Camelia Suleiman
(517) 884-4320

B360 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesGlobal Studies in Arts and HumanitiesSecond Language Studies

Associate Professor


Ph.D., Linguistics, Georgetown University

Camelia Suleiman (Ph.D. Linguistics, Georgetown University), is an associate professor at the Linguistics and Languages department at Michigan State University. She has led the Arabic Program from 2012-2020. Her current research interests are in the Sociolinguistics of Arabic and its contact with Hebrew. Other research interests are on language, race and gender, language and the media and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her publications include: The Politics of Arabic in Israel: A Sociolinguistic Analysis. University of Edinburgh Press. May 2017, and Language and Identity in the Israel-Palestine Conflict: The Politics of Self-Perception in the Middle East. November, 2011. London: I.B. Tauris Press. Her articles appeared in ‘Journal of Psycholinguistic ResearchPragmaticsMiddle East Critique, The Middle East Journal of Culture and CommunicationMiddle East Studies Association Bulletin, and others. Her research also received several awards, press releases, and media coverage.

Prof. Camelia Suleiman recently published a sociolinguistic study of the use of Arabic in Israel.

University News

Faculty Voice: Providing a Forum for Cross-Regional Muslim Studies
Published January 31, 2023 in College of Arts & Letters
Russell E. Lucas is a Professor of International Relations in James Madison College and Global Studies in the College of Arts & Letters. He previously served as Director of the Global Studies in…Read now »
Professor Shares Experience Teaching in Israel While Street Violence Takes Place
Published May 26, 2021 in College of Arts & Letters
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Camelia Suleiman, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, is currently staying in Nazareth, Israel, while co-teaching a course at…Read now »
Citizen Scholars Graduates 11 More Students
Published May 18, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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The Citizen Scholars program launched in fall 2016 preparing the next generation of diverse, high-achieving, and engaged citizen leaders. The first three graduates of the program graduated…Read now »
Camelia Suleiman Appointed Interim Director of Citizen Scholars Program
Published January 24, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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Camelia Suleiman, Associate Professor of Arabic Studies in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, has been appointed Interim Director of…Read now »
Exploring the Social Context of Arabic in the Middle East
Published October 1, 2019 in College of Arts & Letters
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For 70 years, Arabic was an official language of Israel. That changed last year with the passing of the Nation-State Bill, which became law on July 19, 2018, designating Hebrew as Israel’s…Read now »
Arabic Students Paired with Syrian Refugees to Help Learn the Language
Published December 8, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Crossing both cultural and language barriers, two MSU Arabic classes are gaining true conversational experience through the creation of an Arabic language conversation program that pairs…Read now »
Global Perspectives Symposium to Focus on Arabic Language and Culture
Published October 27, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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The public is invited to “Blurring Boundaries: Arabic Identities Across the Mediterranean and Beyond,” a global perspectives symposium at Michigan State University scheduled for November…Read now »
Citizen Scholars Class Offers Better Understanding of the Middle East
Published June 1, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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In a time when Arab and Islamic communities often face hostility and discrimination and are simply misunderstood, one Citizen Scholars class seeks to create greater awareness and…Read now »
Seven MSU Students Win Arabic Flagship Scholarship
Published April 18, 2016 in College of Arts & Letters
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Seven Arabic students from Michigan State University have won Flagship Scholarships, which will allow them to spend a year in Morocco at the Arabic Flagship site to advance their Arabic…Read now »