Board and Fellows







Dale F. Eickelman is Research Professor of Anthropology at Dartmouth College and, since 2003, Relationship Coordinator for the Dartmouth College—American University of Kuwait Program. His publications include Public Islam and the Common Good (co-edited with Armando Salvatore, Brill, 2004); Muslim Politics (co-authored with James Piscatori, Princeton University Press, 1994, new edition 2004); The Middle East and Central Asia: An Anthropological Approach, now in its fourth edition (Prentice Hall, 2002); New Media in the Muslim World: The Emerging Public Sphere (second edition, Indiana University Press, 2003); Russia’s Muslim Frontiers: New Directions in Cross-Cultural Analysis (Indiana University Press, 1993); Knowledge and Power in Morocco (Princeton University Press, 1985, translated into Arabic, 2010); and Moroccan Islam: Tradition and Society in a Pilgrimage Center (University of Texas Press, 1976, reissued 2014 and translated into Arabic 1989), and over 80 journal articles and book chapters. Eickelman is a former President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America; a former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; and twice a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. In 2009 he was named a Carnegie Scholar for a project entitled “Mainstreaming Islam: Taking Charge of the Faith,” and he has held research awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. In 2011 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.

Jean R. Abinader has more than 30 years in international affairs, acting in a number of leadership roles as a consultant, corporate executive, and as CEO of international trade and public affairs associations. Extensive experience in the Middle East as consultant on management systems; advisor on business, trade, tourism, and investment development; policy advocacy to enhance US-Arab commercial relations; and the development and implementation of information and promotion programs and projects. Clients include US and Arab government agencies and institutions, US and Arab companies and organizations, and NGOs and bilateral cultural and educational associations. A well-known speaker, university lecturer, and specialist on international trade issues who currently advises corporations and agencies on international marketing, human resources issues, business development planning, and project implementation strategies. Mr. Abinader writes frequently on topics related to the Middle East and US policy; was chair of the international conference on “Higher Education in the Arab World: Preparing for the Global Marketplace,” frequently works with US and international media on Middle East issues; and leads a graduate seminar on international marketing at Georgetown University.

Timothy M. Resch was named a TALIM Fellow in 2001 and served on the Board of Directors 2005-2011 and was reelected for the period in 2015-2017.  Since 2012, he has served as the TALIM Treasurer.  He was a Peace Corps Forester in Morocco 1970-74. Tim also serves as the President of Friends of Morocco, an organization of Americans, mostly returned Peace Corps volunteers (RPCVs), with experience in Morocco, Moroccan-Americans and Moroccans in America united with an interest in promoting educational, cultural, charitable, social, literary and scientific exchange between Morocco and the United States of America. He recently retired from USAID where he was last Bureau Environmental Advisor for the USAID Bureau for Africa. His office worked to strengthen critical links between biodiversity conservation, natural resources management, improved livelihoods and economic growth, and good governance throughout Africa. It provided leadership on African development issues through analysis, strategy development, program design, technical assistance, advocacy, and information dissemination. Tim has an MS in Forestry (Silviculture), Colorado State University; and a BS in Forestry (Multiple Use), University of Minnesota. Tim also speaks French and conversational Moroccan Arabic.

Michael Toler is the Content Manager of Archnet, a globally accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, material and visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim Societies. Archnet’s mission is to provide ready and open access to unique media and textual material to facilitate teaching, scholarship, and professional work of high quality.  His responsibilities include soliciting and creating scholarly content, managing workflows, research and editing. Dr. Toler is particularly focused on building the collection in areas where it is less developed, including Morocco and the Maghrib more broadly.

From 2001-2010 he was Chief Program Officer of the Al Musharaka Initiative of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) and editor of the Arab Culture and Civilization Online Resource ( developed by the initiative.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies from (SUNY) Binghamton University, where his research focused on the Francophone novel from the Maghreb, its dialogue with North African historiography, and the manner in which these novels are rendered in English translation.  In addition, he is a published translator and scholar of North African (especially Moroccan and Algerian) literature, cinema and popular music. Michael Toler was a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching in the Moroccan University system from 1990-94. During this time he established the TALM lending library.  He remained in Morocco until 1996, teaching at the King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier and at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane.

Michael has primary responsibility for maintaining the website.


TALIM Fellows nominate and vote on Board members by electronic ballot prior to the annual Fall Board and Fellows meeting, normally held in November, when the results are announced.

Majida Bargach is currently Director of Global Internships and Special Projects at the University of Virginia. She has been Associate and Interim Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Virginia from June 2009 to December 2013.  She is also affiliated to the French Department where she teaches regularly and affiliate to the Department of Middle eastern and South Asian Literatures and Cultures. She has been directing the UVA Study Abroad Program in Morocco, a six week program in Rabat, since 2002. Bargach has a MA in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Bordeaux and a Diplome d’Études approfondies in Political Science from the University of Bordeaux. She has received a number of awards including: the Mead Endowment Teaching Award for 2007-2008 by the University of Virginia, the Study Abroad Teaching Award, 2009, by the University of Virginia, the Seven Society Faculty Award in 2010 by the University of Virginia, and the Extraordinary Achievement Award in education. She was nominated to the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in 2013.

Jerome B. Bookin-Weiner since 2007 has been Director of Education Abroad at AMIDEAST (America Mideast Educational and Training Services), 1730 M Street NW, Washington DC 20036. Has also served as Academic Vice President of The Scholar Ship (2005-07), Executive Director of International Programs at Colorado State University (2001-2004), Dean of International Education at Bentley College (1987-2001) and Director of the Center for International Programs at Old Dominion University (1977-1987). He has written on the origins of US-Moroccan relations, and in 1986 co-organized a conference at Old Dominion University on US-Moroccan Relations to coincide with the bicentennial of the negotiation of the first Moroccan American treaty. The conference resulted in a book, co-edited with Dr. Mohamed El Mansour of Mohammed V University, entitled The Atlantic Connection: 200 Years of Moroccan American Relations (Rabat:  EDINO, 1990).  Former Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco (1971-1973). PhD Columbia University, 1976.

James L. Bullock is most recently the Vice President (Institutional Advancement) at the American University in Cairo from January 4, 2009.  Senior Foreign Service Office, US Department of State, 1999-2008  (US Embassy in Paris 2006–2008, temporary assignments in Baghdad and Riyadh, 2005-2006, Cairo 2003-2005, Bureau of International Information Programs, Bureau of International Organization Affairs, and Senior Seminar).  US Information Agency Foreign Service Officer 1979 – 1999 (US Embassy Rabat, Tunis, Moscow, USIA/NEA, and earlier assignments at US Embassies in Baghdad, Tunisia, Doha, Beirut, and Morocco.  Pre-Foreign Service: Consumer product marketing (Procter & Gamble), US Navy (several public affairs assignments–also White House Military Social Aide, 1976-1978).  University of Oklahoma (graduate program in Mass Communications); Yale College (BA, 1971, Russian Studies).  French, Arabic, and Russian.

Madison Cox, a garden designer and writer with offices in both New York City and Morocco, has worked extensively in North America, Europe and Morocco. He serves on a number of boards of foundations including as Vice President of the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent in Paris; Vice President of the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech; and as an Advisory Board Member of the Aangan Trust in Mumbai, India.  He has been actively involved with the American School of Tangier and the American School of Marrakech since 2005 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the board. He writes, “I am deeply interesting in preserving the Legation or complex not only because it is an important landmark in American history, not to mention American/Moroccan exchange, but as a vibrant cultural place of exchange for contemporary life. I am very keen to help in renovating and restoring the various rooms at the Legation, with such simple additions as proper exhibition lighting, re-labeling and re-hanging of the collections.”

Evelyn Early, formerly Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs at the American Embassy in Rabat, worked as an anthropologist from 1970 to 1985 conducting research in Lebanon on Shi‘a voluntary associations; in Egypt on popular Islam and medical anthropology amongst traditional urban women; and in Syria on popular culture. In addition to her book, Baladi Women of Cairo: Playing with an Egg and a Stone (L. Reinner Publishers, c1993), and her co-edited (with Donna Lee Bowen) book, Everyday Life in the Muslim Middle East (Indiana University Press, c1993), her articles include “Syrian Television Drama: Permitted Political Discourse,” “Darid Laham: A Modern Syrian Political Satirist in the Tradition of Goha,” “Fertility and Fate,” and “Getting it Together:  Business Narratives of Baladi Women of Cairo, Egypt.”  She received her MA in Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut in 1970 and her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 1980. She has taught at the Universities of New Mexico, Notre Dame, and Houston. She has served as a consultant in the fields of medical anthropology and women in development. Dr. Early joined the diplomat service in the 1980s and has worked in Sudan, Washington, Syria, and the Czech Republic.


Les Janka is now retired and residing in Leesburg, Virginia, Mr. Janka previously lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia working as President—Saudi Arabia for Quincy International LLC, an American consultancy. From 2007 to 2010, he was President of Raytheon Arabian Systems Company. Prior to joining Raytheon, Mr. Janka distinguished himself as an international affairs expert during a 30-year career as a government relations consultant, business executive and a high level US government official with service in the White House as Special Assistant to the President, Senior Staff Member on the National Security Council and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon. A frequent lecturer and author on the Washington political scene, Middle East affairs, and the formulation of US national security policy, Mr. Janka holds a BA in international economics from the University of Redlands and an MA in Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.

Jerry Lampe is currently an independent consultant, currently serving as Senior Academic Advisor to the American Councils for International Education (ACIE) for the Arabic Overseas Flagship Programs and the National Foreign Language Center (NFLC) and advisor to academic institutions and government programs. Formerly, Deputy Director, NFLC, and Director, Language Studies, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Johns Hopkins University, the Center of Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), and Peace Corps training programs in Tunisia and Morocco and past President of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic (AATA). MA and PhD in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Author of Culture Proficiency Guidelines 3.2 (23rd version) and co-author of the ILR Skill Level Descriptions for Competence in Intercultural Communication (

James Lawrence was the Director of the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the Bureau of Political-Military affairs of the US State Department until his retirement in 2012. From 1980 to 1996 Mr. Lawrence served as the Executive Director of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Before joining the State Department Mr. Lawrence was a Peace Corps English teacher in Morocco from 1968 to 1970. From 1972 to 1974 Mr. Lawrence directed Peace Corps training at the American Legation in Tangier, Morocco, serving also as site manager for this important, historical property. From 1974 to 1979 he served as Desk Officer and then Area Director in the Africa Region at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington DC. Mr. Lawrence has wide-ranging international experience, with postings in Europe, Morocco, Indonesia, and Africa. He was a Fulbright professor at Hassanudin University in Ujung Pandang, Indonesia in 1971. Selected for the Department’s most senior level management training, Mr. Lawrence spent nine months in 1997-1998 studying the state of the nation and US national security as a member of the 40th Senior Seminar class. Elected to the Board for a three-year term December 2011, but declined because of work responsibilities.

Susan G. Miller is formerly Director of Moroccan Studies at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.  Books, articles, and book chapters include: A History of Modern Morocco (Cambridge University Press, 2013); The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City (Aga Khan, Harvard, 2010); Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib, ed. Susan G. Miller and Katherine Hoffman (Indiana University Press, c2010); “Finding Order in the City: The Habus of Tangier as an Agent of Urban Change,” Muqarnas 22 (2005); “Apportioning Sacred Space in a Moroccan city: The Case of Tangier, 1860-1912,” City and Society 13, no. 1 (2001); “Watering the Garden of Tangier: Colonial Contestations in a Moroccan City,” in The Walled Arab City in Architecture, Literature and History: The Living Medina, ed. Susan Slyomovics (London: Frank Cass, 2001), pp. 26-50; Council of American Overseas Research Centers Traveling Fellowship, 1999-2000; Fulbright Research Scholar, Morocco, 1990-1993. US Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, 1970-1973. PhD, University of Michigan, 1976. Organized and chaired roundtable on the Preservation of the Historic Tangier Medina at the TALIM Bicentennial Celebration in November 1997. Former TALIM Board member.

Diane Ponasik retired from the US Agency for International Development where she worked in many capacities between 1977 and 2002. She was General Development Officer in Skopje, Macedonia, 1999-2002; Supervisory Democracy Officer, Port au Prince, Haiti, 1997-1999; Chief, Institutional Development Support, Cairo, Egypt 1992-1997; and Chief of the Evaluation Unit for Asia/Near East Bureau in Washington DC 1987-1990. Before that she served in Yemen and Mali. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, 1965-1967, BA French, College of William and Mary, 1960; MA Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1972; and PhD in Economic Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton, 1978. Fluent in Moroccan Arabic and French. At present she is a docent at the Sackler-Freer Galleries. In 2005 Dr. Ponasik published a historical novel about Morocco, entitled Tangier, a novel. It is set at the Legation in Tangier and covers the period 1880-1912, just before the establishment of the French Protectorate.
Dr. Ponasik was Board Secretary from April 2005 until December 2016.

Elena Prentice was director of TALMS during most of 1989 and 1990. She is a painter and has exhibited extensively, and her work is in several museums and important collections. She taught at The National Academy of Design in New York after leaving Tangier from 1992 until 1997. In that year, she started spending time again in Tangier until moving back permanently in 2002, when she started the first free newspaper in Morocco written specifically and uniquely in Moroccan Arabic. The newspaper continued for five years and she is now publishing small books in the four languages used regularly in Tangier: French, Spanish, English and Moroccan Arabic. She is very involved in Morocco and has just completed a large work of art for the new Bibliothèque National in Rabat. She has lectured and given seminars on the experience of newspaper and publishing in France, the US, and Morocco. She speaks French and Spanish and some darija. She is a major donor to TALIM.

Lawrence Rosen is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University–where he has taught since 1977–and, since 1979, Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, he earned his undergraduate degree at Brandeis University and his PhD and law degrees at the University of Chicago. As an anthropologist he has worked mostly in North Africa on Arab social life and Islamic law; as an attorney he has worked mostly on the rights of indigenous peoples and American socio-legal issues. Named to the first group of MacArthur Award Fellows, he has held grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation. A member of commons at Wolfson College, Oxford and visiting fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he has been a Phi Beta Kappa Lecturer, and a visiting professor at Ben Gurion University, and the law schools of Northwestern, Georgetown, and the University of Pennsylvania. Rosen spent 2006-2007 in Washington as a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as a Carnegie Corporation Scholar. At Princeton he has received The President’s Distinguished Award for Teaching, The Ombudsman’s Award for Civility, The President’s Committee on the Status of Women Award, and the Princeton University Women’s Organization Award. For the 2014 year, Rosen will serve as a Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences.

Among the books he has written are: Bargaining For Reality: The Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community (University of Chicago Press, c1984); The Anthropology of Justice: Law as Culture in Muslim Society (Cambridge University Press, 1989); The Justice of Islam (Oxford University Press, 2000); The Culture of Islam, Law as Culture: An Invitation (Princeton University Press c2006), and Varieties of Muslim Experience (University of Chicago Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in The American Scholar, The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald-Tribune. He recently finished a book on the intellectual lives of four Moroccans entitled Drawn From Memory: Arab Lives Unremembered and is completing another on The Balance of Justice: The Rule of Law and Islamic Cultures.


I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution Emeritus and former Director of African Studies, School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University. Founding President, American Institute for Maghrib Studies (AIMS) 1984-1996. Founding Executive Secretary, then President, Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Formerly, Intelligence Officer, Fleet Intelligence Unit, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean at N.A.S. Kenitra, 1958-60. Trainer 1965 and Evaluator 1967 for the Peace Corps in Morocco. Author of two books on Morocco and three on North Africa. Co-author/editor of one book on Morocco and seven books on North Africa. Commander, Ouissam Alaouite, delivered by King Mohammed VI; Doctor honoris causa, Catholic University of Louvain. PhD Yale, 1956.

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