She was a visiting professor of African History at University of Illinois-Chicago, and for one year the Director of Arab Studies at the same school. She also served for one year as the Director of the Arab Information Center at Chicago, an office of the Arab League of States. She taught Middle East Politics, African Politics, Politics of the Third World, the Politics of Jerusalem, and Women of the Third World at Lake Forest College, where she holds the title of D. K. Pearsons Professor of Politics, emerita. She was also a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, as well as the inaugural Susan Currier Visiting Professor of Gender and Global Studies at California Polytechnic University in the Fall of 2009. She taught at the University of Damascus in the Fall of 1997 and will be a visiting professor at the University of Tunis- al-Manar in January of 2012.
She is past president of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, past Editor of Arab Studies Quarterly, and past Chair of Palestine Human Rights Campaign. She is currently on the editorial board of Hartford Seminary’s Muslim World, and Alternatives: The Turkish Journal of International Relations, and Arab Studies Quarterly. She was a member of the Board of North Park University’s Center for Middle East Studies. She continues to lecture at various academic institutions in the US and abroad and was a frequent speaker at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She has also been a frequent guest on Public Television’s program “Chicago Tonight”, on CNN, and on ABCs radio and television program “Beyond the Beltway,” NPR Chicago and many parts of the country, the Arabic Section of the Voice of America, the Milt Rosenberg talk show of WGN Chicago, Al-Jazeera’s Arabic program, and television’s History Channel.
She is the author of six books: Suakin and Massawa under Egyptian Rule (University Press of America, 1979), Palestine and the Egyptian National Identity (PRAEGER, 1992), The Islamic Mobilization of Women in Egypt (University Press of Florida, 1996), Syria and the Palestinians: The Clash of Nationalisms (University Press of Florida, 2001), and Palestinian Refugees: Pawns to Political Actors (Nova Science Publishers, 2003). Her latest book, Palestine and the Egyptian Press: From al-Ahram to al-Ahali, was released by Lexington Books in 2007. Her latest book is Historical Dictionary of Women in the Middle East and North Africa, published by Scarecrow in 2013. She is also the editor of an encyclopedia volume, Children in the Middle East and North Africa, published by Greenwood Press. She contributed an article “Peace Movements: Middle East and the Arab World,” for The Encyclopedia on Women, published by Rutledge. She has edited four publications on women, one of which is Women in the Islamic Maelstrom, which appeared as a special issue of Muslim World. She co-edited a publication on the1967 June War. One of her latest articles which appeared in a special issue of Muslim World, commemorating the attacks of September 11, and their impact on Muslim Americans is titled: “The Neo-Cons and Muslim Women: The Legitimacy of the Reformer.” She participated in a special conference on Palestinian Women and Development, which was convened in Vienna by the NGO Department of the Austrian Foreign Office in 2008. She also participated in The Oxford Round Table, 2003, with a presentation on the veiling controversy and European Muslim women. She has published more than fifty articles on the following topics: the Jerusalem issue, the Palestine question, development in the Arab World, the Jordan factor and the Palestine question, African-Arab relations, women in Islam, Palestinian women, women, education and development in the Persian Gulf countries, Islamic philanthropy and women in Egypt, the Palestinian human rights issue, political Islam, and many others.
She has attended several international meetings and conferences in Jordan, Cyprus, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Britain, Ireland, Egypt, Syria, Spain, Tunisia and Austria, where she presented papers on diverse subjects such as: women and development in the Middle East, the Palestinians in Iraq, the question of Jerusalem, Arab nationalism in the balance, Palestinian refugees, and the Afro-American Islamic community in the US. In recent years, she has participated in two colloquia by the World Council of Churches which were convened in Greece and Switzerland, both on the rights of different religious communities in Jerusalem. She also received a Senior Scholar Fulbright research and lecture grant for study in Syria in 1997.