Ramzi Salti was born in Lebanon in 1966. French educated in Beirut, he completed his high school education in Jordan where he graduated by earning his British G.C.E. (General Certificate of Education) and Tawjihi degrees. In 1983, he moved to the United States where he earned his B.A. in French and English (1988) from Santa Clara University. He went on to earn his M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1997) in Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) at the University of California at Riverside.

Dr. Salti has been a full-time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford University since 1999. He is also a fully Certified ACTFL Oral and Written Proficiency Tester of Arabic by the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

He authors his own 'Arabology' blog at and hosts a weekly radio program titled 'Arabology' which airs on KZSU Stanford 90.1 FM. Podcasts are available at

Dr. Salti's collection of short stories, titled 'The Native Informant & Other Stories: Six Tales of Defiance from the Arab World' was published in 1994 to much critical acclaim and he consistently publishes essays and articles in such journals as World Literature Today, The International Fiction Review, The Journal of Arabic Literature, and Notes on Contemporary Literature; he was a also a regular reviewer of Arabic literature for "World Literature Today" and his Doctoral thesis, which surveys the (mis)representations of marginalized sexualities in Arabic Literature, has been published, in segments, in various scholarly journals.

Dr. Salti has taught a wide array of courses in Arabic Language and Literature at such institutions as Santa Clara University and U.C. Riverside and, since 1999, has worked as a full time Lecturer in Arabic at Stanford where he has organized and participated in numerous events that center on Arab-American literature, Postcolonial theory, Arabic Pop Culture, and the use of technology in language acquisition courses.

Salti has also amassed several prestigious awards during his years at Stanford, including the Stanford Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching (2004-5), the ASSU's Honorable Mention for the Teacher of the Year Award (2009) and the Knight Favorite Professor Award by the John S. Knight Fellowships Program for Professional Journalists, Class of 2005, 2009, and 2013. He also received a special award in 2019 for his his 20 Years of Academic Service at Stanford.

He has also received multiple grants from the Stanford Arts Institute to bring such Arabic cultural icons as Mike Massy, Yasmine Hamdan and Pierre Dulaine to the Stanford campus.

In addition to his academic writings, Dr. Salti has also received multiple grants from the Stanford Arts Institute to bring such Arabic cultural icons as Mike Massy, Yasmine Hamdan and Pierre Dulaine to the Stanford campus. He has also worked as an Entertainment writer for various magazines and has published dozens of articles about the music and film industry in such periodicals as "The Los Angeles Times," "The West Hollywood Weekly," "4-Front Magazine;" he has also published several in depth articles about Olivia Newton-John, including a lengthy, critically acclaimed biography and complete discography of Newton-John in "DISCoveries" magazine (1995); he has also interviewed several celebrities including Debbie Harry (Blondie), academy award winning actress Marlee Matlin, Mashrou' Leila, Tania Kassis, Tania Saleh, Yasmine Hamdan, Rania Kurdi, Dina El Wedidi, Arab Idol winners and many others. He has also moderated and presented, and DJ-ed several Arabic music events and lectures at Stanford including concerts by Emel Mathlouthi, DAM, Omar Offendum, and Mike Massy.

Salti currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area where he devotes his time to writing, blogging, radio broadcasting and teaching at Stanford University.

Academic Appointments

Honors & Awards

  • Service Award (20 Years), Stanford University (2019)
  • Outstanding Mentor, The Native Community at Stanford University (2018)
  • Knight Favorite Professor Award, John S. Knight Fellowships Program for Professional Journalists (Stanford) (2013, 2009, 2005, 2004)
  • ASSU Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention Award, Associated Students of Stanford University (2009)
  • Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University, 2004--5, Stanford University (2005)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Board Member, Arabian Shakespeare Festival (2016 - Present)
  • Film Reviewer, Arab Film Festival (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Arab Studies Table, Stanford University (2013 - Present)
  • Contributor + Book Reviewer, World Literature Today (1989 - 2009)

Professional Education

  • BA, Santa Clara University, English & French (1988)
  • Ph.D., University of California at Riverside, Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) (1997)
  • MA, University of California at Riverside, Comparative Literature (Arabic, French, English) (1991)

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Ramzi Salti's Arabology blog continues to highlight the latest music, interviews, and other cultural productions from the Arab world.


  • My 'Arabology' Radio Program on KZSU 90.1 FM, Stanford University
  • Utilizing Interactive Media to Improve Language Proficiency in the Classroom, Stanford University (2015 - Present)

    This project explores the way in which the use of interactive technology has contributed towards moving Y2 Arabic students at Stanford to the Advanced Proficiency (ACTFL) levels. This aim has been largely realized when it comes to students in my Y2 Heritage Arabic courses--a fact that I attribute to the generous use of multi-media interactive sources in those sections. Below are some ways in which I have successfully employed multi-media tools in the classroom, coupled with observations about language proficiency levels that I am making in my capacity as a Fully Certified ACTFL Tester of Arabic (both written and oral):



  • My Arabology YouTube Channel, KZSU 90.1 FM


    Stanford University

All Publications

  • Ramzi Salti's Arabology Radio Show Counts Down Top 20 Indie Arabic Songs of 2018 Arabology Salti, R. 2019
  • Arabic Music: An Interview with Dr. Ramzi Salti Qahwa Salti, R., Hmood, Z. 2017: 25-32
  • Q&A with Ramzi Salti, DJ of Arabology Stanford Daily Villa, A., Salti, R. 2016: 1
  • The Ambassador of 'Arabology': Stanford DJ and Lecturer Champions the Music of the Middle East Palo Alto Weekly Kane, K., Salti, R. 2016; XXXVIII (10): 2
  • Islamic Voices: Music of the Arab Spring Stanford Live Journal Salti, R. 2016
  • Queering Orientalism [Ramzi Salti relates homophobia and gender discrimination to the critique of colonialism] Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature Hassan, W. S. Oxford University Press. 2014
  • A different leader of men: Yusuf Idris against Arab concepts of male homosexuality WORLD LITERATURE TODAY Salti, R. 2001; 75 (2): 246-256
  • THE 'NATIVE INFORMANT' AND OTHER STORIES - SALTI,RM (Book Review) WORLD LITERATURE TODAY Book Review Authored by: Kadhim, H. 1995; 69 (4): 863-863
  • Oppressive Spaces: A Critical Examination of the Life and Works of Nawal el-Saadawi Journal of Arabic Literature Salti, R. 1994; 25 (2): 152-174
  • A Note on Mahfouz's Effort to Strike a Balance Between East and West International Fiction Review Salti, R. M. 1990; 17 (2): 3