Secretary: Dr. Michael Toler

Michael Toler‘s is the Content Manager of, a globally accessible, scholarly resource focused on architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, material and visual culture, and conservation issues in Muslim Societies. Dr. Toler is particularly focused on building the collection in areas where it is less developed, including Morocco and the Maghrib more broadly.  Previously he was Chief Program Officer of the Al Musharaka Initiative of the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education (NITLE) and editor of the Arab Culture and Civilization Online Resource developed by the initiative.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies from (SUNY) Binghamton University, where his research focused on the Francophone novel from the Maghreb.  In addition, he is a published translator and scholar of North African (especially Moroccan and Algerian) literature, cinema and popular music, and a specialist in Digital Humanities in Area Studies.  Michael Toler was a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching in the Moroccan University system from 1990-94.  During this time he established the TALM lending library.  He remained in Morocco until 1996, teaching at the King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier and at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane.