Lara Deeb is Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Scripps College where she teaches courses in anthropology and Middle East Studies. Deeb is the author or co-author of three books: An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi’i Lebanon (Princeton University Press, 2006); Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi’ite South Beirut (with Mona Harb, Princeton, 2013); and Anthropology’s Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (with Jessica Winegar, Stanford University Press, 2015). In addition, Deeb has published numerous articles on a range of topics including gender roles, Islam and piety, Lebanese politics and especially Hizbullah, youth and leisure, temporality and memorialization, and anthropology of the MENA region. Deeb has received fellowships from Harvard University, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, ACLS, SSRC, and the National Science Foundation. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East and the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, is a past president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association, and is a founding member of the Task Force on Middle East Anthropology.
Adrian Quintanar has been working for the Humanities Institute since October 2015. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he also serves as a Poetry Reader for the graduate program’s online literary journal, Mud City. Adrian is a lifelong resident and community advocate in the city of Pomona, where he spends time leading workshops with the youth of Pomona at Pomona’s Center for Outreach and Restorative Empowerment.