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Program Deans and Directors

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, FRANCE CAMPUS
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Dr. Leigh Smith, Director of the School of Humanities and Social SciencesDr. Leigh Smith, Dean of IAU and Professor
M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., Auburn University 

Dr. Leigh Smith has been the Academic Director at IAU since April 2011. He has taught courses in literature and French culture at IAU since 2005 and served as Interim Director of The Aix Center over the 2008-2009 academic year. He continues to teach Comparative Literature and leads a January term Traveling Seminar: Great Cities of Europe. Dr. Smith’s research has largely focused on the twentieth-century European novel, and he is currently tracing the novelistic representation of the European city. Dr. Smith has extensive study abroad experience, beginning in 1998 when he worked in the University of North Carolina’s Paris program while still a graduate student. He has taught at the Université de Paul Cézanne and at the Aix-Marseille University and has worked with other study abroad programs in France. He has a B.A. from Auburn University and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in comparative literature from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He speaks French, Italian, and German.

Dr. Guillaume Durand, Assistant Dean and Professor,
School of Humanities & Social Sciences
Doctorat, University of Provence
MA, University of Provence (Aix-Marseille) 

Dr. Guillaume Durand has been a professor of archaeology and art history at IAU since 2002, Assistant Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2014, and leads a January Term Traveling Seminar on Mediterranean Civilizations. Prof. Durand completed a Masters of Art History and Archaeology on Byzantine Studies and a Ph.D. in Romanian History at the Université de Provence. In 2014 he completed a three-year post-doctorate program funded by the European Union and under the aegis of the Romanian Academy (Bucharest) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He has published two books and several articles in French academic reviews (Cahier des Etudes Romanes, Turcica) and in Romania (Historical Yearbook, Annals of the Spiru Haret University). Professor Durand participates regularly in international conferences in France and throughout Europe and maintains active involvement and oversight of local, regional, and national archaeological excavations. He speaks French, English, Romanian, and Greek.

 The French Honors Program

Dr. Muriel Cros, Director of the French Honors ProgramDr. Muriel Cros, Assistant Dean and Professor, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of French Department and Director of French Honors Program, and Summer French Teachers Workshop
Doctorat, University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I
Masters in Literature, University of Provence, Aix-Marseille I 

Dr. Muriel Cros is a linguist, a teacher, and a poet. She joined IAU in 1996 as a professor of French Language and Literature. In 2012, she became Chair of the IAU French Department and Director of the IAU French Honors Program and Summer French Teachers Workshop, and in 2014 she became the Assistant Dean of the IAU School of Humanities and Social Sciences. During her many years of teaching experience within IAU and in prestigious French and American institutions of higher education, including Harvard and Vanderbilt University, Dr. Cros created many multidisciplinary courses and programs such as “Crossing Spaces in the Intercultural Contexts”, “Dialogue between French and Francophone Literature” and “France as seen through its Movies”. She earned a Masters in Literature, Aix-Marseille I University (1981), a Ph.D. in Linguistics in Aix-Marseille I University (1986) dealing with the relations between Poetic Patterns and the Acquisition of Language by Children, and a second one at the University of Montpellier III (1994). She was only the second linguist in France hired by the French Government for a national public health research program evaluating Discourses of Prevention towards young people. Dr. Cros’ research and publications have focused on Discourse Analysis (conceptualization of the language used in Public Health) and now on Plurilinguism and Multiliteracies (Creative Approaches and Language Learning). Dr. Cros is also an accomplished poet and visual artist. Her sculptural work explores themes relating to words and space and has been published and exhibited internationally. She is fluent in French and English and speaks some German.

 The Marchutz Program of Fine Arts

Dr. Yumna Masarwa, Director, The School of ArtDr. Yumna Masarwa, Director, The School of Art
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton University

Dr. Masarwa has a B.A. in Archaeology and History from Ben-Gurion University (Israel), a Teaching Certificate, and M.A and Ph.D degrees in Art & Archaeology from Princeton University. She taught at several academic institutions in the US and France such as Princeton University, INALCO Paris (Institut National des langues et Civilisations Orientales), Parsons Paris, CIEE Paris (Council on International Educational Exchange), and at Paris College of Art.  She joined ACM in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France in September 2013. She teaches various courses on Islam and Islamic art. Her research combines written sources (religious, historical, geographical etc.) with material culture. Since 2018, Dr. Masarwa has been conducting ethnographic research on the Algerian community in Marseille. She has published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on her book manuscript.


The School of Business and International Relations

Aboubakr Jamaï, Dean and Professor, School of Business & International Relations
MPA, Harvard University
MBA, University of Oxford 

Aboubakr Jamaï has been the Dean of the IAU School of Business and International Relations since 2014. Professor Jamaï‘s professional career spans the business sectors of finance, economics, and journalism. As a professor, he teaches political science and international journalism at IAU and other American institutions of higher education. Among the many prizes and distinctions he has received, Professor Jamaï was named Harvard University’s Nieman Fellow in 2007 and Mason Fellow in 2008. He was also awarded the 2008 Tully Center Free Speech Prize, Newhouse School of Communication, Syracuse University, and the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists. In 2016 he was honored by the Project on Middle East Democracy. Professor Jamaï has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Higher Institute of Commerce and Management in Casablanca, Morocco, a MBA from Oxford University, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. He speaks Arabic, French, and English.