Center for Arab American Studies

The aim of the Center for Arab American Studies (CAAS) at the University of Michigan-Dearborn is to increase awareness of the history, experiences, and stories of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans.

Located in Southeast Michigan, home to a thriving Arab American community, CAAS serves as a center for academic inquiry and creative expression for the investigation of the Arab American experience. In addition to offering a minor and a certificate in Arab American Studies, the center facilitates research, interdisciplinary education, public outreach, digital humanities projects, and cultural programs, as well as student mentorship and professional development. In this work, CAAS partners with local and global policy makers, centers of community engagement and scholarship, and academic and social justice organizations. 

Current CAAS Projects

Halal Metropolis at Stamps Gallery, University of Michigan

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CAAS Staff

Asma Baban

Research Assistant; Project Manager, Halal Metropolis

Pauline Homsi Vinson

Visiting Assistant Professor; Interim Director, Center for Arab American Studies

Rose Wellman

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Associate Director, Center for Arab American Studies

Associated CAAS Faculty

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine

Assistant Professor of English Literature

Maya Barak

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Studies

Hani Bawardi

Associate Professor of History

Ivy Forsythe-Brown

Associate Professor of Sociology

Sally Howell

Associate Professor of History

Carmel Price

Associate Professor of Sociology

Natalie Sampson

Associate Professor, Public Health

Ara Sanjian

Associate Professor of History; Director of Armenian Research Center

Rose Wellman

Associate Professor of Anthropology; Associate Director, Center for Arab American Studies