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Sabra Webber

Sabra Webber

Sabra Webber

Professor Emerita and Member, Emeritus Academy at OSU


614 292-9255

314 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road
Columbus, OH,

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Areas of Expertise

  • Folkloristics (esp. RĂ©sistance 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

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.