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Abbas Benmamoun is Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Linguistics and Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement at Duke University, a position responsible for providing intellectual leadership, guidance, and oversight of university-wide strategies and programs to enhance faculty excellence. He oversees faculty development programs, including programs to recruit outstanding and diverse faculty and to partner with schools, departments, and centers to enhance faculty success at Duke and promote a climate that values and celebrates inclusive excellence.
Prior to joining Duke, Dr. Benmamoun served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Academic Policies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also served in other leadership roles at the University of Illinois, including as acting director of the Center of Middle Eastern and Asian Studies, head of the Department of Linguistics, director of the School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics, and Associate Povost for Faculty Development. He has served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Benmamoun’s research focuses on the comparative syntax and morphology of natural language and on heritage languages, particularly on issues of language maintenance and loss within immigrant communities. He is the author of The Feature Structure of Functional Categories (Oxford University Press, 2000), co-author of The Syntax of Arabic (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics (Routledge 2018). A native of Morocco, Benmamoun earned his B.A. from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, his master’s from University College London, and his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.