SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island has established a new Islamic and Mediterranean studies cluster. The school has also hired three new Islamic studies professors and a French professor to support the initiative.
“The new hires and research collaborative focused in Islamic and Mediterranean Studies bring an exciting and much-needed dimension to the URI learning environment,” said Donald DeHayes, URI provost and vice president for academic affairs, in a statement.
The university hired Katrina Jomaa, Islamic religion and politics, Alan Verskin, Islamic history and culture, Alexander Magidow, modern standard Arabic and Leslie Kealhofer, French, to support the cluster.
The university also announced other new cluster areas: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century; water and Water Resources: Blue Environment & Economy; and Aging of Society: Lifespan Health Focus. •