Dr. May Seikaly is Associate Professor in Near Eastern Studies at Wayne State
University, Detroit, Michigan. She received her Ph.D. from Oxford University and her
M.A. from UCLA. Dr. Seikaly has taught history at Bahrain University and at UCLA
prior to her current position. She is the author of Haifa: Transformation of an Arab
Society 1918-1939 (I.B. Tauris, UK 1995/2000) translated into Arabic as Haifa alArabiyya 1918-1939 (Beirut 1997). In addition to articles on Palestinian issues, Dr.
Seikaly has published on women’s political roles, particularly in the Arab Gulf. She has
served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the
Wayne State University Press Committee, the editorial committee of the Journal of
Palestine Studies, the Albert Hourani Award Committee, and on the Task force for the
Arab American Museum in Detroit. For several years, Dr. Seikaly has been involved in
the collection and archiving of Arab memory through the use of oral documentation. Her
current research is a study of women as agents of change in the Arabian Gulf using oral
history as the tool of her research.