Staff

Osama Abi-MershedOsama Abi-Mershed

Director
abimerso@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-5648
Office Location: 255 ICC

Dr. Osama Abi-Mershed is Associate Professor at Georgetown University, and a historian of North Africa and the Middle East. His research focuses on the ideologies and practices of modernization and civilization in nineteenth century Algeria, and on the processes of state- and nation-making in colonial France and North Africa. He teaches courses on the history of North Africa and the Western Mediterranean (medieval and modern); on Arab and Ottoman societies in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; and on colonial and postcolonial Franco-Maghrebi relations.

Rochelle Davisfida Adely

Academic Program Director of the Master of Arts in Arab Studies
fja25@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-5793
Office Location: 143 ICC

Fida Adely is an Associate Professor and the holder of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Maksoud Chair in Arab Studies at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  Dr. Adely is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include education, women and development, and gender and labor in the Arab world. She has conducted field research in Jordan for over a decade. She is the author of Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith & Progress (University of Chicago, 2012) as well as several articles on women, education and development in the Middle East. Dr. Adely was previously a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Transcultural Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a Lecturer at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).  She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2007.

Alison GlickAlison Glick

Assistant Director
ajg284@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-5647
Office Location: 253 ICC

Alison Glick joined CCAS as Assistant Director in November, 2016. Alison worked for several years in the Arab world as a teacher and human rights researcher in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and as a freelance writer based in Damascus, Syria. Alison’s experience in higher education includes serving as Director of International Services at University of Dayton’s Center for International Programs. Alison also managed business immigration and global mobility programs for an international consulting firm. Before joining the Center in November, she worked in nonprofit education and international programs developing curriculum and supporting advocacy efforts focused on whistleblower rights and transparency issues, both domestically and internationally. Alison graduated Summa Cum Laude from Temple University with a B.A. in Middle East History. She speaks intermediate Levantine Arabic.

KelliKelli Harris

Assistant Director of Academic Programs
kmh79@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-8957
Office Location: 247 ICC

Ms. Harris joined CCAS in 2009 as the Academic Program Coordinator and in September 2014, she became the Assistant Director of Academic Programs.  Before coming to CCAS, she worked in Georgetown's Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies for a year, and she also lived in Jordan from 2006 to 2008, where she taught kindergarten at a school in Amman.  Ms. Harris received a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and History from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Islam and Muslim-Christian relations in 2015 from Georgetown, where she focused primarily on gender and Islamic law.

Susan DouglassSusan Douglass

Education Outreach Coordinator
sld58@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-7902
Office Location: 254 ICC

Dr. Douglass joined CCAS in June 2014 as the Center's Education Outreach Coordinator. She received her PhD in world history at George Mason University in 2016, and has an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from the University of Rochester.  Dr. Douglass has developed the education outreach program for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University in 2007, served as Senior Researcher for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and managed several grant projects for the Ali Vurak Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University. She has contributed to curriculum projects such as World History for Us All and Children and Youth in History, and she has designed and developed online teaching resources such as The Indian Ocean in World History and Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean. Douglass' major publications include World Eras: Rise and Spread of Islam, 622-1500 (Thompson/Gale, 2002), the children's book Ramadan (Carolrhoda Books, 2002), and the national study Teaching About Religion in National and State Social Studies Standards (Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Council on Islamic Education, 2000).

Vicki ValosikVicki Valosik

Multimedia and Publications Editor
vicki.valosik@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-6177
Office Location: 256 ICC

Ms. Valosik joined the CCAS as Multimedia and Publications Editor in November 2014. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Valosik worked at AMIDEAST, where she managed several large educational and cultural exchange programs for students and professionals from the Middle East and North Africa. She holds an M.A. in Nonfiction Writing from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Alabama. For her graduate sociology thesis, Ms. Valosik conducted survey and interview research in Damascus, Syria. She currently serves as Assistant Editor for the Arab Studies Journal. Her writings have appeared in The Atlantic, International Educator, Smithsonian Magazine, Slate, American Scholar, Washington Post Magazine, US News & World Report and Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. In addition to her work as editor at CCAS, Ms. Valosik teaches a year-long thesis workshop for MAAS students. 

Azza Altiraifi

Events Coordinator
aa1967@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-6215
Office Location: 241 ICC

Ms. Altiraifi joined the CCAS as Events Coordinator in January 2017. She brings to her position over four years of experience in event planning and communications, and advanced fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and the Sudanese, Arabian, Egyptian, and Levantine dialects. Ms. Altiraifi is a graduate of American University’s School of Public Affairs, carrying a B.A. in Law & Society. She has interned at Al Jazeera English, served on the steering committee of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), and interned for Green Door Behavioral Health, DC’s second largest non-profit. Her research interests include legal theory, philosophy, Afro-Arab identity, and media studies.

bianca kemp

Program Manager
bnk12@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-5707
Office Location: 241 ICC

Ms. Kemp has served as Program Manager of CCAS since May 2016. She brings to the position a background in (higher) education administration, research, and teaching English as a Foreign Language. Ms. Kemp earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The University of Chicago and a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from The American University in Cairo. Her areas of interest include the construction of ethnic identity, identity politics, and the Lebanese Diaspora.

BrendaBrenda Bickett

Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Bibliographer
bickettb@georgetown.edu
Phone: 202/687-4482
Office Location: 330 Lauinger

Ms. Bickett is the Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies Bibliographer, Joseph Mark Lauinger Library (M.A., library and information science and M.A., Middle Eastern studies, University of Michigan). Ms. Bickett develops Georgetown University Library's collections in Arab, Islamic, and Turkish studies to meet the curricular and research needs of students and faculty. Her research interests focus on the Arabian Gulf, especially the Sultanate of Oman.