Faculty and Staff


Yaron Klein
Yaron Klein Profile
Associate Professor of Arabic
Senior Lecturer in Oud

B.A. Tel Aviv University; A.M. & Ph.D Harvard University. Special interests: classical Arabic literature (adab), music in the medieval Arab world, contemporary Arab music.

Stacy Beckwith, Associate Professor of Hebrew, Director of Judaic Studies
Stacy Beckwith Profile
Chair of Middle Eastern Languages
Director of Judaic Studies
Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies

Office Hours Week 2:  M 9/18-3:15-4:30,  W 9/20-12:30-1:30, F 9/22-1:00-2:00 pm, and by appointment

Office Hours Week 3 and for the rest of the term: Thursday 1:00-3:00 pm, Friday 1:00-2:00 pm; and by appointment

B.A. University of Toronto; A.M., Ph.D. University of Minnesota. Special interests in nationalism and literature; Israeli, Palestinian, and Spanish. Began teaching at Carleton in 1999.

Zaki Haidar, Lecturer in Arabic
Zaki Haidar Profile
Lecturer in Arabic

Office Hours:  Monday 3:30-4:30 pm, Thursday 1:30-2:30 pm; and by appointment

B.A. UC Santa Cruz; M.A. Princeton University; Ph.D. candidate University of Pennsylvania. Special interests in modern Arabic literature and intellectual history, literary theory.



Asmaa Yazidi Alaoui
Asmaa Yazidi Alaoui
Arabic Language Associate

I am Asmaa Yazidi Alaoui. I am an ambitious girl from Eastern Morocco who chose to run after her dreams, and finally wound up in the United States of America. I hold an MA in “Culture, Animation and Artistic Creativity” from the Faculty of Education in Rabat. My journey in this MA program led me to discover many wonderful experiences, ranging from meeting people from all over the world to promoting mutual understanding between other nations. I am an environmental activist, as well as an active member in many clubs and associations. I love nature, hanging out with friends, traveling, music, art and new experiences. I am so privileged to be a Fulbright FLTA at Carleton, to share my passion for the Arabic language, as well as poetry, and Moroccan culture.

Jean Sherwin
Jean Sherwin
Administrative Assistant in Asian Languages and Literatures
Administrative Assistant in Classics
Administrative Assistant in Middle Eastern Languages