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Kail C. Ellis, O.S.A., is Assistant to the President of Villanova University.  Previously, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Villanova University, from 2010 to 2015 and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University and Associate Professor of political science, a position he held for almost 25 years. He is also the founder-director of Villanova’s Center for Arab and Islamic Studies which he directed from 1983 to 1998.  A member of the Augustinian Order, he was ordained to the priesthood in 1967.

Fr. Ellis received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in International Relations with a minor in Middle East History in 1979.  He holds Master’s degrees in political science and theology.  He served as a member and chair of the Board of Trustees of Merrimac College, North Andover, Massachusetts, from 1989-1991, and the Board of Trustees of the Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon, from 1996-2003. In 2010 he was elected to the International Board of Regents for Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, the Palestine Authority, and currently is chair of the Board Academic Policy Committee.  He was also an evaluator of the arts and sciences program for Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, the Palestine Authority in 1994 and since has consulted with the American University of Science and Technology in Beirut.

Fr. Ellis is currently co-Editor of the Journal of South Asian and Middle Easter Studies and  has edited and contributed to two books, The Vatican, Islam and the Middle East, (Syracuse, 1987), and Lebanon’s Second Republic, Prospects for the Twenty-First Century, (University Press of Florida, 2002).  He has also presented papers, published articles and contributed book chapters on such topics as “United States policy in Lebanon,” “Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Alternating Approaches,”  “Soviet Relations with South Asia and the Middle East,” “Superpower Relations with Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan,” “Vatican II and Contemporary Islam,” and “The Role of Minorities in the Formation of Modern Lebanon.” He has traveled in the Middle East, Western Europe, as well as to Russia, Pakistan and the autonomous republics of the Russian Federation, and Uzbekistan.

Dr. Hafeez Malik is Professor emeritus of Political Science, at Villanova University, where he has taught since 1961. Before joining Villanova University faculty, he was an accredited White House correspondent for the Pakistan Press 1960-1961. Since 1976 he has been the Editor of the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.  In 1973 he established the American Institute of Pakistani Studies, and for 15 years served as its Director. 

In the 1970s-80s he was awarded substantial funds by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct three seminars in 1976, 1978 and 1981 in Pakistan for U.S. social science college faculty. Each delegation included 15-18 members.

From 1964-2000, he organized three major international seminars on Pakistan and the superpower relations in Bellagio, Italy (1964), Ufa in Bashkortostan(1988) and Kazan in Tatarstan(1990) and twelve seminars at Villanova University. Four seminars were organized in The Institute of Oriental Studies in Moscow.  

Upon the request of the State Department he visited Russia from June 4-20, 2002 to explain the U.S. foreign policy toward the Muslims in general and Muslim republics in particular, especially those of Tatarstan and Bashkortostan within the Russian Federation.

Also, he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute of the State Department from 1961-1963, and from 1966-1995 and helped train the U.S. diplomats, assigned to serve in South Asia.

In 1992, he (along with Dr. Sakhawat Hussein) founded the Pakistan American Congress, and then served as the Chairman of its Advisory Council.

In 1994 (in cooperation with Patricia Coffee) he founded the World Affairs Council of Greater Valley Forge and has served on it Advisory.

He has visited twenty five countries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East and lectured in some of their well-known universities.

His area of specialization includes U.S. foreign policy for:  1) Russia and Central Asia, 2) South Asia, and 3) the Middle East. 

He has authored/edited/translated 20 books since 1961, which were published in the United States and Britain and Pakistan

Nadia H. Barsoum is an Assistant Editor to the Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Nadia is a graduate from Cairo University, where she majored in Economic and Finance and minored in management and computer science. She earned a Master degree in International relations, 1977 from Villanova University.

Nadia assisted Dr. H. Malik in organizing seminars on international Affairs.

She has traveled extensively in the Middle East, Europe, South America and Asia where she attended several international seminars.

She is an active member and treasurer of the American Council for the Studies for the Islamic Societies (ACSIS) since 2008 and has organized its annual meetings in Villanova in 2015 at Villanova University.