Associate Professor Mohssen Esseesy is the Chair of Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, where he also directs the Arabic and Turkish programs. His recent research and publications span historical and applied linguistics, which include the book chapter “Typological Features of Grammaticalization in Semitic” in the edited volume Grammaticalization and Typology in Oxford University Press( 2018); book chapter “Arabic for Specific Purposes: Problems and Potentials” in Routledge Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century Volume II (2018). In-press textbook Advanced Business Arabic at Georgetown University Press;Past publications include his monograph Grammaticalization of Arabic Propositions and Subordinators: A Corpus-Based Study, Brill 2010.
Professor Esseesy is a member of the editorial board of Routledge Studies in Language and Identity Series and serves as an Arabic language proficiency rater for U.S. Arabic Flagship programs, stateside and overseas, with the American Councils for International Education.This year he has completed a two-year term on the Faculty Senate and was previously elected to the CCAS Dean’s Council, where he served a full term between 2013-2016. He was a member of the Steering Committee of Middle East Studies at the Elliott School since joining GW in 2004-2018. Nationally, Professor Esseesy was elected to the Executive Board of the American Association of Teacher of Arabic (AATA), where he served between 2003-2005.