This month,the “Lebanese Heritage” would like to profile Dr. Akram Khater,
and highlight a truly gifted Lebanese whose work has inspired
and motivated many Lebanese and Americans in his community.
Dr. Khater was born in 1960, he left Lebanon at a young age to pursue higher education in the US.
Dr. Khater 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 degrees in electrical engineering and doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are focused on studies of Lebanese emigrant communities, political developments in the Middle East, and gender issues.
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. He has written three books and delivered over 300 talks worldwide on topics related to the Middle-East. 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 been honored by a number of teaching awards and accolades (Outstanding Teacher, Outstanding Junior Faculty, Outstanding Extension Faculty, and Alumni Distinguished University Professor). He was recently named NC State University Faculty Scholar for his teaching, research and service. He founded the Mashriq and Mahjar, a Journal of Middle East Migration, and is Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious International Journal of Middle East Studies.
As director of the Khayrallah Program Lebanese-American Studies at NC State University (http://nclebanese.org/home ), which aims to research, preserve and publicize the history of the Lebanese-American community in North Carolina and the South, he produced and directed the PBS documentary, Cedars in the Pines, which aired on UNCTV and toured to several universities across the country. The project also maintains a blog and publishes a regular newsletter both called Cedars in the Pines (http://nclebanese.wordpress.com/). Dr. Khater is chief curator for an exhibit on the Lebanese in NC at the North Carolina Museum of History, which is scheduled for a grand opening in Friday,February 21, 2014.
Dr. Khater has made Raleigh, NC his second home for over 20 years. His passion for teaching as well as his commitment and knowledge of cultural issues have captured the attention and respect of his colleagues in the US and Lebanon.
We, as a community are fortunate to have such a gifted, dynamic and dedicated Lebanese who continues to inspire and motivate us to represent Lebanon in the most positive light and to educate and capture the imagination at large.
Dr. Akram Khater is University Faculty Scholar and Professor of History at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of Middle East Studies Program and Director of the Khayrallah Program for Lebanese-American Studies
The Lebanese Emigration Research Center (LERC) at Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) honored Dr. Akram Khater on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 for the following: His scholarly achievements in the field of Lebanese migration….