Stephen Sheehi




Stephen Sheehi (MA, PhD, Michigan) is the Sultan Qaboos bin Said Chair of Middle East Studies and Director of the Program of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (AMES) at the College of William and Mary. He is Professor of Arabic Studies as well, and holds a joint appointment in AMES and the Arabic Program in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Prof. Sheehi’s work examines cultural, intellectual, art history, and the political economy of the late Ottoman Empire and the Arab Renaissance (al-nahdah al-‘arabiyah). His research and written commentaries have also examined Islamophobia in the United States and contemporary issues of the Middle East, most prominently Palestine-Israel and Lebanon. In addition to Middle Eastern society, culture,  intellectual and artist history, Islamophobia, Arab American issues, and Middle East political affairs, he is also interested in issues of in political theory,  psychoanalysis, and poststructural theory.

Prof. Sheehi is the author of three books:  The Arab Imago: A Social History of Indigenous Photography 1860-1910  (Princeton University Press, 2016);  Islamophobia: The Ideological Campaign Against Muslims (Clarity Press, 2011), which  has been translated into Arabic as al-Islamofobia: al-Hamlah al-idiulujiyah dud al-Muslimin translation by Fatimah Nasr (Cairo: Dar al-Sutour, 2012); and Foundations of Modern Arab Identity (University Press of Florida, 2004).

Prof. Sheehi has published in a variety of venues on Middle Eastern photography, art, literature, and intellectual history in venues such as Third Text, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, The British Journal of Middle East Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, Discourse, The Journal of Arabic Literature, Ibraaz, Critique, Jouvert, The Journal of Comparative South Asian, African, Middle Eastern Studies and Encyclopedia of Islam along with publishing commentary in Common Dreams, Mondoweiss, Jadaliyyaand al-Adab. He is on the advisory board of the Society for Contemporary Thought and the Islamicate World. He has lectured nationally and internationally including at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul, and the Library of Congress. He is also a Board Member at Kultrans’ “Synchronizing the World” Project, an interdisciplinary research project at the University of Olso, directed by Helge Jordheim.