photo: Mohssen Esseesy

Mohssen Esseesy

Title:
Associate Professor of Arabic and International Affairs; Dirrector, Arabic Program
Office:
Room 342
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-6179
Fax: 202-994-2156

Areas of Expertise

Historical linguistics and language change; Arabic-language testing; curriculum development and teacher training

Professor Esseesy received his Ph.D. with Distinction in Arabic from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the George Washington University in 2004, Professor Esseesy held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Georgetown University; and the University of Florida.

Professor Esseesy's recent scholarly activities include completion and publication of several articles ("Grammaticalization", "Reanalysis", "Apposition", "Semantic Extension" and "Semantic Bleaching") in the Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics published by Brill Academic Publishers. He has presented several academic papers on manifestation of grammaticalization and auxiliation in Arabic at annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association. He also served as a member of the Board of Reviewers of the Standards for Learning Arabic K-16 publication and as an elected member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic from 2003-2005.

Education

Ph.D., Georgetown University

Classes Taught

ARAB 1001 Beginning Arabic

ARAB 3301 Modern Arabic Literature:

  • Fiction
  • Advanced Readings in Arabic

ARAB 4001 Genres in Modern Arabic Literature