Philip Kayal, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology Anthropology and Social Work

Professor Kayal has done extensive research on the sociology of AIDS volunteerism and activism. His book, Bearing Witness: Gay Men's Health Crisis and the Politics of AIDS (Westview Press, 1993) examined the voluntary formation of the largest most successful AIDS service organization in the world. 

His other major research and publication area is on Arab-Americans. He co-curated the exhibit Arab-New York at the Museum of the City of New York and co-edited (with Kathleen Benson) A Community of Many Worlds: Arab Americans in New York City (Museum of the City of New York and Syracuse University Press, 2002). In a related, but different vein, he recently published, with his cousin, Virginia Gerbino, A Taste of Syria (Hippocrene Press, 2002). 


He recently became director of the interdisciplinary Social and Behavioral Sciences program at Seton Hall University.