Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
801 22nd St. NW, Phillips Hall 345
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6125
Fax: (202) 994-2156

Mohssen Esseesy

Mohssen Esseesy

Title — Director of the Arabic Program, Associate Professor of Arabic & International Affairs

Address — Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, 801 22nd St. NW, Phillips Hall 335, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052

Office — Phillips Hall 342

Phone — 202-994-6179; Fax: 202-994-2156

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Professor Esseesy most scholarly activities include his book Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators, Brill 2010. Additionally he has published the articles (“Appositions”, “Grammaticalization”, “Reanalysis”, Semantic Bleaching”, and “Semantic Extension” in the first and only Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics published by Brill. He has presented numerous academic papers on Arabic and Semitic historical linguistics at annual meetings of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. 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. He has extensive experience in teaching Arabic at the university-level including past faculty appointments at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Georgetown University; and the University of Florida. Moreover, he developed innovative proficiency-based tests and curricula for several courses. He trains teaching faculty through pedagogical workshops and symposia. Professor Esseesy serves as a reviewer and referee for the Modern Language Journal. He received his B.A. from Cairo University; Post-graduate studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands; M.A. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Ph.D. with Distinction from Georgetown University.