Mohssen Esseesy

Prof. Mohssen Esseesy

Departmental Chair and Co-ordinator of the Arabic Program
Faculty: Full-Time
Address: Rome Hall
801 22nd St NW
Washington, DC,
Phone: 202-994-6179
Fax: 202-994-2156
[email protected]

Professor Mohssen Esseesy is currently the Chair of the Department who also directs the Arabic and Persian Programs. At GW he was elected and served a two-year term in the GW University Faculty Senate (2017-2019); he also was elected and served a three-year term on the Columbian College Dean’s Council (2013-2016). Past leadership positions include serving as the GW Executive Director of the Summer National Security Internship Program (2008-2010). Additionally, Esseesy served on numerous committees at the Department, College, and University levels.

Esseesy’s recent publications include the forthcoming book (in-press production at Georgetown University Press, scheduled for Spring 2020 release) Al-Munjiz: Advanced Business Arabic. Also, recently he published the Book chapter “Typological Features of Grammaticalization in Semitic” in Heiko Narrog and Bernd Heine (eds.) Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective, Oxford University Press, 2018; the book chapter “Arabic for Specific Purposes: Problems and Potentials” in Handbook for Arabic Language Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century, vol. II, (eds.) Wahba, England, and Taha, Routledge, 2018.

Previous publications include Esseesy’s book Grammaticalization of Arabic Prepositions and Subordinators, Brill (The Netherlands):2010. Additionally, he has published the articles (“Appositions”, “Grammaticalization”, “Reanalysis”, Semantic Bleaching”, and “Semantic Extension”) in the first and only Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics published by Brill (2006-2009). He has presented numerous academic papers on Arabic and Semitic historical linguistics at national and international academic conferences and symposia.

Professor Esseesy has been a member of the Editorial Board of Routeldge Studies in Language and Identity since 2017 and has served as a reviewer and referee for Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, Modern Language Journal, and Georgetown University Press. Additionally, he served as Arabic Proficiency Rater for pre- and post-program writing for U.S. Flagship, stateside and overseas, for the American Councils for International Education (2013-2018). Previously, he served as a member of the Board of Reviewers of the Standards for Learning Arabic K-16 publication and served one three-year term as an elected member of the Executive Board of the American Association of Teachers of Arabic from 2003-2005.

Professor Esseesy has extensive experience in teaching Arabic at the university-level including past faculty appointments at the University of Florida (Gainesville); University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Georgetown University. Moreover, created an Arabic Studies major and minor at GW. He trains teaching faculty through pedagogical workshops and symposia.

Esseesy received his Ph.D. in Arabic (linguistics) with Distinction from Georgetown University; Near Eastern and North African Studies from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Propedeuse (plus three years of coursework) in Egyptology at Leiden University in the Netherlands; B.A. in Archaeology from Cairo University.



Contemporary Business Arabic, Georgetown University Press, forthcoming spring 2019,
"Typological features of grammaticalization in Semitic" In Grammaticalization and Typology, eds. Bernd Heine and Heiko Narrog, Oxford University Press, forthcoming October 2018
"Arabic for Specific Purposes: Problems and Potentials" in Handbook for Arabic Teaching Professionals in the 21st Century vol II, Routledge, 2018