Dr. Esber has a strong academic background in the history, culture, and economy of the Middle East and North Africa. Her doctoral study on the 1948 Arab-Israeli war and the resulting refugees became the basis for her 2008 book, Under the Cover of War: The Zionist Expulsion of the Palestinians
. Her current research will gather stories from persons of Arab American descent who live in the South, particularly in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and Texas. Her interviews will reveal ways the children and grandchildren of Arab immigrants from diverse countries in western Asia and northern Africa have acculturated or not acculturated into the mainstream southern experience. Dr. Esber is an active independent scholar with twenty-two years of diverse experience in project design and implementation. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.
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