Affiliated Faculty

Ece Algan, Ph.D.
Director, CIMES

Communication Studies



Dr. Ece Algan’s research focuses on the relationship between cultural politics and media. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork research on local radio, emerging communication technologies and youth for almost a decade in Southeast Turkey. She is fluent in English and Turkish, which is her native tongue. Her work has been published in several media and communication journals and edited collections, and earned many awards, including a Top Paper Award at 2011 NCA, Top Faculty Paper Award at the Global Fusion 2009 Conference and the James E. Murphy Best Faculty Paper Award in 2003. She serves on editorial and advisory boards of Journal of International Communication, Global Media Journal's Mediterranean Edition and Moment: Journal of Cultural Studies.

Manijeh Badiee, Ph.D.




Manijeh Badiee is an assistant professor of psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her M.A. in Counseling from St. Edwards University and she received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research interests are focused on social justice and diversity and they include women’s empowerment, microaggressions and mental health, sexual assault prevention. She has conducted several research projects on Iranian populations and has received multiple awards for her research on Iranian activists in the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality. She has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching and mentoring.

Dany Doueiri, Ph.D.

World Languages and Culture (Arabic)



Prof. Doueiri joined CSUSB in 2001 and currently serves as the coordinator of the Arabic Language Program and as a member of the Center for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. He is co-founder of IslamiCity in Cyberspace, the most visited Islamic website in the world currently serving 27 million unique visitors per year. Doueiri was also the technical editor of the book “Quran for Dummies”, which is part of the renowned “for Dummies” Series. Doueiri has received multiple awards and serves as a national and international consultant in the areas of language pedagogy, program development, assessment, and teacher training.

Ahlam Muhtaseb, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Communication Studies



Ahlam Muhtaseb is an associate professor of media studies at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her M.A. in Government Relations and her Ph.D. in Computer-Mediated Communication from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. Her research interests include digital communication, social media, and diasporic communities. She has published her scholarship on digital communication and other communication sub-topics, and has presented her scholarship to scholarly meetings. Her most recent projects include working on an upcoming documentary on the year 1948 and its catastrophic consequences; a project that has originated from her field work in the Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine.

Cheryl Riggs, Ph.D.




Dr. Cheryl Riggs received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1989 and recently retired as full professor of History at CSUSB. During her career, she published on world civilizations, medieval philosophy and Christian history, as well as serving as general editor for world history publications. She is the author of numerous academic papers and invited lectures presented both domestically and internationally, including Oxford University and Bethlehem University. Her most recent publication, “From Investment to Divestment: Non-violent Religious Protest and the United Methodist Church in an Historical Context” is a product of her interest in American Churches’ responses to Middle Eastern conflict.

Jamal Nassar, Ph.D. (Dean Emeritus)

Political Science



Jamal Nassar (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Cincinnati) is the author of 6 books on globalization, terrorism, politics in the developing world and Palestinian resistance movement. Many of his articles, chapters and reviews have also been translated into about a dozen other languages. Dr. Nassar has chaired several national and international conferences on the Middle East, has addressed the United Nations on the Palestine question, and has been a consultant or expert witness in court cases in the United States and Canada. He was the editor of Arab Studies Quarterly from 1991–95. He remains on the editorial board of this and other scholarly journals.

David Yaghoubian, Ph.D.
IMES Programs Coordinator




David Yaghoubian (Ph.D. in History, University of California, Berkeley) is associate professor of history at California State University in San Bernardino. He is coeditor with Edmund Burke III of Struggle and Survival in the Modern Middle East, second edition. He is the author of Ethnicity, Identity, and the Development of Nationalism in Iran (2014).

Salaam Yousif, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of English



Salaam Yousif (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Iowa) developed and taught several courses in world literature and published several articles on Iraqi culture and literature. He also translated contemporary Iraqi poems into English, including the collection “Letters to My Brother,” which was set to music as a choral piece, “A Handshake in the Dark,” by Michael Nyman and premiered by the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in 2007. Dr. Yousif served as Assistant then Associate Dean, College of Arts & Letters until 2015. He was one of the founding members of Gamma Lambda, the Phi Beta Delta chapter at his home institution, and also served as President Elect, President, and Vice President of the chapter. He is currently the Interim Executive Director of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.