DR. Peter Wien, ACTING president

Peter Wien is Professor for Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Maryland in College Park. He received his PhD in 2003 from the University of Bonn, Germany, and Master degrees from the University of Oxford, UK, and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, in 1999. He taught at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and was a fellow of the Centre for Modern Oriental Studies in Berlin. His publications include the books Arab Nationalism: The Politics of History and Culture in the Modern Middle East (London: Routledge, 2017), and Iraqi Arab Nationalism: Authoritarian, Totalitarian and Pro-Fascist Inclinations, 1932-1941 (London: Routledge, 2006).

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arbella bet-shlimon, board secretary

Arbella Bet-Shlimon is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Washington. In her research and teaching, she focuses on twentieth-century Iraq and the broader Persian Gulf region, as well as Middle Eastern urban history. She is the author of City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk  (Stanford University Press, 2019).


Amanda Long, US Director

Amanda Long has been the Coordinator of the Preventing Illicit Trafficking/Protecting Cultural Heritage training at the Smithsonian's Museum Conservation Institute since 2015. She earned her master's degree in Egyptian Archaeology from University College London's Institute of Archaeology in 2013 and has worked in cultural heritage preservation ever since. She joined TARII in 2018.

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lucine taminian, senior researcher

Lucine Taminian has a BA in English Literature and Linguistics from Damascus University and an MA in Social Anthropology from the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, Yarmuk University in Irbid. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology in 2001 from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her Ph.D. dissertation focused on the ethnographic history of three Yemeni poetic genres.  She is interested in expressive cultures, oral history, politics of identity, urbanity and food production. Lucine has taught anthropology, expressive cultures, social thought and methodology at universities in Jordan, USA, and Yemen.  


katie johnson, social media & website manager

Katie Johnson is the Coordinator for Education Abroad at AMIDEAST and has been with TARII since 2005. She edits the newsletter and maintains all social media and web platforms.