Sabra Webber

Professor Emerita and Member, Emeritus Academy at OSU
Core Faculty

Sabra Webber Professor Emerita having held joint appointments in the Comparative Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Departments and a courtesy appointment in Anthropology. She was chair of Comparative Studies from 1990-1996 and acting chair of NELC intermittently between 2008 and 2011. Her research focuses on Arab and Arab-American folklore and culture and on folklore theory--especially as it informs discussions of the colonial and post colonial and issues of social justice. She has been a Senior Fulbright Fellow in Tunisia and Morocco, an SSRC Fellow, a Social Science Research Council Senior Fellow, a Rockefeller Residency Fellow and an American Institute of Maghribi Studies Fellow as well as a recipient of NEH and British Academy fellowships. 

Currently she is preparing two manuscripts, "Folk You, Colin Kaepernick!: Grass Roots Resistance in American Big Money Sports" and "A Cultured Man: Syrian-American Folklorist Alan Jabbour's Family Immigration Saga."  She would be pleased to meet with any students who share her research interests.

Areas of Expertise
  • Folkloristics (esp. Résistance Arts)
  • Ethnography (esp. Social Capital)
  • Colonial/Contemporary North Africa
  • Disciplinary Dialogues and Histories
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Folklore, University of Texas, Austin, 1981
  • M.A.,Folklore, University of California, Berkeley, 19750
  • B.A., English Literature, Occidental College, Los Angeles, 1966

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