Najat Khelil

Dr. Najat Arafat Khelil is an extremely accomplished Arab-American academic who has dedicated her life to advocating for Arab issues. During her career, Dr. Khelil has lectured and researched widely, and she has taught at many universities, including Texas A&M University, North Texas State University, the University of Algiers, North Carolina University, and George Washington University. She was the first woman to get a PhD in Nuclear Physics in the state of Texas.

Dr. Khelil is deeply devoted to Arab activism. Currently, Dr. Khelil is the Chairperson of the National Arab American Women’s Association (NAAWA), Vice President of Know Thy Heritage (KTH), and a member of the board of directors at the United Palestinian Appeal (UPA). Previously, she served as the president of the Palestinian American Congress, the Arab Women’s Council Research and Education Fund, ROOTS Palestinian Youth Organization, and the Arab Women’s Council. This is only a small sample of the Arab and Palestinian-American organizations with which she has been involved!

Throughout her career, Dr. Khelil has also maintained a deep commitment to women’s issues. Under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency and the State Department, Dr. Khelil has led workshops on leadership training and conflict resolution for women in Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Yemen, Qatar, and Morocco, among other countries. Dr. Khelil was listed in Marquis’ list “Who’s Who of American Women”. She was also the recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award by the American Task Force on Palestine, and was awarded Honoree of the Palestinian American Community by the General Delegation of the PLO to the United States.

Dr. Khelil has an outstanding track record, both in academia and in Arab activism. We could not be prouder to have such an accomplished Arab-American woman representing ABPA!