MESP FACULTY UPDATE


Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad was promoted to full professor and became Chair of the Political Science Department as of August 2014. He was also named an O’Hanley Family Faculty Scholar by the Maxwell School. Boroujerdi served as Co-Chair of the Enhancing Internationalization Working Group of Syracuse University’s Strategic Plan Committee. He won the 2014 Moynihan Challenge for an international workshop and organized a major conference on the Iranian nuclear decision-making process at the Center for Strategic and International Affairs (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. (October 23-24, 2014). Dr. Boroujerdi received $50,000 in grants from Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies at Princeton Univer-sity. In 2014, he made presentations at University of Michigan’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (February), the biennial conference of the International Society for Iranian Studies (August), and a workshop jointly sponsored by the Stimson Center and Heinrich Boll Foundation (October).


Miriam F. Elman

(Associate Professor of Political Science) co-edited a book (with anthropologist Madelaine Adel-man), Jerusalem: Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City, published in the Peace and Con-flict Studies Series of Syracuse University Press and contributed a chapter on “Managing and Pre-venting the Spoilers of Peace” for the forthcoming volume Negotiation in Times of Crisis (Center for Applied Negotiations, Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University). Elman was appointed to serve on the international advisory boards of two Israeli non-partisan NGOs: Blue White Future and MITVIM: The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policy. She gave a guest lec-ture entitled “Is Israel too Democratic? Or, How Israel’s Messy Politics are Ruining the Chances for a Middle East Peace” at Congregation Beth Shalom-Chevra Shas in Dewitt, NY (June 11, 2014). Over the summer and fall of 2014, she also wrote numerous op-eds on the Israel-Hamas war and current controversies over academic freedom and anti-Semitic hate speech which were featured in The Times of Israel, The Post Standard, The Jewish Observer, and other online and print media outlets.


Carol Fadda-Conrey

(Associate Professor of English). Her book Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging was published by New York University Press in May 2014. Her essay “Arab American Citizenship in Crisis: Destabilizing Representations of Arabs and Muslims  in  the  US  after  9/11”  is  reprinted  in  the  edited  collection  Narrating  9/11:  Fantasies  of  State,  Security,  and  Terrorism (Johns Hopkins UP, forthcoming), and her essay “Enacting Cross-Racial and Transnational Solidarity in an Age of ‘Terror’” appeared in Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America (15.2, 2014). In the last year, Fadda-Conrey organized and participated in panel discussions at the Arab American Studies Association conference (April 2014),  the Radius of Arab American Writers conference (September 2014), the National Women’s Studies Associa-tion conference (November 2014), and the Middle East Studies Association conference (November 2014). She is currently serving as chair of the Global Arab and Arab American Literature Forum at the Modern Language Association.


Rania Habib

(Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Arabic) published in 2014 an article entitled “Vowel varia-tion  and  reverse  acquisition  in  rural  Syrian  child  and  adolescent  language”  in  the  journal  Lan-guage Variation and Change. Habib also presented in three conferences in 2014: a paper entitled “Children’s  deviation  in  the  acquisition  of  variable  linguistic  gender  patterns”  at  New  Ways  of  Analyzing Variation 43 (NWAV 43) in Chicago, Illinois; “Comparing children’s variable language to their parents’: Is it acquisition or more?” at the Arabic Linguistics Symposium 28 (ALS 28) at the University of Florida; and “Children’s variable language compared to parents’: Is it acquisition or more?” at the 88th/2014 Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA 2014) in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Amy Kallander

(Associate  Professor  of  Middle  East  History)  began  a  four-year  term  as  Reviews  Editor  for  theJournal of Middle East Women’s Studies. JMEWS is the official publication of the Association for Middle East Women’s Studies which is dedicated to advancing the fields of Middle East women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in the interpretive social sciences and humanities. Kallander orga-nized an interdisciplinary panel on “Women, Gender and Masculinities in Post-Colonial Tunisia,” where she also presented her research at the annual conference of the Middle East Studies As-sociation.  At  Syracuse,  Kallander  continues  to  develop  courses  that  broaden  the  offerings  for  undergraduate degrees in Middle East Studies, teaching classes on “Popular Culture in the Middle East” and a new seminar this spring on the “Arab Revolutions” of 2011. She was invited to serve on the Academic Advisory council of the Jewish Voice for Peace. Kallander was recently awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to conduct archival research this summer on her new project on women and modernity in post-colonial Tunisia.


Natalie Koch

(Assistant Professor of Geography) has recently published an article on Doha in Urban Geography, titled “‘Building glass refrigerators in the desert’: Discourses of urban sustainability and nation-building  in  Qatar.”  She  presented  this  article  at  the  Middle  Eastern  Studies  Association  annual  meeting in Washington, D.C. in November. She also gave an invited lecture at the Elliott School of George Washington University on her SSRC-funded research about capital city development in Central Asia and the GCC, titled  “Re-imagining ‘post-Soviet’ Central Asia: The role of the GCC and articulating geopolitical identities through capital cities.” This summer and fall, she has presented her findings from this study at various lectures and conferences in Finland, Sweden, Canada, New York, and Oregon. In Spring 2014, she gave a new undergraduate seminar on “The Greater Middle East,” which she will offer as a joint undergraduate/graduate seminar in Spring 2015.


Yüksel Sezgin

Yüksel held fellowships at the Center for Democracy, Toleration and Religion at Columbia University, and the  Center  for  Interdisciplinary  Research  at  Bielefeld  University  in  spring  and  summer  2014.  In  August 2014, Sezgin received the American Sociological Association’s Gordon Hirabayashi Human Rights Book Prize for his recent book entitled Human Rights under State-Enforced Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt and India (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In Fall 2014, Sezgin was also named the new director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program.