Graduate Students Awards, Jobs and Post-docs

Doctoral Alumni

Sara Pursley (History 2012) was the first student in the Middle East major in the Ph.D. Program in History. She has accepted a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Princeton Society of Fellows, starting in fall 2014, and a tenure-track position in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies department at New York University to begin in fall 2016. She has also received a contract from Stanford University Press for “Familiar Futures: Time, Selfhood, and Sovereignty in Iraq, 1932-63,” a book based on her GC dissertation.


Doctoral Students

Andrew Alger (History) was awarded an ARC Research Praxis Award for Fall 2014 to work on “Visualizing Baghdad,” an urban history of twentieth-century Iraq. He presented “Religious Education and Revolution in Hashemite Iraq” at the MESAAS Graduate Student Conference, Columbia University (February 27, 2014); he also read a paper at the 29th Annual Middle Eastern History and Theory Conference at the University of Chicago (May 3, 2014).

Nick Micinski (Political Science) was awarded a CLS scholarship to study Arabic in Tangier, Morocco for two months in summer 2014.

Jeffrey Culang (History) was a fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York City in 2013-14. He was awarded a fellowship for 2014-15 with the Committee for the Study of Religion at the CUNY Graduate Center. In July 2014, he will be the managing editor of the International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies,

Paul Fadoul (French) received the Randolph L. Braham Dissertation Award for 2014-15.

Rita Obeid (Psychology) is conducting research in Lebanon, Turkey and Japan on “Changing Conceptions of Autism Spectrum Disorders.” With two faculty members, she developed an online training about autism that can be used as a teaching tool.

Claire Panetta (Anthropology) received the Presidential Research Fellowship at the Center for the Humanities (2013-2014); as part of this fellowship, she co-organized a day-long workshop entitled “Delimiting Egypt: Law, Land, Bodies” with Professor Beth Baron. Panetta also presented “Producing the ‘Islamic City:’ Al-Azhar Park and the AKTC in ‘Historic Cairo,’” at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in November 2013. In summer 2014, she will be doing fieldwork in Cairo supported by the Provost’s Summer Research Award.

Chris Rominger (History) received the ARC Student Research Praxis award (Fall 2014); a Doctoral Student Research Grant (2014); and a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Summer 2014 Scholar: Seminar on WWI in the Middle East (Georgetown University). Rominger will present papers at the National University of Ireland, Galway: International Workshop on Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in WWI (June 13-14, 2014); and at Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, PA): Legacy of World War I Conference (Nov. 14-15, 2014).

Deen Sharp (Geography) reviewed A Suburban Revolution? An International Conference on Bringing the Fringe to the Centre of Global Urban Research and Practice for Jadaliyya. This conference, housed at York University in Toronto, Canada, aims to contribute to foundational thinking on global Suburbanisation. Sharp’s article relates this debate to the current conversation on the urban fringe in the Arab world.

Melis Sulos (History) contributed a chapter, “Performance as Politics of Westernization in the Late Ottoman World,” in Celebration, Entertainment and Theatre in the Ottoman World, edited by Suraiya Faroqhi and Arzu Ozturkmen (2014). She also presented two paper: “War, Orphans and Military Education in the Late Ottoman Empire” at Kemerburgaz University; and “Representing and Legitimizing the Revolution of 1908 via Public Stages: The Invention the Milli Facia genre,” at the 4th World Congress for Middle East Studies (2014), organized in the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.


Master’s Alumni

Brittany Haynes (2014) will pursue a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Avishan Bodjnoud (2013) moved to a new job at the UN (New York) as Research Officer for the Policy and Best Practices section of Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Her MA in Middle Eastern studies was imperative for this position.

Jenna Daley (2014) will be working as an English teacher and tutor with AMIDEAST in Rabat, Morocco starting in October 2014. AMIDEAST is an American non-profit that engages with and promotes inter-cultural exchange between the United States and the Middle East in the form of study abroad and English teaching programs and by hosting Fulbright scholars and teachers.

Ian VanderMeulen was the 2014 Outstanding Student of the Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies. In Fall 2014, he will start a Ph.D. Program in Anthropology at New York University.


Master’s Students

Nicholas DeAntonis has been curriculum contributor for the 9/11 Tribute Center’s effort to understand how high school teachers have integrated 9/11 and its aftermath into their instruction. He has worked as a History teacher at the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering in Stamford, CT for the past ten years, teaching courses in Middle Eastern Studies and United States history.

Justin Tessier is now employed by the Alumni Relations Office, American University of Beirut in NYC.