ZiF Research Group

Global Contestations of Women's and Gender Rights

October 2020 – July 2021

Convenors: Alexandra Scheele (Bielefeld, GER), Julia Roth (Bielefeld, GER), Heidemarie Winkel (Bielefeld, GER)

Suad Joseph

Associate Fellow

FotoAnthropology Department,
University of California, Davis, United States of America
E-Mail: sjoseph@ucdavis.edu


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. She is founder and Founding Director of the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program, University of California, Davis. She is founder and director of the Arab Families Working Group (AFWG); 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); founder and Director of the University of California Davis Arab Region Consortium which includes American University of Beirut, the American University in Cairo, the Lebanese American University, the University of California and Birzeit and American University of Sharjah. She served as the President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2010-2011. For 20 years has directed programs in the Arab region to train scholars in proposal writing and research design. She directs an institute to train early career journalists on Muslim Women and Islamic cultures. She has run grants on sustainable cities and communities. She is Founding and General Editor of the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures. Her edited books include: Women and Islamic Cultures: Disciplinary Paradigms and Approaches (2013). Her co-edited books include: Building Citizenship in Lebanon (1999); Women and Citizenship in Lebanon (1999) and Women and Power in the Middle East (2001). She has published over 100 articles. Her awards and prizes include the UC Davis Undergraduate Teaching and Research Award and the Middle East Studies Association's Jere L. Bacharach Service Award.

Current Main Research Interests

Suad Joseph's 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. She is PI or co-PI on three research projects for the UCDAR Consortium: Gendering STEM Education, Transforming Refugee Mental Health, and Mapping the Production of Knowledge on Women and Gender in the Arab Region. A thematic running through these projects is the gendered and cultural construction of self, of knowledge production, and of foundational assumptions of scientific knowledge. Gendered, cultural, and intersectional pedagogies, methodologies, and frameworks are central to these projects.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the Research Group
  • Suad Joseph, ed. Arab Family Studies: Critical Reviews. Syracuse, 2018
  • Suad Joseph. "Thinking Intentionality: Arab Women's Subjectivity and its Discontents." Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. 8:2:1-25.
  • Suad Joseph. "The Kin Contract and Citizenship in the Middle East." Women and Citizenship, edited by Marilyn Friedman. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 149-169.
  • Suad Joseph, ed. Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East (Syracuse, 2000)
  • Suad Joseph, ed. Intimate Selving in Arab Families (Syracuse, 1999)