Director, Arabic Studies

Martin Isleem is the director of the Arabic Studies program and teaches the Arabic language and culture courses. Martin Isleem joined Bucknell University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Arabic in Fall of 2009. In 2011, he defended his Ph.D. dissertation entitled "Language Attitude and Change among the Druze in Israel" and graduated in Summer of 2012 from the University of Texas at Austin. In Fall of 2012, Martin Isleem was hired as an Assistant Professor of Arabic at Bucknell University. Under Martin Isleem's supervision, the Curriculum Committee approved a minor in Arabic Studies.

Educational Background

  • BA in Sociology and Anthropology, and Statistics, University of Haifa, Israel
  • M.Ed. in Educational Counseling, Beit Berl College, Israel
  • MA., Democracy Studies, The Open University of Israel, Israel
  • Ph.D. in Arabic Sociolinguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • language attitude and change
  • linguistic landscape
  • linguistic behavior and use of Druze in Israel
  • language policy and management in Israel
  • minority language rights and language maintenance
  • Arabic-Hebrew codeswitching
  • teaching Arabic as a foreign language

Selected Publications


"Arabic-Hebrew Codeswitching: The case of the Druze community in Israel", International Journal of Applied Linguistics (Forthcoming 2014).

"Developing Attitudes toward Learning Arabic as a Foreign Language", in V. Aguilar, L.M. Pérez Cañada y P. Santillán (eds.) Arabele 2012: Enseñanza y aprendizaje de la lengua árabe / Teaching and Learning the Arabic Language / تعليم وتعلّم اللغة العربية /, Murcia: Universidad de Murcia, 2014.

"Druze Linguistic Landscape in Israel: Indexicality of New Ethnolinguistic Identity Boundaries", International Journal of Multilingualism, December 17, 2013 (DOI:10.1080/14790718.2013.868467).


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