Claudia I. Baba

Claudia I. Baba received B.A. and M.A. degrees in Political Science from the University of Houston where her research focused primarily on comparative politics, political theory, and American politics.  Active in education, politics, and art, she is a former high school social studies teacher and director of education outreach at the World Affairs Council of Houston, where she coordinated programs like the World Cultures Summit and Global Issues In-Depth.  She has worked on local, state, and national political campaigns and was field organizer for the Arab American Institute, a Washington based nonpartisan national leadership organization.  She served on the executive committee of the award-winning Houston Palestine Film Festival and was local liaison for the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  Since 2012, she has served as an officer for the Arab American Educational Foundation which was formed in Houston in 1985 to promote understanding of Arab culture and history through the endowment of university chairs, sponsoring academic programs, lecture series, cultural performances, scholarships, and research.  AAEF has established Endowed Chairs in Modern Arab History at both Rice University and the University of Houston.  She currently teaches International Politics and Intercultural Issues at the University of St. Thomas.