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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
RECENTLY COMPLETED GRADUATE STUDENT DISSERTATIONS
Successful Dissertation Defenses (AY 20-21)
Alex Boodrookas, "The Voice of God: History, Technology, and Authority in Morocco’s Recitational Revival"
Jennifer Pineo-Dunn, "Polytextual (Re)writing: Diachronic Creativity, Polycultural Performance and Problematic Translation”
Maryam Rutner, “Situating a Female Mojtahed in the Pahlavi Monarchy and Islamic Republic of Iran: Nosrat Amin (1886/87-1983)"
Ian VanderMeulen, “The Making of a Migrant Working Class: Contesting Citizenship in Kuwait and the Persian Gulf, 1925-1975”
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."
RECENTLY AWARDED FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Awards and Fellowships (AY21-22)
Isaac Hand, Doctoral Fellowship, NYU Center for the Humanities, 2021-2022.
Awards and Fellowships (AY20-21)
Alex Boodrookas was awarded a 2021 Dean’s Outstanding Dissertation Award from GSAS for his dissertation, "The Making of a Migrant Working Class: Contesting Citizenship in Kuwait and the Persian Gulf, 1925-1975."
Isaac Hand: NYU Urban Doctoral Fellowship, 2020-2021. Center for the Humanities Doctoral Fellowship 2021-2022.
Hannah Scott Deuchar, NYU Paris Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Fall 2020.
Sara Dima Abi Saab, NYU's Urban Democracy Lab Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice, 2020-2021.
Maggie Sager, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) intensive Arabic program, 2020-2021.
Rosa Klein-Baer, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) intensive Arabic program, 2020-2021.
Zavier Wingham, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, 2020-2021.
Gabriel Young, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, 2020-2021
Ellis Garey, Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, 2020-2021. dissertation research Fellowships by the American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT), 2020-2021, ANAMED Fellowship, 2020-2021. Orient-Institute Beirut, 2021.
Ian VanderMeulen, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the CAS Core program, 2020-2021.
Zachary Cuyler, National Science Foundation grant to pursue his dissertation research, 2020-2021.
Awards and Fellowships (AY19-20)
Ahmet Yusuf Yuksek, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association's Annual Graduate Student Paper Prize, Fall 2019, Polonsky Internship in Digital Humanities, Summer 2020.
Arash Aziz, R. Bayly Winder Summer Language, Summer 2019, Fellowship & Global Scholars Diversity Grant, 2019. Bemis Dissertation Research Grant by the Society for the History of American Foreign Relations, Winter 2019, dissertation research grant to the University of Oklahoma's Pre-1979 Revolution Iranian Pamphlet Collection, 2020, Doctoral Fellowship by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2020-2022, NYU London GLOBAL RESEARCH INITIATIVE GRADUATE Fellow, Spring 2020.
Mohamed Abdou, NYU London Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Fall 2019.
Maggie Sager, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships, Summer 2020.
Brian Plungis, Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, Summer 2020.
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. Wallis Annenberg Research Grant from the University of Southern California's Special Collections Library, 2020, Business History Travel Grant from the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University, 2020, NYU Washington D.C. Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Fall 2019.
Alex Boodrookas, NYU Urban Doctoral Fellowship, 2019-2020.
Ada Petiwala, NYU Berlin Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Spring 2020.
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. R. Bayly Winder Summer Language Fellowship, Summer 2020, NYU Paris Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Spring 2020.
Arran Walshe, Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, 2020, NYU Athens Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Fall 2019, the NYU Shanghai Graduate Dissertation Fellows, Spring 2020.
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 Foreign Language and Area Studies (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. Carola Collier Berthelot Trust Fellowship 2019-2020, NYU London Global Research Initiative Graduate Fellow, Fall 2019.