AMEWS Association for Middle East Women's Studies

AMEWS Oral History Project

AMEWS has just launched a project to document its history from its early days to the present. To that end, we will be collecting and posting online statements from old and new members. Oral history is a way of telling history that is diverse and multilayered. The statements will be eclectic and varied and will we hope contribute to the wider history project. We begin with the memories of Louise Cainkar, associate professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Marquette University and longtime treasurer of AMEWS, interviewed by Ellen McLarney in San Antonio, TX, on November 16, 2018. The AMEWS Oral History committee consists of Nancy Gallagher and Sondra Hale, co-chairs, Ellen McLarney, and Sherene Hafez.

Jennifer Olmsted, AMEWS President-Elect

Interviewed by Amaney Jamal


Lara Deeb, Interviewed by Sondra Hale


Amaney Jamal, AMEWS President 2013-2017

Interviewed by Nancy Gallagher


Helen Rizzo, AMEWS Member-at-Large 2019-2021

Interviewed by Nancy Gallagher



Nadje al-Ali, AMEWS President 2009-2011

Interviewed by Sondra Hale



Azza Basarudin, AMEWS Secretary 2005-2013

Interviewed by: Sondra Hale



miriam cooke, AMEWS President 2001-2003

Interviewed by: Ellen McLarney



Louise Cainkar, AMEWS Treasurer

Interviewed by: Ellen McLarney



Susan Schaefer Davis, AMEWS President 1991-1993

Interviewed by: Nancy Gallagher