Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - John Austin SHOUP

John Austin SHOUP

  • Part-Time Faculty
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Status: Part-time
  • Office number : 8
  • Building : 10
  • Office phone : (+212)-535-8630-70
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  • John A. Shoup – is a Full Professor of Anthropology has his BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic from the University of Utah and his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted field work in Lesotho, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and most recently in Mauritania on topics related to pastoralism, impact of tourism on local communities, traditional land use systems, and popular culture. He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters and published Culture and Customs of Jordan (2007), Culture and Customs of Syria (2008) and co-authored Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life the Arab States (2009), and Ethnicities in the Middle East and Africa (2012). He was part of research team for the Baseline Survey conducted in the Middle Atlas region of Ifrane (2000) and on the impact of tourism in Atlantic port city of Essaouira (2001- 2002) published as Assessing Tourism in Essaouira by Al Akhawayn University (2002). John Shoup taught at the American University in Cairo from 1990 to 1996 and at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco from 1996 to the present.
  • Degree : Ph.D. (1990) in Cultural Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, Dissertation title: Hima: A Traditional Bedouin Land-Use System in Contemporary Syria and Jordan, 1981 Graduate Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, 1980 M.A. Arabic, Middle East Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Thesis title: Bedouins of Jordan: History and Sedentarization, 1975 B.A., Arabic, cum laude, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Research areas and expertise : Traditional communities and the impact of development; Pastoral nomads in the Middle East and North Africa; Popular Culture