Professor of Anthropology; Chair of Anthropology
Anthropology, Middle East and North Africa Studies
Phone: (909) 607-3547
Professor Deeb is a first-generation U.S. citizen and an Arab-American scholar, educator, and activist.
Professor Deeb’s research interests include the politics of knowledge production; gender and sexuality; religion, especially Islam; transnational feminism; and the Middle East, especially Lebanon. Her scholarship sits at the intersections of cultural anthropology, Middle Eastern Studies, and Arab American Studies. Her current book project uses social responses to intersectarian and interreligious relationships and marriages in Lebanon to better understand social sectarianism and sect as a form of social difference.
- Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
- Core 2: Walls, Borders, Fences
- Anthropology of the Middle East
- Contemporary Issues in Gender and Islam
- Kinship, Family, Sexuality
- Seminar in Sexuality and Religion
- History of Anthropological Theory
- Palestine Through Ethnography and Film
- Senior Seminar in Anthropology and Ethnographic Writing
- Deeb, Lara. Manuscript in Progress. “‘What Will They Say? Love Across Difference in Lebanon.”
- Deeb, Lara, Tsolin Nalbantian, and Nadya Sbaiti, Editors. 2022. Practicing Sectarianism: Archival and Ethnographic Interventions on Lebanon. Stanford University Press.
- Deeb, Lara and Jessica Winegar. 2015. Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East. Stanford University Press
- Deeb, Lara and Mona Harb. 2013. Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Morality and Geography in Shi'i South Beirut. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- 2006: An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
- Deeb, Lara. 2020. “Beyond sectarianism: Intermarriage and social difference in Lebanon.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 52(2), 215-228.
- Deeb, Lara and Jessica Winegar. 2017. “Middle East Politics: The Case of Anthropology.” Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 37(1):103-112.
- Deeb, Lara. 2015. “Thinking piety and the everyday together: A response to Fadil and Fernando.” Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 5(2): 93–9.
- Deeb, Lara and Jessica Winegar. 2013. "The Politics of Middle East Anthropology from the End of the Cold War through the War on Terror: Insights from a Transitional Generation." InAnthropology of the Middle East and North Africa: The State of the Art, eds. Sherine Hafez and Susan Slyomovics. Indiana University Press.
- Deeb, Lara and Jessica Winegar. 2012. "Anthropologies of Arab-Majority Societies." Annual Review of Anthropology 41:537-58.
- Deeb, Lara and Dina al-Kassim. 2011. "Introduction" to Special Issue: Middle East Sexualities. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 7(3):1-5.
- Harb, Mona and Lara Deeb. 2011. "Culture and History and Landscape: Hizbullah's Efforts to Shape the Islamic Milieu in Lebanon." Arab Studies Journal XIX(2):10-41.
- Deeb, Lara. 2010. "Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadlallah and Lebanese Shi'i Youth." Journal of Shi'a Islamic Studies III(4): 405-426.
- Deeb, Lara. 2009. "Piety Politics and the Role of a Transnational Feminist Analysis." Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (supplement 1).
- Deeb, Lara. 2009. "Emulating and/or Embodying the Ideal: The Gendering of Temporal Frameworks and Islamic Role Models in Shi'i Lebanon." American Ethnologist 36(2): 242-257.
- Deeb, Lara. 2008. "Exhibiting the 'Just-Lived Past': Hizbullah's Nationalist Narratives in Transnational Political Context." Contemporary Studies in Society and History 50(2): 369-399.
- Deeb, Lara. 2008. "Hizbullah and its Civilian Constituencies in Lebanon." In The War on Lebanon: A Reader, ed. Nubar Hovsepian, 58-74. Northampton, MA: Interlink Publishers.
Awards and Honors
- American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Collaborative Research Fellowship for project: ""Constructing and Negotiating the Islamic Milieu: New Moralities and Spatialities in Shi'i Lebanon,"" with Mona Harb (American University of Beirut) (2009-2011)
- Wenner-Gren International Collaborative Research Grant for project: ""Faith and Fun: Pious Entertainment in Shi'i South Beirut,"" with Mona Harb of the American University of Beirut (2008-2009)
- Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award for Social Sciences, Middle East Studies Association (2004)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (2003-2004 and 2006-2007)