Abbas Benmamoun is the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs with responsibilities to provide leadership in the areas of academic affairs and faculty affairs. He is the Romano Professorial Scholar in the Department of Linguistics. His research focuses on comparative syntax and morphology of natural language and on heritage languages (issues of language maintenance and loss within immigrant communities). He is the author of The Feature Structure of Functional Categories (Oxford University Press, 2000), co-author of The Syntax of Arabic (Cambridge University Press, 2010), and co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Arabic Linguistics (Routledge). He is also co-editor of the book series Studies in Arabic Linguistics (John Benjamins). He previously served on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.