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