Teaching Assistant Professor in Arabic
134 E. Franklin St., 217

Professional biography

I was born in Meknes, Morocco. I received my B.A. in Arab-Hispanic Linguistics & Literatures from Mohamed Ben Abdullah University, Fez, Morocco; my first M.A. in Arab-Hispanic Linguistics from Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco; and my second M.A. in Philosophy of Language from the Graduate School of the City University of New York (CUNY), NY, where I also completed my Ph.D. in Sociology of Language, with a concentration on Language Policy & Planning in Post-Colonial North African Countries. I taught Spanish as a foreign language at the high school level (1998-2006) and Arabic language at Brooklyn College, NY (2003-2006). Since then, I have been a lecturer of Arabic & Spanish languages and cultures at Durham Technical Community College (2007-2008), at North Carolina Central University (2008-2009), and a Director of the Muslim Community Center of Apex, NC (2009-2012).

Currently, I serve as an Arabic lecturer with the Asian Studies Department at UNC-Chapel Hill, where I teach different levels of Arabic language and culture. In the meantime, I act as an Imam and Community Leader of the Muslim Community Center at Apex, NC. My research interests include Arabic and Hispanic Luso-Brazilian languages and cultures, Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum, Language Policy and Planning across the Curriculum, Foreign Languages Pedagogy, Technology in the Foreign Language Classroom, Heritage Students Language Acquisition, and Development & Standardization of Arabic Language Curriculum. In addition to that, I am searching how cultural and religious diplomacy may shape the relationship between peoples and states in this era of globalization.

During my stay at UNC-Chapel Hill, I have coordinated different levels of Arabic (from Elementary to Advanced); served as a member of a faculty search committee and as a leader of the Heritage Students Arabic Curriculum Project. My hope is to make the Arabic Language Program at UNC-Chapel Hill a unique one compared to those existing across the States, by tailoring it to the needs of students of Arabic Language and Culture, including heritage students.


• UNC Global Studies Initiatives Award, UNC – Chapel Hill, Nov. 2014
• MAS Freedom Community Leader of the Year 2010
• NCCU Exemplary of Teaching Award: 2007-2008
• Dean K. Harrison Fellowship: 2007-2008
• GC-CUNY / University Fellowship: 2003-2006


ARAB 101: Elementary Arabic I
ARAB 102: Elementary Arabic II
ARAB 203: Intermediate Arabic I
ARAB 204: Intermediate Arabic II
ARAB 305: Advanced Arabic I


The Status of Languages in Post-Independent Morocco: Moroccan National Policies and Spanish Cultural Action, PhD Dissertation, GC-CUNY, 2014

Cultural Diplomacy in a Global Era: Spanish Cultural Action in Post-Independent Morocco as a Model”, Paper presented at ASELS Conference, Nov. 20-14

La acción cultural española en Marruecos y su repercusión en el campo lingüístico (1990-2010)”, Paper presented at a Round Table, Graduate School – CUNY, 2011