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Eliana Abu-Hamdi

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Associate Dean for Research, School of Architecture

Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Caglayan Baser
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Çağlayan Başer

Assistant Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago, 2020

Areas of Expertise

Conflict, political violence, and security; gender politics; domestic politics and international relations

Ekrem Başer

Postdoctoral Scholar, Political Science Department

Research Affiliate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020

Areas of Expertise

Conflict dynamics, international political economy, reputation and status, formal theory, political methodology
Hossein Bashiriyeh

Hossein Bashiriyeh

Teaching Professor, Political Science Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., Political Theory, Department of Political Theory and Institutions, University of Liverpool, 1982

Areas of Expertise

Political sociology of the Middle East
Zachary J. Braiterman

Zachary J. Braiterman

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Professor, Religion, College of Arts and Sciences

Ph.D., Stanford University, Department of Religious Studies (1995)

Areas of Expertise

The impact of enlightenment, modernity, modernism, and postmodernism upon Jewish ideas about God, ritual, text-interpretation, and community life—with special emphasis on Jewish philosophy, theoretical aesthetics and classical Jewish sources.
Omar Cheta

Omar Cheta

Assistant Professor, History Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., New York University, 2014

Areas of Expertise

Modern Middle East, Late Ottoman Empire, Egypt, capitalism, legal history

Michal Downie

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Part-Time Instructor, Hebrew, College of Arts and Sciences

Ken Frieden

Ken Frieden

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

B.G. Rudolph Professor of Judaic Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Yale University

Rania Habib

Rania Habib

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Program Coordinator and Associate Professor, Arabic, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University of Florida, 2008

Timur Hammond

Timur Hammond

Assistant Professor, Geography and the Environment Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Research Affiliate, South Asia Center

Research Affiliate, Center for European Studies

Ph.D., Department of Geography, University of California, 2016

Areas of Expertise

Cultural geography, urban geography, geographies of memory, Turkey, Middle East
Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Professor, Architecture, School of Architecture

Ph.D., Columbia University

Areas of Expertise

Islamic and modern architectural history.

Areas of Expertise

Global Civil Society
Collaborative and Participatory Governance
Foreign Policy
Foreign Aid
Tazim Kassam

Tazim R. Kassam

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, South Asia Center

Associate Professor, Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., McGill University, 1993

Fethi Keles

Fethi Keles

Part-time Instructor, Anthropology Department

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2014

Areas of Expertise

Refugee resettlement, forced migration, displacement, peace and conflict

Osamah F. Khalil

Professor, History Department

Chair, International Relations Undergraduate Program

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Ph.D., Department of History, University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Areas of Expertise

U.S. foreign relations, modern Middle East, Cold War, Arab-Israeli conflict
Natalie Koch
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Natalie Koch

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Geography and the Environment Department

Director, Central Asia and the Caucasus Initiative

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, 2012

Areas of Expertise

political geography, nationalism, geopolitics, authoritarianism, Gulf and Arabian Peninsula studies
Jaklin Kornfilt

Jaklin Kornfilt

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Director and Professor, Linguistic Studies Program, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1985

Sandra Lane

Sandra D. Lane

Professor by Courtesy Appointment, Anthropology Department

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Professor of Public Health, Falk College

Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence

Research Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Upstate Medical University

Ph.D., U. California - Berkeley and San Francisco, 1998
Eva Phillips

Eva Phillips

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Part-Time Instructor, Arabic, College of Arts & Sciences

B.A., University of Haifa at Oraneem
Kara Richardson

Kara Richardson

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Philosophy, College of Arts & Sciences

Robert A. Rubinstein

Robert A. Rubinstein

Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Anthropology Department

Professor, International Relations

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1977

Areas of Expertise

Peace, conflict and international security, medical anthropology and public health, methods, history and theory
Yüksel Sezgin

Yüksel Sezgin

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Director, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Research Affiliate, South Asia Center

Ph.D., University of Washington, 2007

Areas of Expertise

Legal pluralism; informal justice systems; comparative religious law (Islamic, Jewish and Hindu); human and women’s rights in the context of the Middle East, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Erella Brown Sofer

Erella Brown Sofer

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Part-Time Instructor, Hebrew, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Cornell University
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Sevinç Türkkan

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Assistant Teaching Professor, Writing Studies, Rhetoric and Composition, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana
Jim Watts

James W. Watts

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Professor, Religion, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D., Yale University, 1990
Yael Zeira

Yael Zeira

Associate Professor, Political Science Department

Research Co-Director, International and Intra-State Conflict

Senior Research Associate, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Ph.D., Department of Politics, New York University, 2012

Areas of Expertise

Middle East politics, comparative politics, political conflict and violence
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