Kassem Wahba

Associate Professor of Arabic

School of Arts & Sciences

Department of International and Middle Eastern Studies


Ph.D. in Arabic Sociolinguistics, University of Alexandria | Alexandria, Egypt
The course work for this degree (Peace Fellowship)
Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin, USA
Master of Arts in Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Phonetics
University of Alexandria | Alexandria, Egypt
Master of Arts in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL)
The American University in Cairo | Cairo, Egypt
Diploma in Arabic Phonetics
BA in Arabic Phonetics, University of Alexandria, Egypt


Dr. Wahba joined AUD as Associate Professor of Arabic in August 2021. Prior to this, he has taught Arabic as a foreign and second language, Research methods in Second Language Acquisition, Sociolinguistics, and Phonetics of Arabic at both the graduate and undergraduate level at several institutions, including Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Middlebury College, University of Virginia, Ohio University, Bayreuth University (Germany), MyongJi University (South Korea), Notre Dame University (Japan), Zayed University (UAE), the American University in Cairo and Alexandria University in Egypt.

Dr. Wahba has also served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Director of Summer Arabic & Persian Language Institute during his time with Georgetown University, as well as the Arabic Language Program Coordinator at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).

His current research focuses on Teaching Arabic as a Foreign and a Second Language with previous work published in the areas of Applied Arabic Linguistics, Arabic Sociolinguistics, and Arabic Phonetics, and is a co-editor of Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century series (2006, 2018).

Currently he is working on a chapter covering the “Historical Overview on the Arabic Grammar Instruction,” in the third volume of “Teaching and Learning Arabic Grammar: Theory, Practice and Research.” In collaboration with two colleagues from AUC and University of Milano, this publication will be published by Routledge. In addition, he has contributed a chapter titled “Models of Arabic Pronunciation” in TAFL to a volume titled Handbook of Arabic Linguistics, edited by Ryding and Wilmsen and was just published by Cambridge University Press. Additionally, he recently addressed the goals of Arabic language in higher education in a chapter titled “Advanced Levels of Proficiency and the Goals of Arabic Language in Higher Education” to be published in a volume edited by Giolfo, M. and Salvagio, F. 10 Collana del Dipartimento di Lingue e Culture Moderne Università degli Studi di Genoa.

In addition to his research, Dr. Wahba enjoys sharing his research at various conferences and reviewing nationally recognized Arabic programs on behalf of the American Council on Education (ACE) ACE’s college credit recommendation service and as an external examiner for OPI testing: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language. He is also a member of the Editorial Board Review for the The International Multilingual Research Journal.

In his free time, Dr. Wahba enjoys reading, swimming, travelling and spending time with his two daughters, wife, and favorite cat - Za’tar.

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