Students

Anthropology
Caitlyn Bolton

  • Research Interests: Zanzibar & Indian Ocean, Islamic education, Arabic language ideologies
  • Undergraduate: Bard College – Anthropology & Africana Studies, BA
  • Other: New York University – Near Eastern Studies, MA
  • Languages: Arabic, Swahili
  • Contact: cbolton@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Ola Galal

  • Research Interests: Political anthropology, social change, North Africa
  • Undergraduate: BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, American University in Cairo
  • Other: MA in Anthropology/Sociology, American University in Cairo
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French
  • Contact: ogalal@gc.cuny.edu

Nicholas Glastonbury
  • Research Interests: Nationalism, Turkey, Kurdistan, Political Ecology, Social Movements, Gender and Sexuality, Violence, Affect
  • Undergraduate: BA, New York Uniersity
  • Languages: Turkish, Kurdish, German
  • Contact: nglastonbury@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Shima Houshyar

  • Research Interests: Anthropology of Time and Space. Anthropology of Infrastructure. Semiotics. Iran.
  • Undergraduate: BA: University of Washington – Political Science and French
  • Other: MA: New York University – Near Eastern Studies
  • Languages: Persian, French, Arabic
  • Contact: shoushyar@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Omnia Khalil

  • Research Interests: Urban Anthropology – Urban poor – Self-Built housing – Slums – Violence – Neolibralism – Labor- Space – Social movements
  • Undergraduate: Bsc, Architecture Department, Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University
  • Other: MA, anthropology department, American University in Cairo
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Contact: okhalil@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Stephanie Love

  • Research Interests: Heteroglossia, education, immigration, North Africa, literature, literacy
  • Undergraduate: University of Washington
  • Other: MA in Education, University of Washington
  • Languages: Italian, French, Arabic, some Spanish and some Berber
  • Contact: slove@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Derek Ludovici

  • Research Interests: Economic Anthropology, Labor Movements, Informal Economy, Egypt
  • Undergraduate: BA in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies. Rutgers University
  • Other: MA from the American University in Cairo
  • Languages: Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Spoken Arabic
  • Contact: dludovici@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Manny Moss

  • Research Interests: Heritage, Resource Development, Turkey, Nationalism
  • Undergraduate: Anthropology – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Other: MA in Global Studies – Brandeis University, Post-baccalaureate Certificate in GIS – Penn State University
  • Contact: emoss@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Zeynep Oguz

  • Research Interests: Turkey, subjectivity, historicity, postcolonialism, state, affect
  • Undergraduate: Bogazici University (Sociology)
  • Other: Columbia University (Sociocultural Anthropology), MA
  • Languages: Turkish, English
  • Contact: zoguz@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Yasemin Ozer

  • Research Interests: Turkish-Syrian border, refugees, displacement, gender, feminist theory, rural communities, development discourse
  • Undergraduate: BA in Political Science, Vassar College
  • Other: MA in Gender and Women’s Studies in the MENA, American University in Cairo
  • Languages: Arabic, English, Turkish
  • Contact: yaseminoze@gmail.com


Claire Panetta

  • Research Interests: Urban anthropology; gentrification, historic preservation, and urban redevelopment; civil society and social movements; Egypt
  • Undergraduate: BA in Anthropology, Haverford College
  • Other: MA in Anthropology, Columbia University
  • Languages: Arabic, French
  • Contact: cpanetta@gradcenter.cuny.edu


Amir Reicher

  • Research Interests: Post-Colonial studies, Environmentalism, Middle-East, The Israeli settlers movement
  • Undergraduate: BA in History and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
  • Languages: Hebrew
  • Contact: amirreicheratir@yahoo.com


China Sajadian

  • Research Interests: The Levant, labor, critical agrarian studies, migration, political economy, gender
  • Undergraduate: BA in Government, Smith College
  • Other: MA in Anthropology, Columbia University
  • Languages: Arabic, French
  • Contact: csajadian@gmail.com


Alexandra Schindler

  • Research Interests: cultural heritage, visual art, Egypt, borders, migration, and gender
  • Undergraduate: Dartmouth College (Middle East Studies)
  • Other: American University in Cairo (MA in Gender Studies)
  • Languages: Arabic, French
  • Contact: alex.k.schindler@gmail.com


Douaa Sheet

  • Research Interests: Violence, Political Subjectivity, the Modern State, Youth
  • Undergraduate: American University of Beirut, Graphic Design
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Contact: douaa.sheet@gmail.com


Cihan Tekay

  • Research Interests: Women, gender, labor, history, social movements in Turkey and ME
  • Undergraduate: BA, Art History and Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, MA
  • Other: MA, Sociology, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Languages: Turkish, French, German
  • Contact: ctekay@gradcenter.cuny.edu



Comparative Literature
Khaled Al Hilli

  • Research Interests: Middle Eastern Political/Prison Literature, Diaspora literature
  • Undergraduate: Lebanese University, BA in English Literature, Master of Education in Teaching Second Languages
  • Contact: kal_hilli@gradcenter.cuny.edu



English
Öykü Tekten

  • Research Interests: Cultural History of Palestine, Resistance Literature, Prison Literature, Poetics, Translation, Diaspora, Literary History and Theory
  • Other: MA in English (Brooklyn, CUNY) and MA in Middle Eastern Studies (GC, CUNY)
  • Languages: Turkish, Spanish


Geography
Deen Sharp

  • Research Interests: Urbanism in the Middle East, political economy, anthropology
  • Undergraduate: B.A. from Queen Mary, University of London
  • Other: MSc from SOAS, University of London
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Contact: deensharp@gmail.com


History

Andrew Alger

  • Research Interests: Education and pedagogy, journalism, Fabianism, social work
  • Undergraduate: University of Chicago, BA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures
  • Other: University of Chicago, MA in Middle Eastern Studies and CASA, Cairo and AUC
  • Languages: Arabic, French, Persian
  • Contact: aalger@gradcenter.cuny.edu & alger.andrew.s@gmail.com

Arman Azimi

  • Research Interests: The theory and practice of empire and hegemony, constitutionalism in Iran, Orientalist discourse, sociology of power relations, ideological legitimation of power structures
  • Undergraduate: University of Connecticut: Dual B.A. History (hons) and Political Science, minors in Middle East Studies and Classics
  • Languages: Persian
  • Contact: aazimi@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Spencer Bastedo

  • Research Interests: Environmental history, labor history, political economy, violence, and political philosophy in 20th c. Lebanon and Syria
  • Undergraduate: The New School
  • Other: University of Arizona, MA, Near Eastern Studies
  • Languages: Arabic, French
  • Contact: spencer.bastedo@gmail.com & sbastedo@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Mohamad Ezzeldine

  • Research Interests: History of crime and criminology in 20th century Egypt; history of childhood; missionaries, modernity and colonialism
  • Undergraduate: B.A. in Political Science, Cairo University
  • Other: M.A. Arab Studies Georgetown University
  • Languages: Arabic, English
  • Contact: m.saied83@gmail.com

Todd Fine

  • Research Interests: Arab-American Literature, Ameen Rihani and The Book of Khalid (1911), U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East, Ethnic Politics and Immigration in New York City (Little Syria), Historical Memory and the World Trade Center attacks
  • Undergraduate: Harvard University, BA (Government)
  • Other: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University), MA (International Relations)
  • Languages: German, Portuguese, Arabic
  • Contact: tdfine@gmail.com

Hratch Kestenian

  • Research Interests: Late Ottoman history, Ottoman healthcare systems during WWI, Medical history, Social and political history of the Middle East
  • Undergraduate: History, American University of Beirut (AUB)
  • Other: MA in History, American University of Beirut (AUB)
  • Languages: Arabic, Armenian, Turkish, Ottoman Turkish ( reading and writing ), French (reading)
  • Contact: hkestenian@gradcenter.cuny.edu & hratch.ke@gmail.com

Chris J. Kirkpatrick

  • Research Interests: Modern Middle East, post-colonialism, state formation, social history, security/intelligence organizations
  • Undergraduate: US Military Academy, BS in Political Science
  • Other: MA History, University of Utah
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Contact: cj.kirkpatrick00@outlook.com

Sara Pekow
  • Research Interests: 20th Century Syria, Levant
  • Undergraduate: B.A. Bowdoin College, French and Russian
  • Other: M.A. Columbia, MELEAC
  • Languages: Arabic, French, Russian
  • Contact: sarapekow@gmail.com


Jeremy Randall

  • Research Interests: Leftist intellectual thought in the Levant, Lebanese Popular Culture, Temporalities, Sectarianism, the Lebanese Civil War, Subject formation, Affect Theory
  • Undergraduate: Colgate University, B.A. in History
  • Other: American University of Beirut, MA in History
  • Languages: Arabic, French, Spanish
  • Contact: jrandall@gradcenter.cuny.edu or jeremy.n.randall@gmail.com


Melis Sulos

  • Research Interests: 18th and 19th century Ottoman history, history of performing arts, and gender
  • Undergraduate: Bogazici University, B.A. in History
  • Other: Bogazici University, M.A. in History.
  • Languages: Turkish, French, Ottoman Turkish
  • Contact: melissulos@gmail.com


Linguistics
Daniel Barry

  • Research Interests: Historical linguistics, contact linguistics, phonology, phonemic inventories, Turkic and Iranic languages
  • Undergraduate: Brooklyn College (CUNY)
  • Other: Kurmanji Teacher for Kurdish Language Study Circle (NYC)
  • Languages: English, Turkish, Kurdish
  • Contact: dbarry@gradcenter.cuny.edu



Music
Joseph Alpar

  • Research Interests: Music and nationalism in Turkey, Middle Eastern music in the U.S., Sephardic and Ottoman classical music
  • Undergraduate: Boyer College of Music, Temple University
  • Other: Master’s in Music, Boyer College of Music, Temple University
  • Languages: Turkish Hebrew
  • Contact: jalpar@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Bradford Garvey

  • Research Interests: Omani poetry and dance and Music of Persian Gulf
  • Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Other: MA in Middle Eastern Studies, GC
  • Languages: Arabic, French
  • Contact: bgarvey@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Insia Malik

  • Research Interests: Arab Classical Music
  • Undergraduate: New York University
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Contact: insia.malik@gmail.com

George Murer

  • Research Interests: Mysticism, poetic genre, subculture, and festive, popular and ritual music in Kurdistan, Khorasan, Iran, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean Region and Berberphone North Africa
  • Undergraduate: Bard College
  • Languages: Persian, Arabic, Turkish, Indonesian, French, German, and to a lesser degree: Türkmen, Tachelhit. Swahili, Kurdish, and Balochi underway!
  • Contact: gmurer@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Sepideh M. Shafiei

  • Research Interests: Iranian Classical Music, Computational Musicology, Music Information Retrieval (MIR), Music Pattern Recognition, Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
  • Undergraduate: University of Tehran
  • Other: PhD in Mathematics, Northeastern University
  • Languages: Persian, German
  • Contact: epideh.shafiee@gmail.com

Onur Sonmez
  • Research Interests: Popular Music (in Turkey), Modernism, Sound Aesthetics, Authenticity, Music and Social Engineering, Gender in the Mediterranean
  • Undergraduate: Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir
  • Other: Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir
  • Contact: onur_sonmez@hotmail.com



Political Science
Sumru Atuk

  • Research Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Theory, LGBTQ Studies, Gender Studies, Islam, Hate Crimes, Social Movements and Pros
  • Undergraduate: Political Science (Bogazici University)
  • Languages: Turkish, English, Spanish
  • Contact: sumru.atuk@gmail.com

Jamila El-Gizuli

  • Research Interests: Persian Gulf Studies, Politics and Economic of Development, Rentier States, Merchant Class
  • Undergraduate: City College of New York, CUNY, B.A. in International Studies
  • Languages: Arabic, Russian
  • Contact: jamilaelgizuli@gmail.com

Drake Logan

  • Research Interests: The toxic impacts and industry of US-led war and militarism in the post-2001 era
  • Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville FL (Psychology)
  • Other: The New School for Social Research, New York NY (Interdisciplinary)
  • Languages: French and studying Arabic
  • Contact: dlogan@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Nick Micinski

  • Research Interests: Immigration and refugee policy, post-conflict reconciliation, human rights
  • Undergraduate: Michigan State University (International Relations & Political Theory)
  • Contact: nmicinski@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Scott Ratner

  • Research Interests: International Political Economy of energy markets in the Middle East and Southeast AsiaOrganizations
  • Undergraduate: University of Maryland (History and Political Science), MA University of Chicago (Political Science)
  • Other: University of Haifa (Peace studies)
  • Languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Farsi
  • Contact: sratner@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Dean Schafer
  • Research Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Post-Colonial Studies, Political Economy, The Kurdish Movement, Islamic Charity Organizations
  • Undergraduate: University of North Carolina, Asheville (Philosophy & Classics)
  • Other: The Graduate Center, CUNY (Middle Eastern Studies)
  • Languages: Arabic, Turkish
  • Contact: dschafer@gradcenter.cuny.edu



Sociology
Duygu Başaran Şahin

  • Research Interests: Population studies, aging, family, social policy, inequality, retirement, social interactions
  • Undergraduate: BA in Sociology, Galatasaray University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Other: MA in Health, Population and Social Policy, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France
  • Languages: Turkish, French
  • Contact: dbasaran_sahin@gradcenter.cuny.edu

Rebecca Karam
  • Research Interests: Arab Americans, Immigration, Race and Ethnicity, Middle Eastern Politics
  • Undergraduate: University of Michigan-Dearbon
  • Languages: Arabic
  • Contact: rkaram@gradcenter.cuny.edu



Urban Education
Demet Arpacık

  • Research Interests: Bilingual Education, Multicultural Education, Culture, Race, and Ethnicity
  • Undergraduate: Early Childhood Education & Psychological Counseling at Bogazici University
  • Other: Educational leadership and Administration, MED at Boston College
  • Languages: Kurdish, Turkish
  • Contact: demetarpacik@gmail.com