Dr. Khater is University Faculty Scholar, Professor of History, and holds the Khayrallah Chair in Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University where he also serves as the Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.
A native of Lebanon (born 1960), he holds a Ph.D. degree in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of California, Berkeley, respectively. His books include Inventing Home: Emigration, Gender and the Making of a Lebanese Middle Class, 1861-1921, and A History of the Middle East: A Sourcebook for the History of the Middle East and North Africa, and Embracing the Divine: Passion and Politics in the Christian Middle East.
His most recent documentary is the new award-winning film titled The Romey Lynchings, that narrates the history of racial violence against early Arab immigrants.
In addition, he is the senior curator for Turath: An Exhibit of Early Arab American Culture. Most recently, he has received a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (USA) to develop Arabic handwriting text recognition. This research builds on the already developing Arabic OCR for print matters.
He is past editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and current editor of Mashriq&Mahjar: Journal of Middle East and North African Migrations, and sits on the editorial board of a book series on immigration studies.