Please note that neither the doctoral program of the Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies nor the joint Ph.D. program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies will be accepting admissions applications for fall 2021. We will instead devote our resources to supporting our current doctoral students whose academic progress and research have been impeded by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help mitigate the adverse consequences of the ongoing crisis, we will be providing them with additional financial support as well as the most robust training and mentoring possible.
Our decision not to admit a new cohort of doctoral students for fall 2021 was not an easy one, but we felt that we had to give priority to the needs of our current students. However, we very much look forward to opening admissions for these two doctoral programs for fall 2022. The application for fall 2022 admissions will be available in September 2021. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
Current Graduate Students
News & Alerts
- MEIS’s fall 2020 graduate courses are designated as either “remote” (fully online), “blended” (a combination of remote and in-person instruction) or (for one course) in-person. All graduate courses will be accessible remotely.
Please note that “Problems and Methods in Middle East Studies,” required of all incoming MEIS and joint History/MEIS PhD students (as well as of PNES MA students) will be taught remotely. The History Department’s course “Approaches to Historical Research and Writing,” required of incoming joint History/MEIS PhD program students, will also be taught remotely.
Recent Graduate Student Accomplishments
Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY19-20)
Shimrit Lee, "Commodified (In)Security: Visual Violence in Israel, The United States, and Beyond."
Jennifer Varela, "Contact, Coexistence, Conversion: Humanitarian Representations of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict."
Ilker Hepkaner, "The Formation of Turkish Jewish Heritage in Turkey and Israel (1948-2018)."
Ehsan Siahpoush, "Narratives of the Everday Life in Modern Iran: Politics of LIterary Imaginations."
Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY18-19)
Dena Al-Adeeb, "The Architecture of War: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq and Its Cultural Engineering Project."
Sheida Dayani, "Juggling Revolutionaries: A Theatrical History of Indigenous Theatre and Early Playwriting in Iran."
Arash Aziz, R. Bayly Winder Summer Language, Summer 2019, Fellowship & Global Scholars Diversity Grant, 2019.
Robert Bell, Roosevelt Institute Research Grant Fellowship, Samuel Flagg Bemis Dissertation Research Grant, Archie Davis Fellowship (The North Carolinian Society), The Rockefeller Archives Research Stipend, Eisenhower Research Travel Grant, Mark C. Stevens Fellowship and the Bordin/Gillette Fellowship, John K. Hulston Scholarship, Summer 2020. Provost's Global Research Initiative Fellowship (DC), 2019. Robert L. Platzman Memorial Fellowship, 2019.
Alex Boodrookas, NYU Urban Doctoral Fellowship, 2019.
Ian VanderMeulen, GSAS Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, NYU, 2019-20.
Zachary Cuyler, US Research Fellowship, Palestinian American Research Center (PARC), 2019-2020. Chateaubriand Fellowship Program (2019-2020).
Aviv Deri, Posen Society Fellow, 2019-2020.
Olga Verlato, GSAS Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship, Summer 2019.
Gabriel Young, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) intensive Arabic program, 2019-20. GSAS Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship, Summer 2019.
Rosa Baer-Klein, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) intensive Arabic program, 2019-20
Bita Mousavi, Summer FLAS (Turkey), Summer 2019.
Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, Provost's Global Research Initiative Fellowship (Berlin), Summer 2019.
Hannah Scott Deuchar, Owen Aldridge Prize for Best Essay in Comparative Literature.
Maysam Taher, Doctoral Fellowship, NYU Center for the Humanities, 2019-2020.
Zavier Wingham, R. Bayly Winder Summer Language, Summer 2019.
Rustin Zarkar, NYUAD Dissertation Writing Fellowship, 2018-2019. Provost's Global Research Initiative Fellowship (DC), 2019-2020. Public Humanities Fellowship, NYU CHHNY, 2019-2020. C.C. Bethelot Fellowship, 2019-2020.
Dena Al-Adeeb, NYU Global Research Initiative, NYU-London, Summer 2018.
Zachary Cuyler, GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowships, Summer 2018
Aviv Derri, Posen Society of Fellows, 2018-2020.
Ellis Garey, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) intensive Arabic program, 2018-9
Brittany Haynes, Fulbright Fellowship, Turkey. 2018-19.
Ilker Hepkanar, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship, 2018-9.
Shimrit Lee, Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities, NYU, 2018-9.
Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, NYU Global Research Initiative, NYU-Berlin, Fall 2018. C.C. Berthelot Fellowship, 2019-2020
Hannah Scott Deuchar. R. Bayley Winder Summer Language Fellowship, Summer 2018.
Hannah Scott Deuchar, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship, 2018-9.
Maysam Taher, Robert Holmes Travel/Research Award for African Scholarship, Summer 2018.
Maysam Taher, NYU Global Research Initiative, NYU-Florence, Fall 2018.
Jennifer Varela, Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship, 2018-9.
Olga Verlato, R. Bayley Winder Summer Language Fellowship, Summer 2018.
Zavier Wingham, American Research Institute in Turkey Fellowship, Summer 2018
Rustin Zarkar, NYU-Abu Dhabi Dissertation Writing Fellowship