction. And do Egyptology.


Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Graduate Director of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication spent March and April in the United States where she was Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.

Maki K. Habib, Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been named Guest Chief Editor for special issues of two international journals. For the International Journal of Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems, the special issue is entitled “Human Adaptive Mechatronics: Robotics, Sensing, and Intelligence.” For The International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, the special issue is entitled “Robotics for Risky Interventions and Environmental Surveillance.” Both issues will be published during 2010.

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science has been elected as Editor-in-Chief of the International Statistical Review (ISR). For details see:

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy was an invited guest at a book series launch party on September 25 at the Ecole normale supérieure, Paris. The “MétaphysiqueS” series at Presses Universitaires de France will begin in early November with works by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and the late Étienne Souriau, and will publish Harman’s book L’objet quadruple in 2010.

(as reported by the faculty members)

In this issue of the Bulletin, we have:

2 books
1 book contract
2 edited volumes
7 book chapters
15 journal articles
6 publications in conference proceedings
2 creative works
3 other publications
8 invited lectures
5 conference presentations

School of Business (SoB)

Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Karl Rich, Assistant Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “What can Africa contribute to global meat demand: Opportunities and constraints,” Outlook on Agriculture, September issue (Vol. 38, No. 3).

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Journal article, “Real Strategic Pricing: A Game in Market Economics,” Journal of Business and Economics Research, Volume 7, 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Energy Analysis in Indian Household Consumption,” The Energy Journal, Volume 30, Number 3, July 2009.

•Journal article, “A Review of Moral Capitalism,” Review of Social Economy, Volume 66, Number 1, March 2009.

•Journal article, “On the Economic Feasibility of Nuclear Power Generation in Egypt,” Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, Working Paper Series, No. 143, 2009.

•Journal article, with J. Salevurakis, “Social Consensus and Economic Behavior,” Development Journal, Society for International Development (forthcoming March 2010).

•Conference proceedings, “The Case of Egyptian Food Processing Industry: Formalization versus Informalization within the Nation’s Food Security Policy,” Alfred P. Sloan Industry Studies Annual Conference, Chicago: Illinois, May 2009.

•Conference proceedings, “Market Competitiveness and Economic Policy: Methodology and Prospects for Business Development”, Dubai Economic Council, 2009, Dubai, UAE (Seminar).

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives. (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Hamed M. Shamma, Assistant Professor of Marketing (Heikal Dept. of Management)

•Book chapter, “A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective for Measuring Corporate Brand Equity: Linking Corporate Brand Equity with Corporate Performance.” In Contemporary Thoughts on Corporate Branding and Corporate Identity Management, T.C. Melewar and Elif Karaosmanoglu (eds.). Pages 23-46. (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.)

•Conference proceedings, “A Comprehensive Approach to Brand Equity: Integrating Product and Corporate Brand Equity into Total Brand Equity Measurement,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Society for Marketing Advances, November 2009 Annual Conference.

•Conference proceedings, “Examining the Antecedents and Consequences of Corporate Reputation: A Stakeholder Approach,” Hammad M. Shamma and Salah S. Hassan. Proceedings, Association for Global Business, Twenty First International Conference, November 2009 (forthcoming).

Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS)

Catarina Belo, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

•Journal article, “Some Considerations on Averroes’ Views regarding Women and their Role in Society,” Journal of Islamic Studies (Oxford, 2009, 20, 1-20).

Amanda Fields, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Blog discussion of her previously published essay in Brevity 30,

Emily Golson, Chair of the Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Edited volume, Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. E. Golson and T. Glover (eds.). (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.)

•Book chapter, “The Geometry of Composition: Linear and Nonlinear Thinking in Print and Hypertext Essays.” In Negotiating a Meta-Pedagogy: Learning from Other Disciplines. (Details in the preceding entry.)

Graham Harman, Associate Vice Provost for Research and Associate Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Interview with Graham Harman.” In Paul Ennis (ed.), Post-Continental Voices: Selected Interviews. (Winchester, UK: Zero Books, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book chapter, “Response to Shaviro,” following Steven Shaviro’s article “The Actual Volcano: Whitehead, Harman, and the Problem of Relations.” In L. Bryant, N. Srnicek, G. Harman (eds.), The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism. (Melbourne:, forthcoming 2010.)

•Book contract, Meillassoux: Philosophy in the Making. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press, forthcoming 2010.)

Gretchen McCullough, Writing Instructor, Department of Rhetoric and Composition

•Creative work, presented short story “The True Story of Fresh Springs.” Fiction workshop at the Summer Literary Seminars in Vilnius, Lithuania July 19-August 4. Also presented the essay “Bad Boys at Bower’s Park” to a non-fiction workshop.

•Creative work, short story “The Wedding Guest.” Storyglossia, Issue 35. Interview,

William D. Melaney, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

•Conference paper, “Ricoeur’s Transcendental Concern: A Hermeneutics of Discourse,” at the Fifty-Ninth International Conference on Phenomenology. University of Antwerp, Belgium (July 8-10, 2009).

•Journal article, “Sartre’s Postcartesian Ontology: On Negation and Existence,” Analecta Husserliana CIV, pages 37-54 (forthcoming 2009).

Bernard O’Kane, Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (Dept. of ARIC)

•Book, The Appearance of Persian on Islamic Art. (New York: Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, 2009.)

•Book chapter, “Ayyubid Architecture in Cairo.” In Ayyubid Jerusalem: The Holy City in Context 1187-1250, Robert Hillenbrand and Sylvia Auld (eds.) (London, 2009), pp. 423-34.

Lisa Sabbahy, Assistant Professor of Egyptology (Dept. of SAPE)

•Book, Anthropoid Clay Coffins, Catalogue General of Egyptian Antiquities in the Cairo Museum. (Cairo: SCA Press, 2009.)

Ernest Wolf-Gazo, Professor of Philosophy

•Book chapter, “Raum und Natur im Design von Hassan Fathy” (in German). In Inszenierung und Ereignis, R. Bohn and H. Wilharm (eds.), pages 349-370. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2009.)

•Conference proceedings, “Sacred and Secular Space in the Art of Caspar David Friedrich and Edward Hopper: On Existence and Solitude in German Romanticism and American Modernity.” In Congress Book II (Selected Papers of the XVIIth International Congress of Aesthetics), Jale Erzen (ed.), pages 313-322. (Ankara: Turkish Sanart Association for Aesthetics and the Faculty of Architecture.)

•Invited lecture, “Max Weber and Asian Civilization.” Opening address to the 6th Asian Philosophy Association in Jakarta, Indonesia. November 10th, 2009.

Libraries and Learning Technologies (LLT)

Amanda Click, Instruction and Reference Librarian

•Conference Paper, ““Help Us Help Them: Instruction Training for LIS Students and New Librarians.” LOEX Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (30 April – 2 May 2009).

•Workshop, Association of College and Research Libraries’ Immersion program, an intensive information literacy workshop in St. Petersburg, Florida (26 – 30 July 2009).

School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Rasha A. Abdulla, Assistant Prof. and Graduate Director, Journalism and Mass Comm.

•Conference paper, “Measuring Public Opinion in Egypt: The Case of the Information and Decision Support Center’s Public Opinion Poll Center.” Advances in Audience and Consumer Measurement Conference, Miami, Florida.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging and Social Change in the Arab world.” Health Communication and Communication Technology and Society Group, Prof. Sandra Ball-Rokeach. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Blogging as an Institution in the Arab World.” For Prof. Thomas Goodnight’s doctoral seminar on “Macro Theories of Communication: The Economy of Attention.” University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Online News Media and the Recent Mideast Conflict.” For Prof. Philip Seib’s class. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. March 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Media Systems in the Arab World: How Free Is the Information Flow.” Invitation from Dean Lynn Turner. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Communication, Conflict, and Middle East Cultures.” For Prof. James Scotton’s class. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “Non-Verbal Communication in the Arab World.” For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on Non-Verbal Communication.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

•Invited lecture, “How the Western Media Cultivates the Arab Image. For Prof. Lynda McCroskey’s class on “Communication Theory.” California State University at Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. April 2009.

Christine Eleanor Anderson, Associate Professor of Law

•Journal article, Christine Anderson and Foluke Akinmoladun, “Climate Change, Water and Society in the MENA Region: A Legal and Policy Perspective,” Penn State Environmental Law Review (2010).

Laila El Baradei, Associate Dean of SPA and Visiting Professor of Public Administration

•Conference presentation, with Kathryn Newcomer and Heather Allen. “Improving Our Programs Through Assessing The Performance of Master of Public Administration Alumni.” The International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) Annual Conference on Governance for Sustainable Development: Implications for Public Administration Education and Practice, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 3-8 August, 2009.

•Journal article, with Doha Abdel Hamid. “Reforming the Pay System for Government Employees in Egypt,” The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies, ECES Working Paper Series, Working Paper No.151, June 2009.

Justin D. Martin, Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communications

•Book chapter, “Leaving Iraqi refugees in the lurch.” In Introducing Issues with opposing viewpoints: human rights. (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, forthcoming 2010.)

Science and Engineering (SSE)

Ali S. Hadi, Vice Provost and Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Journal article, A.S. Hadi, A.H.M. Imon, and M. Werner, “Detection of Outliers,” The Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Computational Statistics, 1, 57–70 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, A.S. Hadi and R. Minguez “Diagnostics for Nonlinear Regression,” Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, 79, 1109–1128 (2009).

•Journal article, E. Castillo, C. Castillo, A.S. Hadi, and J.M. Sarabia, “Combined Regression Models,” Computational Statistics, 24, 37–66 (2009).

Mark Werner, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Actuarial Science

•Conference presentation, A. Kondylis, A.S. Hadi, and M. Werner, “The BACON Approach for Rank-Deficient Data,” 57th Session of the International Statistical Institute, Durban, South Africa, August 2009.


Marina Apaydin, Assistant Professor of Management

•Journal article, M. Apaydin and M. Crossan, “A Multi-dimensional Framework of Organizational Innovation,” Journal of Management Studies (forthcoming 2010).

Abstract: This paper consolidates the state of academic research on innovation. Based on a systematic review of literature published over the past 27 years, this paper synthesizes various research perspectives into a comprehensive multi-dimensional framework of organizational innovation– linking leadership, innovation as a process, and innovation as an outcome. We also suggest measures of determinants of organizational innovation and present implications for both research and managerial practice.

•Journal article, M. Apaydin, M. Demirbag, and E. Tatoglu, “Survival of Japanese Subsidiaries in the Middle East & North Africa,” Journal of World Business 46 (2), 2011.

Abstract: This paper considers factors affecting survival of foreign subsidiaries in the context of Japanese foreign equity ventures in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Three new institutional variables, economic distance, economic freedom distance and subsidiary density, are examined as determinants of survival while controlling for other determinants previously established in the extant literature. The findings support our hypotheses. We found that economic distance and economic freedom distance exhibit significant positive and negative relationships respectively with the survival of Japanese FDI in the MENA region, and moderate positive relationship between subsidiary density and subsidiary survival.]

Tarek H. Selim, Associate Professor of Economics

•Edited volume, Egypt, Energy and the Environment: Critical Sustainability Perspectives (Adonis and Abbey, 2009).

Abstract: Pure environmentalism and pure resource exploitation can be integrated together to form an encompassing sustainability solution. This is the main message of this book based on an innovative “structure-concentration-incentives” methodology applied to Egypt. This methodology provides a basis for achieving environmental sustainability based on endogenous source-driven forces of change in contrast to the traditional effects-dominant oriented approach. Though the book’s methodology could be used as a framework of analysis in environmental sustainability research for any developing country, Egypt provides a rich case study because of its historical, socio-economic, and political constructs. Sustainable development is generally seen as a tradeoff between resource efficiency and social equity such that total resource essentials in society can become sustainable in the long run in a manner that meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Environmental sustainability cannot be implemented without the direct inclusion of structure (form), concentration (effect), and incentives (drivers) as critical policy choices because: (1) they constitute a necessary condition in any country’s path towards sustainable development, (2) they must be implemented simultaneously as a target and constraint, and (3) they require social and political sacrifice complemented by endogenous-based systems in contrast to authoritarian solutions. Egypt, Energy and the Environment presents research on Egypt’s energy and environmental resources from multidisciplinary perspectives. It offers sustainability solutions to many of the country’s problems relating to energy, pollution, water, gender, wildlife, politics, economics, management, ecology, and information technology. The book’s method of analysis can be applied to other developing countries as well]