Wayne Owens ChairSupport this program
in Middle East-North Africa Studies

The Wayne Owens Chair, established in 2011 by the Tanner Humanities Center and Hinckley Institute of Politics, invites a visiting professor specializing in Middle East-North Africa Studies to teach and lecture at the University of Utah.  The Owens Chair leads undergraduate and graduate courses and is open to senior scholars-teachers in History, Political Science, Literature, Sociology, Anthropology, and Gender Studies, among other disciplines.  Selected professors will also take part in meetings, conferences, and other public outreach opportunities with diverse communities on and off campus. 

The Chair includes a $60,000 stipend and is available for either the fall or spring semester. 

To apply for the 2014-15 academic year, please send electronically a letter of intent, current curriculum vitae, and course proposal to Bob Goldberg at bob.goldberg@utah.edu.  Please also arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted to support your application.

The Owens Chair is a part of a larger initiative to support Middle Eastern Studies on campus. We hope that this appointment will lead to future collaboration between the University of Utah and a university in the Middle East. 

Past Recipients

Shimon Shetreet

2013-2014: Dr. Shimon Shetreet
Greenblatt Chair of Public and International Law and Director of the Sacher Institute of Legislative Research and Comparative Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel

Khalil Shikaki2012-2013: Dr. Khalil Shikaki
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (Ramallah)

Yair Hirschfeld2011-2012: Dr. Yair Hirschfeld
Professor of History at Haifa University