Graduate Program

Current Graduate Students

News & Alerts

  • Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments

Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY16-17)

  • Nadim Bawalsa, "Palestinian Migrants and the Birth of a Diaspora in Latin America, 1860-1940"
  • Ryvka Barnard, "Destination Palestine: West Bank Tourism between Politics and History"
  • Samuel Dolbee, "The Locust and the Starling: People, Insects, and Disease in the Late Ottoman Jazira and After, 1860-1940"
  • Matt Maclean, "Spatial Transformations and the Emergence of 'the National': Infrastructures and the Formation of the United Arab Emirates, 1950-1980
  • Ayelet Zoran Rosen, "Bosnia, 1463-1580: An Anatomy of Ottomanization"
  • Alex Winder, "Policing and Crime in Mandate Palestine: Indigenous Policemen, British Colonial Control, and Palestinian Society, 1920-1948"

Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY15-16)

  • Eman Morsi, "The Comedy of Revolution: Ludic Critique, Everyday Life and Narratives of the Nation-State in Egypt and Cuba (1961-1991)"
  • Ahmad Shokr, "Beyond the Fields: Cotton and the End of Empire in Egypt, 1919-1956"
  • Amir Moosavi, "Dust That Never Settled Ideology, Ambivalence and Disenchantment in Arabic and Persian Fiction of the Iran-Iraq War (1980-2003)"

Awards (AY17-18)

  • Hazem Jamjoum, CLIR Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities in Original Sources and SSRC International Research Dissertation Fellowship.
  • Antionio Musto, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program in Cairo
  • Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) program in Cairo
  • Isaac Hand, Institute of International Education Fulbright Award

Awards (AY16-17)

  • Alya El Hosseiny, New York University Abu Dhabi Institute Humanities Research Fellowship
  • Alex Winder, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
  • Suneela Mubayi, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
  • Maryam Rutner, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship
  • Ahmad Shokr, MESA's Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in Social Sciences, Honorable Mention


Director of Graduate Studies


Professor Arang Keshavarzian
Office Address: 50 Washington Square South, Room 203, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-8885
Fax: (212) 995-4689

Professor Arang Keshavarzian's general fields of research and teaching are comparative politics of the Middle East with a focus on issues related to political economy, transnationalism, and contentious politics in authoritarian contexts. Much of his research and writing focuses on modern Iran and the Persian Gulf, although he has studied, conducted research, and taught in several other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Turkey.


Contact the MEIS Administrative Coordinator Dondette Wendler or the MEIS Director of Graduate Studies with general questions.