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List of Professors

Name Years at Michigan Positionsort icon

David C. Jacobson

1977 - 1979
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Studies
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Avraham Balaban

1984 - 1989
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Mark S. Bernstein

1992 - 1999
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Raymond Joseph Hoffmann

1986
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Ziona Hanash Kopelovich

1975
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Mustansir Mir

1986 - 1993
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Peter B. Machinist

1986 - 1990
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

John A. Bailey

1966 - 1980
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Literature

Matthew W. Stolper

1977 - 1980
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies

George Makdisi

1953
Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies 1957

Kovork B. Bardakjian

1983 - 2000
Marie Manoogian Professor of Armenian Languages and Literature
Professor of Near Eastern Studies

George E. Mendenhall

1952 - 1986
Professor of Ancient and Biblical Studies

Charles R. Krahmalkov

1965 - 2004
Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Literature

Ernest T. Abdel-Massih

1968 - 1982
Professor of Arabic & Berber
Director Center for Near Eastern & North African Studies

Ernest N. McCarus

1952 - 1995
Professor of Arabic and Kurdish
Chair Department of Near Eastern Studies

James A. Bellamy

1959 - 1995
Professor of Arabic Literature
Professor of Near Eastern Studies

George F Hourani


1950 - 1967
Professor of Arabic Studies

David N. Freedman

1971 - 1993
Professor of Biblical Studies
Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Oscar L. Chavarria Aguilar

1957 - 1967
Professor of Indic Languages and Linguistics
Professor of Near Eastern Studies

Gernot L. Windfuhr

1966 - 2009
Professor of Iranian Studies
Chair Department of Near Eastern Studies

Herbert H. Paper

1953 - 1977
Professor of Linguistics and Near Eastern Studies

Edna A. Coffin

1970 - 2002
Professor of Modern Hebrew
Research Scientist Center for Research on Learning and Teaching

George G. Cameron

1948 - 1975
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Chair Department of Near Eastern Studies

John F. Kolars

1964 - 1994
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Professor of Geography

Norman Yoffee

1993 - 2010
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Chair Department of Near Eastern Studies
Curator, Museum of Anthropology

Sherman A. Jackson

1997 - 2011
Professor of Near Eastern Studies
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor

Jarl E. Fossum

1988 - 1998
Professor of New Testament Studies

Kenneth Allin Luther

1963 - 1997
Professor of Persian Studies

William Hoyt Worrell

1908 - 1910
1925 - 1949
Professor of Semitics

James Stewart Robinson

1956 - 2000
Professor of Turkish Studies

James W. Flanagan

1973 - 1974
Visiting Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies