John Shoup

John A. Shoup – is a Professor of Anthropology has his BA and MA in Middle Eastern Studies/Arabic from the University of Utah and his PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has conducted field work in Lesotho, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and most recently in Mauritania on topics related to pastoralism, impact of tourism on local communities, traditional land use systems, and popular culture. He has authored and co-authored several articles and book chapters and published Culture and Customs of Jordan (2007), Culture and Customs of Syria (2008) and co-authored Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life the Arab States (2009), and Ethnicities in the Middle East and Africa (2012). In 2017 he published an encyclopedia on the Nile and an entry on Arab Nationalism in an encyclopedia of world nationalism by Oxford Scholars Press (2015), He is currently under contract for a history of Syria due to be published in May 2018. He was part of research team for the Baseline Survey conducted in the Middle Atlas region of Ifrane (2000) and on the impact of tourism in Atlantic port city of Essaouira (2001- 2002) published as Assessing Tourism in Essaouira by Al Akhawayn University (2002). John Shoup taught at the American University in Cairo from 1990 to 1996 and at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco from 1996 to the present.




Research interests and expertise


  • Popular music in the Arab world (published articles and chapters on Algerian Rai, Moroccan Gnaoua, and Mauritanian music)
  • Bedouin and Development/ Traditional land use systems and Development policies in Jordan and Syria (PhD dissertation research, published book chapter, journal articles)
  • Tribal Politics among Bedouin (published chapters and journal articles)
  • Arabic film and TV series (published journal articles)


  • Courses Thaught


  • Arab Society
  • North African Societies
  • North African Popular Culture
  • Popular Culture in Africa (south of the Sahara)
  • Development Policy
  • Field Methods (in the Social Sciences)
  • International Field Seminar (Istanbul and Cairo)
  • Ethnography of Africa
  • Contemporary Issues in North Africa

  • Contact information

    School of Humanities and Social Sciences | Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane