Dr. John Hayes received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA in 1984. Since then he has taught at Cal, with occasional visiting stints elsewhere. His principal interests are Semitic linguistics; the history of Arabic and the grammatical study of Arabic; Sumerian; the contemporary Middle East. Dr. Hayes iis a recepient of an Honorary Membership in the Golden Key International Honour Society; Honorary Members are professors, campus advisors, and community service leaders who have proven themselves exceptional in their careers in education and helping others.
2000 Manual of Sumerian Grammar and Texts. Second edition. Malibu: Undena Publications.
2001 “The Integration of Romance Vocabulary in Maltese.” Romance Philology 54:393-405.
2000 (ed) Judaism and Islam: Boundaries, Communication, and Interaction. With Benjamin H. Hary and Fred Astren. Leiden: Brill.
He is currently working on three publications: a revised and expanded third edition of his Manual of Sumerian; a morphological analysis of Old Babylonian Royal Letters (with Prof Giorgio Buccellati of UCLA); and a popular history of the Battle of Tours in 732AD.
Courses regularly taught:
Semitics 100A-B: Aramaic
Semitics 205A-B: Ugaritic
Semitics 209A-B: Northwest Semitic epigraphy
Semitics 200A: Comparative Semitics
Arabic 107: Historical and geographical texts
Arabic 108: Islamic texts
Arabic 200: Arabic Grammatical Tradition
Arabic 202: History of Arabic
NES 10: Introduction to the Middle East