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Academic conferences and symposia, lectures to professional societies (since 2000)

  • December 8-12, 2017: Co-Chairmanship and Speaker for Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg (University of Bonn) international conference: “Material Culture Methods in the Middle Islamic Period”, Bonn, Germany. Lecture title “On Houses and Households: the Built Environment of Family Life in Late Medieval Syria ”.
  • April 10-15, 2017: Invited lecture entitled “Islamic Archaeology in Jordan” for “Islamic Archaeology in Global Perspective Conference” to celebrate opening of the new National Museum in Bahrain.
  • March 27 – April 2, 2017: Paper entitled “Localizing the Imperial Grain Economy in Mamluk Syria: Expressions of Village-Level Initiatives in 14th-Century Transjordan”, for panel “Archaeologies of Empire and Environment”, Annual Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • December 15-16, 2016: Paper entitled “Archaeological evidence for vernacular housing in Syrian villages”, for workshop “Living Space: the house in medieval Islam”, Institut National de l'Histoire de l'Art, Paris.
  • December 6, 2016” Paper entitled “It Takes a Village: Local Know-How and Interdependencies in Syrian Agriculture, the Late Medieval Era” for conference “Environmental Approaches in Pre-Modern Middle Eastern Studies”, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, University of Bonn, Bonn.
  • November 17, 2016: Paper entitled “Regionalisms in Settlement and Land Use in Late Medieval Syria: Highlands as Hinterlands” for panel “Archaeology of Islamic Societies”, Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Antonio, Texas
  • November 5-6, 2016: Paper entitled “Grain for the Governor, Bread for the Home: Village-Level Initiatives in Imperial Grain Production in Mamluk Syria", German-Japanese Mamlukology Workshop, Tokyo
  • June 23-25, 2016: Paper entitled “What is a “village”?: A Comparative Study of Village Society and Land Use in Mamluk-Era Bilād al-Shām”,  School of Mamluk Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago
  • June 7, 2016: Public lecture entitled “Daily Life on the Mamluk Frontier: Excavations at Tall Hisban (Jordan), a Large Village of the Late Middle Ages’, Hava Lazarus-Yafeh Annual Memorial Lecture, Nehemia Lavtzion Centre for Islamic Studies,Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • June 6, 2016: Graduate seminar entitled “A Tale of Three Villages: Agriculture and Village Life in Mamluk Syria”, Institute of Archaeology, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
  • May 22, 2016: Paper entitled “Understanding the Contours of Rural Life in the Middle and Late Islamic Periods: New Evidence from Tall Hisban”, International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Amman
  • April 27, 2016: Paper entitled “Settlement Abandonment and Site Formation Processes: Case Studies from Late Islamic Syria”, International Conference on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Vienna
  • March 31, 2016: Paper entitled “Qaṣr or Qalʿah?: The Multiple Roles of the Governor’s ‘Palace’ at Tall Ḥisbān, Jordan”, 9th Internationales Colloquium der Deutschen Orient-Gesellschaft. Panel - "Der Palast im antiken und islamischen Orient", Frankfurt am Main
  • March 17, 2016: Musée du Louvre, “Actualité de la recherche archéologique” public lecture series. Invited lecture entitled “La vie quotidienne à la frontière islamique : les fouilles de Tall Hisban (Jordanie) - un grand site rural de l'époque mamelouke ", Paris
  • March 1, 2016 : Lecture (in French) entitled “Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg : Programme, Concept, tâches”  for Réunion administrative de l'Université - Université Abou Bakr Belkaïd. Tlemcen, Algeria
  • February 30, 2016: Public lecture (in French) entitled “Études sur la vie des "fellahin" syriens à l'époque mamelouke: méthodes archéologiques”, for research visit to Faculty of Humanities, Université Abou Bakr Belkaïd, Tlemcen, Algeria
  • November 18-24, 2015: Paper entitled “New Perspectives on Village Life at Tall Hisban, Middle Islamic Period”, Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Studies. Atlanta, Georgia
  • October 5-6, 2015: Paper entitled “Madaba Plains, Central Jordan: The Curse of Ceramic Regionalism (or The Case for Studying Assemblages)” for international workshop “Ceramic Evidence for a Byzantine-Islamic Transition: New Approaches to Ceramic Studies in the Late Antique and Early Islamic Near East”. Sponsored by the Research Unit of Islamic Archaeology, University of Bonn. (Organized by Walker).
  • September 24-26, 2015: Paper “The Local Experiences of Imperial Transitions: The Transformation of Rural Society in the Late Mamluk Era” for the University of Bonn, Islamic Archaeology Research Unit panel, Islamic Studies section, Joint German Middle East Studies Association (DAVO) - German Oriental Society (DMG) conference, Bochum. Organized the panel.
  • July 9, 2015: Keynote speaker for Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg (University of Bonn) international conference: “Between Saladin and Selim the Grim: Syria Under Ayyubid and Mamluk Rule”, Bonn, Germany. Lecture title “Homeland and Heimweh: Rural Perspectives on the ‘Syrian Experience’”.
  • March 20-21, 2015: “The Long 15th Century” Deep Transformations and New Possibilities”, Annual History Seminar at the American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt. Paper entitled “Natural Resource Management and the 15th-century State: Late Mamluk Land Reforms in a Comparative Perspective
  • March 5-7, 2015: “The Mamluk-Ottoman Transition: Continuity and Change in Egypt and Bilad al-Sham in the Sixteenth Century”, workshop held at the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, Bonn, German. Paper entitled “Early Ottoman/Late Islamic I/post-Mamluk: What are the archaeological traces of the 16th century in Syria?”.
  • October 1, 2014: Seminar of CNRS, Paris - Sorbonne (series “Histoire et Archéologie de l’Islam et de la Mediterranée médiévale) - lecture entitled “Tall Hisban: A Mamluk Citadel Embedded in a Small Transjordanian Town“, and presentation to launch  new Journal of Islamic Archaeology.
  • September 19-20, 2014: Conference entitled “Bourdieu, Canonicity, and Social Canons in the Pre-Modern Levant, sponsored by the project “Local Dynamics of Globalization in the Pre-Modern Levant”, Unbiversity of Oslo, Norway Early Hebrew Scripture as a Case Study for the Fabrication of Symbolic Hegemony, My paper entitled “Canonicity in Peasant Society in Late Medieval Syria”
  • July 3-5, 2014: International Conference on “Migration and Mobility”, Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit, Cologne, Germany. Paper entitled “The ‘Liquid Landscapes’ of the Pre-Modern Levant: Rural Migration and Identity-Making from a Historical Perspective”.
  • June 15-16, 2014: Conference on “The Mamluk Sultanate from the Perspective of Regional and World History”, Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Paper entitled “The ‘Liquid Landscapes’ of the Late Mamluk Mediterranean: Rural Perspectives on the ever-Changing Sultanate”.
  • February 5, 2014: Islamic Art Circle Series, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK: lecture entitled “When pottery speaks: What inscribed ceramics tell us about people, polities, and power in the late medieval Levant”
  • November 20-23, 2013: American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA. Paper title “Excavations at Tall Hisban, 2013 Season: Investigations of the Middle and Late Islamic Village”.
  • October 10-13, 2013: Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA. Paper entitled “The Local Experience of Mamluk Rule: A Study of Imperial Projects ‘From Below’”.
  • September 23-27, 2013: Deutschen Orientalistentag, Münster, GERMANY. Paper entitled “Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg – History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517) – Program, Concept, Tasks”. Keymote address for the Historical Anthropology and Material Culture section: “Islamic Archaeology – Theoretical Approaches, Methodological Challenges, Innovative Perspectives”.
  • July 20, 2013: VARi Symposium “Welten im Umbruch - Archäologische Perspektiven”, University of Bonn (Akademisches Kunstmuseum). Paper entitled “Death of the Qasr - a medieval Islamic settlement form transformed: Results of Recent Fieldwork at Tall Hisban, Jordan“.
  • April 26-27, 2013: Jordan excursion training workshop, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, University of Bonn. Led seminars on stratigraphic record-keeping, archaeological theory, and the research goals of the 2013 excavation season at Tall Hisban.
  • March 18-20, 2013: Local Dynamics of Modernization in the Pre-Modern Levant, workshop – University of Oslo. Paper entitled “Human Migration in the Pre-Modern Levant: What can Bourdieu offer a study on power, identity, and space?”.
  • Feb. 4-5, 2013: International Workshop of the Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg – “Space, Historical Geography and Cartography in Mamluk Studies”. Paper entitled “Landscape Archaeology and Regional Structures of Settlement and Migration: A Multidisciplinary Survey“.
  • December 6-9, 2012: Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, University of Bonn, International Conference, “Everything is on the Move: The ‘Mamluk Empire’ as a Node in (Trans-) Regional Networks”. Paper entitled “Mobility and Migration in Mamluk Syria: The Dynamism of Villagers ‘on the Move’”.
  • Nov. 14-17, 2012: ASOR Annual Meeting, Chicago. Paper entitled “Adaptations, Transformations, and Continuities: Grand Narratives in Islamic Archaeology Today”.
  • Nov. 29-30, 2012: Second bi-university Mamluk workshop, University of Ghent. Paper entitled “In What Sense is this “Home”?: Rural Mobility in Late Mamluk Syria (spatial and demographic analysis)”
  • August 24-25, 2012: MIRI, University of Copenhagen workshop “Materiality of the Islamic Rural Economy: archaeological perspectives on extra-urban life”. Paper entitled “The Northern Jordan Project and the ‘Liquid Landscapes’ of Late Islamic Bilad al-Sham”.
  • June 29, 2012: VARI Köln-Bonn, University of Bonn workshop “Towards an economic archaeology: state of the art, questions, problems, perspectives”. Paper entitled “Agricultural Entrepreneurship in Medieval Transjordan: A Documentary Approach to Islamic Archaeology”.
  • June 19, 2012: Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Gent, Medieval Seminar Series. Lecture entitled “Potential of frontier studies in medieval Islam: Lessons learned from Jordan”.
  • April 30-May 4, 2012: 8th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, Warsaw, Poland. Paper entitled “Exercising Power on the Mamluk Frontier: The Phenomenon of the Small Rural Citadel, Case of Tall Hisban”
  • December 16-18, 2011: Ubi sumus? Quo vademus?: Kickoff conference for the Annemarie Schimmel Kollege, University of Bonn, Germany. Presentation on the state of Mamluk archaeology today.
  • December 1-4, 2011: MESA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Paper entitled "Seeking justice on the Mamluk frontier: the formal and informal legal institutions of late medieval Transjordan”.


  • November16-19, 2011: ASOR Annual Meeting, San Francisco. Paper entitled "Carving out a space for us: religion land, and the transformed 'frontiers' of the late Mamluk state".
  • March 20, 2011: ASOR Regional Meeting, St. Louis, MO. Paper entitled “Northern Jordan Project 2010 Season: Pilgrimage and Water Harvesting in al-Turra Village”.
  • November 17-20, 2010: ASOR Annual Meeting, Atlanta. Paper entitled “Deconstructing the qasr on Tall Hisban: Highlights from the 2010 Season”.
  • June 17, 2010: Israel Antiquities Authority Annual Pottery Workshop, Jerusalem, ISRAEL. Presentation on “Crusader and Handmade Ware from Jordan”.
  • June 7-14, 2010: International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Paris, FRANCE. Paper entitled “Settlement Decline or Internal Migration?: “Reading” Anew the History of Late Mamluk Jordan”.
  • April 12-16, 2010: International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East, London, ENGLAND. Paper entitled “Political Ecology and the Landscapes of Northern Jordan in the Late Islamic Periods”, in panel on Islamic archaeology “Landscape, Transport, and Communication”.
  • March 21, 2010: American Schools of Oriental Research Central Regions Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO. Paper entitled “Where Did All the People Go?: An Ecological Interpretation of Settlement Decline in Late Medieval Southern Syria”.
  • Nov. 23, 2009: Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Boston, MA. Paper entitled “Internal Migration and the Collapse of the Mamluk State in Southern Bilad al-Sham”, in panel “Transforming Landscapes”.
  • Nov. 21, 2009: Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, New Orleans, LA. Respondent for panel “Joint Archaeological Expedition to Tell el-Hesi: Reports On Regional Survey”.
  • August 19, 2009: Fellows Lecture Series, American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, JORDAN – Public lecture entitled “Jordan in the Late Middle Ages: Transformation of the Mamluk Frontier”.
  • June 30th-July 2, 2009: 14th Annual Workshop of the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, ISRAEL. Workshop theme: “Material Evidence and Narrative Sources: Interdisciplinary Studies of the History of Islamic Societies”. Paper entitled “On Archives and Archaeology: Reassessing Mamluk Rule in Jordan from Documentary Sources and the NJP”.
  • June 23, 2009: Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Research Group of the Concept of Urban Change, workshop. Research group presentation on tribalism and town formation in medieval Jordan.
  • June 21, 2009: Institute of Advanced Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Workshop on Early Islamic and Crusader Pottery. Demonstration of the new Islamic Ceramics Virtual Lab for international collaboration on ceramics research.
  • November 19-22, 2008: Annual Meetings of the American Schools of Oriental Research, Boston, MA. Paper entitled “Islamic Archaeology in Jordan”
  • November 6-8. 2008: Conference on “Transjordan in Centuries 12-13 and the ‘Frontiers’ of the Medieval Mediterranean”, University of Florence, ITALY. Paper entitled “Transjordan as the Mamluk Frontier: Imperial Conceptions of Authority and Space”
  • May 30, 2008: Conference entitled “Tell and Empire: Cultural Complexities in the Ancient and Medieval Levant”, University of Oslo, NORWAY. Paper entitled “Texts and Tells: Medieval Islamic Archaeology in Jordan”.
  • November 16, 2007: Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research, San Diego, CA. Paper entitled “Becoming Ottoman: Jordan's economy and culture under early Ottoman rule” for annual panel “Material Culture of Ottoman Bilad al-Sham”. Also paper “From the Madaba Plains to Northern Jordan” for a two-part special panel celebrating the Madaba Plains Project 40th anniversary.
  • May 23-28, 2007: Tri-annual International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, Washington, D.C., George Washington University. Theme: “Crossing Jordan”. Paper entitled “Imperial Transitions and Peasant Society in Middle and Late Islamic Jordan”.
  • April 13-15, 2007: International Conference on Mamluk Politics, Chicago, University of Chicago and De Paul University. Paper entitled “The Tribal Dimension in Egyptian-Jordanian Relations”.
  • March 26-28, 2007: Annual workshop of the Global Moments in the Levant Project, Bergen, Norway. Presented a paper entitled “Reflections on rural Islam and engagement with the state”.
  • December 7, 2006: Invited lecture for CNRS (Centre National de Recherche Scientifique), the French National Science Research Center, in Paris. Title of presentation was “Excavations at Medieval Tall Hisban, a Mamluk Outpost in the Jordanian Interior”.
  • December 6, 2006: Invited lecture in French for graduate seminar on medieval religion at University of Paris I – Sorbonne, Paris, on topic “Méthodologies historiques et archéologiques dans l’étude de réligion populaire de la Jourdanie médiévale”.
  • November 27-28, 2006: Workshop “Global Warming and Impact on Ecosystems”, sponsored by Brandenburg University of Technology (Cottbus, Germany) and DAAD, held in St. Marienthal-Ostritz. Invited, and presented paper “Historicizing Settlement Cycles and Climate Change in the Medieval Levant”.
  • November 15, 2006: Invited lecture for graduate seminar sponsored by the Middle East Centre of the University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway. Presentation entitled “Financial Collapse and the Medieval State: Challenges and Sources”.
  • May 2-5, 2006: Annual Global Moments in the Levant project workshop, Bergen, Norway. Presented paper “Imperial-rural relations evaluated through land-use: Late medieval and Ottoman Jordan”.
  • March 24-25, 2006: last international conference of project “Exercising Power in the Age of the Sultanates”, held in Cairo, Egypt. Presented paper “The Agricultural Dimension of Imperial-Peasant Relations in Mamluk Jordan”.
  • Nov. 19-22, 2005: MESA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Paper entitled “Transformation of the Agricultural Economy of Late Mamluk Jordan” for panel on “Decline or Transformation: The Economy of the Later Mamluk Sultanate”.
  • Nov. 16-19, 2005: ASOR Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA. Organized panel on “Material Culture in Ottoman Syro-Palestine: Ottoman Ceramics” and giving paper in that session entitled “Identifying the Late Islamic period ceramically: Preliminary observations on Ottoman wares from central and northern Jordan”.
  • Nov. 3-4, 2005: Workshop on “Welfare, Gender and Practice: 1800-2000”, sponsored by the Centre de Coopération Franco-Norvégienne en Sciences Sociales et Humaines, Paris, FRANCE. Paper entitled “Rural Sufism as Channels of Charity in Nineteenth-Century Jordan”.
  • May 23-25, 2005: Annual workshop of the Global Moments in the Levant Project, Bergen, Norway. Gave paper entitled “Political Ecology in Mamluk Jordan”.
  • May 13, 2005: IFPO-ACOR Symposium “Exercising Power in the Age of the Sultanates: Bilad al-Sham”. Present research paper entitled “The Role of Agriculture in Mamluk-Jordanian Power Relations” and organize the conference; Amman, JORDAN. Co-sponsored by the French and American research institutes in Amman and Damascus.
  • May 5-8, 2005: International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan. Paper entitled “Sowing the seeds of rural decline?: Agriculture as an economic barometer in late Mamluk Jordan” for Middle East Medievalists’ sponsored panel “Decline or Transformation? The Economy of the Late Medieval Middle East”; Kalamazoo, MI.
  • Nov. 16-21, 2004: ASOR Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. Paper entitled “MPP – Tall Hisban: Preliminary Results of the 2004 Season” (presented with Oystein LaBianca). Also Chaired panel “Archaeology in Jordan”.
  • June 3, 2004: Seminar entitled “On the Fringe of Society: Archaeological and Ethnoarchaeological Perspectives on Pastoral and Agricultural Societies”, sponsored by the Albright Institute, Jerusalem, ISRAEL. Paper entitled “Regional Markets and their Impact on Agriculture in Mamluk and Ottoman Transjordan”.
  • May 24-28, 2004: Ninth International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan: “Cultural Interaction Through the Ages”, Petra, JORDAN. Paper entitled “The Politics of Land Management in Medieval Islam: The Village of Malka in Northern Jordan”.
  • November 20-22, 2003: ASOR Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA. Paper entitled “The Malka-Hibras Survey: Archaeological Investigations of Mamluk Agricultural Policy”. Also Chaired panel “Archaeology in Jordan”.
  • November 24-26, 2002: MESA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Paper entitled “Mamluk Investment in the Transjordan: A ‘Boom and Bust’ Economy”.
  • November 20-23, 2002: ASOR Annual Meeting, Toronto, ON. Paper entitled “Reassessing the Early Islamic Period in the Madaba Plains: the Islamic Qusur at Tall Hisban”
  • April 5, 2002: Seventh Annual Mamluk Studies Review Lecture (sponsored by the Center of Middle East Studies, University of Chicago) - “Recent Research on Mamluk Transjordan”.
  • November 28 – December 4, 2001: AAA Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. Paper entitled “The Globalizing Effects of Hajj in the Medieval and Modern Eras” – a special session on “Connectivity in Antiquity: Globalization as Long Term Historical Process”.
  • November 17-20, 2001: MESA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. Paper entitled “Hisban and the Mamluks’ Administration of Transjordan”.
  • November 14-17, 2001: ASOR Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO. Paper entitled “Ceramic Evidence for Lusignan-Mamluk Relations”, for panel “Archaeology of Cyprus – General Session”.
  • November 14-17, 2001: ASOR Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO. Paper jointly presented with Øystein LaBianca on “Renewed Research in Islamic Hisban” - for panel “Madaba Plains Project 2001”.
  • November 15-17, 2001: ASOR Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO. Discussant for two panels on “Connectivity in Antiquity”.
  • June 27, 2001: ACOR Summer 2001 Lecture Series, Amman, JORDAN. Field report jointly presented with Øystein LaBianca on “New Discoveries at Islamic Hisban”.
  • November 15-18, 2000: ASOR Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. Paper entitled “Muslim
  • Images of the Holy Land: Ibn Battuta’s Rihla in Bilad al-Sham” - for panel “Accounts of Travelers to the Holy Land”.
  • August 20-23, 2000: Institut Français d’Archéologie du Proche Orient, Amman, JORDAN, special round-table conference - “Common Ware pottery of the 1st to 7th century A.D. from north, central, and south Jordan”. Presentation on Umayyad pottery of Tall Hisban.
  • July 29, 2000: American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, JORDAN, Fellows’ lecture series. Lecture on “Mamluk Administration of Southern Bilad al-Sham”.
  • July 19, 2000: Madaba Plains Project, Amman, JORDAN, Andrews University summer field school. Undergraduate lecture on “Mamluk palaces”.
  • April 27, 2000: Society of Economic and Business Historians, annual meeting, San Diego, CA. Paper entitled “Bangles, Beads, and Bedouin: Excavating a Late Ottoman Cemetery in Jordan” - the panel “The Business of Caring for the Dead: Ancient Past, American Past, Present and Future”



Outreach – public lectures, etc.

  • January 19, 2011: Public lecture entitled “Where Did All the People Go?: The Phenomenon of the 'Disappearing' Villages of Late Medieval Syria", De Paul University Museum, Chicago.
  • January 19, 2011: Guest lecture on Jordanian archaeology for undergraduate history course “Jordan in World History”, De Paul University, Chicago.
  • October 1, 2010: “Jordan Through the Ages, redux”, for First Friday Art Walk, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Springfield, MO.
  • September 10, 2010: Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI: undergraduate lecture on survey methods and projects design used by my Northern Jordan Project.
  • March 18-31, 2010: “Jordan Through the Ages” public exhibit, Student Exhibition Center, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO.
  • December 2, 2009: Missouri Archaeological Society, Springfield, MO; guest lecture on recent excavations at Tall Hisban, Jordan.
  • Sept. 17, 2009: Faculty Forum, College of Humanities and Public Affairs, Missouri State University, Springfield, MO; lecture on current research on demographic decline of late medieval Jordan.
  • August 19, 2009: Annual NEH-ACOR Fellows Lecture, American Center of Oriental Research, Amman, JORDAN. Lecture entitled “Jordan in the Late Middle Ages: Transformation of the Mamluk Frontier”.
  • July 6, 2007: 40th Anniversary Celebration of Madaba Plains Project, at Tall Hisban, Jordan. Gave a bi-lingual speech in Arabic and English. August 17, 2006: Live interview with WGVSU on the GVSU summer in the Middle East.
  • July 4, 2006: Interview in Arabic for local Jordanian newspaper al-Dustur on mosque excavation in Hubras. (“Ba‘tha anrikiyya taqumu bi-masuhat wa tanqibat athariyya fi Beni Kinana”, by Bakr Obeidat, p. 40).
  • February 15, 2006: Live interview with WGVSU on the GVSU archaeological project in Jordan.
  • December 3, 2005: Iraq teach-in, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, sponsored by Betty Ford and the Institute for Global Education. Gave lecture entitled “Saddam Hussein’s pan-Arabic rhetoric and its historical allusions”.
  • November 19, 2005: Public lecture entitled “The Visual World of Women in Medieval Islam”, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia, PA.
  • July 25, 2005: Live radio interview (in Arabic) for WNZK, Detroit, promotion of Petra exhibit at Calvin College.
  • June 14, 2005: Public lecture on Crusader Petra for Calvin College’s “Explore Petra: the Rose Red City” tour, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • November 18, 2004: Public lecture entitled “The Literary and Spiritual Worlds of Medieval Persia: Exploring SAMA’s Islamic Ceramic Collection”, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas.
  • November 15, 2004: Agha Khan Lecture Series at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. Lecture title “Rural-Imperial Relations in Medieval Jordan: an Architectural Perspective from Tall Hisban”.
  • July 7, 2004: Ten-minute spot on “OKC Metro”, OETA (Oklahoma City’s PBS station), general discussion of women, democracy, and human rights in Middle East today
  • February 7, 2004: Ten-minute spot on “OKC Metro, spoke on the Iraqi Governing Council and personal status laws.
  • October 30, 2003: Guest lecture for International Affairs Lecture Series, School of International Studies, Oklahoma State University; “Political Dimensions of Educational Reform in Southern Thailand”.
  • April 11, 2003: Invited participant in public panel on “Roots of Political Problems in the Middle East”, sponsored by Prince of Songkla University, Pattani, Thailand; aired on Pattani public radio on April 12.
  • October 21-23, 2002: U.S. State Department pilot project for American Studies Program in Amman, JORDAN (joint University of Oklahoma – Oklahoma State University team, directed by Ambassador Edwin Corr). Led workshops on “University Education in the United States” and “Middle East Studies in American Universities”.
  • October 16, 2002: Lecture entitled “The Road Back to Oslo: U.S. Policies Towards Palestinian Independence”, evening lecture sponsored by OSU Department of Philosophy and The Friends of the Forms.
  • October 14-27, 2002: Designed and directed “Hisban Through the Ages”, a public exhibit of OSU’s archaeological excavations of Tall Hisban in Jordan, Architecture Building Exhibit Hall (co-sponsored by The Department of History, The Undergraduate History Society, Phi Alpha Theta, and The School of International Studies).
  • September 16, 2002: Ten-minute spot on “OKC Metro”, OETA, spoke on changes in the lives of Muslim women since 9/11 (Afghanistan, Palestine, and U.S.)
  • December 8, 2001: Ten-minute spot on “OKC Metro”, OETA, spoke on women in Afghanistan.
  • September 25, 2001: Participant in “Responding to Terror” panel, sponsored by OSU Department of Philosophy and The Friends of the Forms.


Membership in professional societies

  • Middle East Studies Association, American Schools of Oriental Research


Professional offices held

  • Chair, ASOR Consultation for Dig Directors in Jordan (liaison between Jordanian Department of Antiquities and ACOR North American dig directors) – Nov. 2001 – today.
  • Member, ACOR Board of Trustees, 2010-2012. Member, Library (from 2010) and Fellowships (from 2011) subcommittees.
  • Member of ASOR Board of Trustees, 2004-2007.
  • Member, ASOR Program Committee, 2010-2012.
  • Member of ASOR’s CAP (Committee on Archaeological Policy), 2005-2007.
  • Board of Directors, Middle East Medievalists, 2005 – on.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Mamluk Studies Review (University of Chicago), 2004-ongoing.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Near Eastern Archaeology, 2004 – on.
  • Member of Editorial Board, Bulletin d’ Études Orientales, (French-language, peer-reviewed journal on medieval history and culture, Damascus), 2007 – on.
  • American Organizing Committee for International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, May 23-28, 2007, Washington, D.C. ( – 2006-2007.
  • Member of Steering Committee and ACOR representative scholar for CAORC project entitled “The Exercise of Ruling Power in the Middle East and North African Societies (13th-18th C): Practices and Representations”, a series of joint French and American-led international research symposia in five Middle Eastern capitals during 2004-2006.
  • Co-Editor, Mamluk Studies On-line Bibliography, University of Chicago (under development), 2004 – on.
  • Associate Member, Middle East Center, University of Chicago, 2004-2006.
  • Associate Researcher, Institute of Archaeology, Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, 2004-on.
  • Regular article referee for Mamluk Studies Review (Chicago) and Near Eastern Archaeology (Atlanta) and occasionally for Levant (Oxford, UK) and Annales Islamologiques (Paris, France).


Fund raising

  • Member of Advisory Board for an Oklahoma university consortium project entitled “al-Sharaka”. This project won a $15 million, 3-year USAID grant in November 2003 for rebuilding Iraq’s higher education system; was Team Lead for Cultural Heritage component of this project.