Ms. Rawan is an Afghan-American Emeritus Library faculty at the University of Arizona Libraries with expertise in Afghanistan culture and languages. She has over 30 years of academic experience in areas of social sciences, Middle Eastern studies languages and collections, and national and international library depository programs.
Ms. Rawan worked in serval library institutions in the United States and has been at the University of Arizona since 1985. She has served in several library and campus-wide projects and activities including projects related to Afghanistan as a project coordinator, grant investigator, and as a project director. Since the fall of Taliban in 2001, she has travelled 13 times to Afghanistan as a trainer and as a consultant. She has been a Project Investigator and Director for preserving and creating access to unique Afghanistan literature from the Jihad Period – a collaborative digitization project between the University of Arizona and the Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University since 2007. She was affiliated with the Drachman Institute and currently with the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona on an educational curriculum development program for Afghanistan Cultural Heritage – a collaborative project with Kabul University, Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology with funding from the US State Department and the US National Service Parks. She is a specialist in Library and Information discipline and has been selected for the US Fulbright Specialist Roster Program. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (AISA) and on the board of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, a master degree in Educational Anthropology from New York University and a master in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the American Library Association and is the recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Elizabeth Futus Catalyst for Change award. She has received several state and national awards and grants for her work in Afghanistan and for her leadership in Librarianship including the U.S.S. Arizona Bell (Outstanding University Achievements 2008 and 2009 award) and a certificate of honor award from the University of Arizona on her work with digitization of Afghanistan’s unique literature. She is also the recipient of the European Union program to attend a weeklong workshop in Brussels, Belgium, June 1997, and a recipient of East-West Center Scholarship, University of Hawaii for her undergraduate program.