- Professor of Arabic and International Affairs
- Room 342 Phillips Hall
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.
Ph.D., Georgetown University