BCARS Executive Committee
The BCARS Executive Committee is comprised of academics, journalists, and advisers on Arab Region issues representing the fields of security, law, economics, and Middle East Politics. The Executive Committee meets annually and works in tandem with the BCARS Directorship to establish the Consortium’s research and outreach priorities.
Professor of Political Science and Director, of the Program in Islamic Civilization and Societies (ICS) at Boston College
Ali Banuazizi’s scholarly interests include political cultures of the Middle East; intellectuals and politics in the Middle East; and Iran's social history, domestic politics, and foreign relations. He is the past President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and the International Society for Iranian Studies (ISIS).
Dr. Banuazizi has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Harvard, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.I.T., and Oxford University.
Director of Boston University Law School's Human Rights Clinic
Clinical Professor of Law
Dr. Akram was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Teaching and Research Award in 2000, and has lectured to both public and governmental audiences, including UNRWA and the EU. She has taught at the American University of Cairo, Al Quds University, Birzeit University, and Oxford University.
She supervises students in international advocacy on the domestic, regional, and international levels. Dr. Akram's research interests revolve around immigration and human rights in the Middle East, Arab Region, and Muslim world.
Nadim N. Rouhana
Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies, Director of the Program on International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Fletcher School, Director, The Fares Center of Eastern Mediterranean Studies
Dr. Rouhana's research includes work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the dynamics of protracted social conflict, collective identity and democratic citizenship in multi-ethnic states, and settler colonialism. His recent books include the co-edited volume, "When Politics Are Sacralized: Comparative Perspectives on Religions Claims and Nationalism" (Cambridge University Press, 2021), and the edited volume, "Israel and its Palestinian Citizens: Ethnic Privileges in the Jewish State" (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Dr. Rouhana is also an affiliate faculty at the Harvard Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and founding Director at the Mada al-Carmel-Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa