|Dr. Akram Khater is Alumni Distinguished University Professor (CHASS), Professor of History at North Carolina State University, Director of Middle East Studies Program and Director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies.
A native of Lebanon, he earned a B.S. degree in Electronics Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East. He has just completed a PBS documentary on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, and is the senior curator for a museum exhibit on the same topic that will open in early 2014. He has published a substantial number of articles and reviews, and has made conference presentations throughout the United States and internationally. He has delivered over 300 talks in the past 10 years on topics relating to the Middle East and recently he has been speaking widely about the Arab Spring. Professor Khater has been awarded a number of teaching accolades (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Junior Faculty and Outstanding Extension Faculty) and grants during his tenure at N.C. State, and has also obtained fellowships from the National Humanities Center, American Philosophical Society, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright Foundation, Council of American Overseas Research Centers. His professional affiliations include the Middle East Studies Association, American Academy of Religion, and the American Historical Association. He also sits on the editorial boards of several journals, including the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and book series on immigration studies.