Seteney Shami

Program Director, Middle East North Africa; InterAsia ProgramPhone: (718) 517-3660


Seteney Shami has been with the Social Science Research Council since July 1999 and is director of the InterAsia Program as well as the Middle East and North Africa Program. She also currently serves as founding director of the Arab Council for the Social Sciences (ACSS), a regional nonprofit organization headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. She received her doctorate in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Shami's most recent publication is an co-edited volume (with Cynthia Miller-Idriss) entitled Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (SSRC and NYU Press 2016). A forthcoming volume is co-authored with Mitchell Stevens and Cynthia Miller-Idriss entitled Seeing the World: How U.S. Universities make Knowledge in a Global Era (Princeton University Press 2018). Seteney Shami has taught at Yarmouk University, U.C. Berkeley, University of Chicago and Stockholm University. She served on the editorial boards of several publications, including Central Asian SurveyThe Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic CulturesCultural AnthropologyEthnos, and International Migration Review.


Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge, eds. Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss (November 2016),
Publics, Politics and Participation: Locating the Public Sphere in the Middle East and North Africa, ed. Seteney Shami (2009).
Items & Issues, Robert Albro (Contributor), Daniel Aldrich (Contributor), Holly Danzeisen (Contributor), Scott Frickel (Contributor), David Held (Contributor), Andrew Lakoff (Contributor), William G. O'Neill (Contributor), Dena Plemmons (Contributor), Seteney Shami (Contributor), Kristian Coates Ulrichsen (Contributor), Mark Vanlandingham (Contributor) and M. Bess Vincent (Contributor) (2010),