Assistant Professor, Political Science
Campus Box 0406
(717) 337 - 6039
Yasemin Akbaba (PhD Political Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2006) is an Associate Professor at Gettysburg College. Her research focuses on mobilization of ethnic and religious groups and the effects of religious discrimination on ethnic and religious conflict. Her (single authored and co-authored) publications have appeared in Journal of Peace Research, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Ethnopolitics, Civil Wars, International Interactions, Politics and Religion and Politics, Religion & Ideology. She teaches courses on International Relations, War and Politics, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, Contemporary Issues in Middle East Politics, International Relations and Religion (Capstone) and Contemporary Issues in Turkish Politics.
Dean for Global Initiatives & Director of the Center for Global Education, Center for Global Education
Campus Box 0421
College Union Building, 290
Rebecca Bergren has been the Senior International Officer at Gettysburg College since 1997. Prior to that time, Rebecca was Associate Director at the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Associate Professor, Psychology
Campus Box 0407
(717) 337 - 6198
Kathleen Cain received her PhD in psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. She is a developmental psychologist who studies children's social and emotional development, and she has published articles and given conference presentations on the children's motivation and their beliefs about themselves and others. Her courses include Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood, Laboratory in Social and Personality Development, History of Experimental Psychology, and a first year seminar, The World's Children. From 2005 to 2009, Kathy was the Associate Provost for Faculty Development and then the Acting Vice Provost. She spent a year teaching and conducting research in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar before returning to full-time teaching at Gettysburg College. Currently, she is involved in a research project with Egyptian colleagues that examines the psychosocial adjustment of Egyptian children with Type I diabetes.
Academic Administrative Assistant, Interdisciplinary Studies
Campus Box 0390
(717) 337 - 6748
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Campus Box 2985
Plank Gym, Room 305
(717) 337 - 6195
Amy Evrard is a cultural anthropologist whose past research has examined women’s rights and human rights in the Middle East/North Africa region, particularly Morocco, culminating in a book entitled, The Moroccan Women’s Rights Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2014). She has also completed research on transnational Christian communities in the Gulf region of the Middle East. Current research interests include agriculture in the United States, including a project using the life histories of her parents to explore transformations in rural Southern culture over the course of the 20th century.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Campus box 0390
Plank Building, 116C
Aisha Mershani completed her Ph.D. degree (2015) from the UNESCO program in International Peace, Conflict, and Development Studies at the Universitat Jaume I in Castellón de la Plana, Spain. Mershani’s dissertation, entitled Palestinian Civil Resistance: A Case Study of the Popular Struggle Against the Wall from 2002-2013, focused on life in the Occupied West Bank since the establishment of the Israeli Apartheid Wall, and the Palestinian popular struggle to nonviolently remain on their lands.
From 2003-2013 Mershani focused her subject on Palestine/Israel and photographed nearly every aspect of life under occupation. These photographs cannot be seen in mainstream media and have been in multiple publications, as well as many Internet news sites over the years, to further the awareness of the ongoing nonviolent grassroots movement. She is also one of the artists in the reference book, "Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists".
Mershani combines her scholarly work with her media activism. Her research interests include: Middle Eastern Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Media and Social Justice, Social Movements, Civil Resistance, and Israel/Palestine.
John P. Murphy
Assistant Professor, French
Campus Box 2961
West Building, 212J
John P. Murphy holds a joint doctorate from the Department of Anthropology and the Institute of French Studies at New York University and has studied at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), the École normale supérieure, and the École des hautes études en sciences sociales. His dissertation, based on a year of ethnographic field research among youth living in low-income housing in central France, explores conceptions and expressions of social inequality in contemporary French society. Articles drawn from this project have appeared in French Cultural Studies and Anthropological Quarterly; currently, Murphy is at work on a book manuscript, tentatively titled “Yearning to Labor: Youth, Unemployment, and Social Destiny in a French Outer City.” Prior to coming to Gettysburg College, he taught at New York University and Oberlin College. At Gettysburg College, he is developing upper-division courses on contemporary French culture and society.
Bittinger Professor of Philosophy
Campus Box 0404
Weidensall Hall, Room 315
Lisa Portmess explores philosophical issues in ethics, technology, philosophy of language, and neuroscience. She currently holds the William Bittinger Endowed Chair of Philosophy and held the Edward and Cyntia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College. She has served as a resident fellow at the Centre for Philosophy and Public Affairs at The University of St. Andrews and was an American Philosophical Association Congressional Fellow in the US Congress. As her first academic appointment, she taught at The American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and later as a Fulbright Scholar at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. She has since served on the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, Philosophy Peer Review Committee, and the U.S. Fulbright Ambassador Program. She also received an NEH Award for Summer Study at the Institute for Comparative Philosophy at The University of Hawaii. She contributes to the Academic Advisory Committees of the Public Policy Program, the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Peace and Justice Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Abdulkareem Said Ramadan
Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Campus Box 0390
Abdulkareem Said Ramadan earned his Ph.D. in Arabic and Applied Linguistics at the University of Damascus where he also earned an M.A. in Arabic Syntax and Morphology and a B.A. in Arabic Language and Literature. Abdulkareem has taught Arabic at the French Institute for the Middle East (IFEAD), the British Council, and the Arabic Department at the University of Damascus. He was the coordinator of the Arabic program at the Arabic Language Center at the University of Damascus, where he taught Arabic as a Second Language. He began teaching at the Middlebury College Arabic School in 2006 and also taught at Washington University in St. Louis and at the University of Virginia, where he coordinated the Arabic program.
Assistant Professor, History
Campus box 0401
Weidensall Hall, Room 209
Professor of Religious Studies, Religious Studies
Campus Box 0408
(717) 337 - 6790
Megan Adamson Sijapati received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the field of Religious Studies, with a South Asia and Islamic regional focus. Her research and teaching interests are in religious experience, authority, and revival; material culture; and religious violence and non-violence. She is the author of Islamic Revival in Nepal: Religion and a New Nation, (Routledge, 2011 and 2013), and a number of other essays. Her courses include Introduction to Islam (REL 270), Islam in the Modern World (REL 272), Islam in South Asia (REL 357), Experiencing the World(s) of Islam (FYS 175), and Religious Diversity and Conflict in South Asia (REL 360).