All of the following theses are available for students to look at in the Richard Ettinghausen Library. Students may check out a thesis but must leave their ID with the librarian and return it within 2 hours.
Romaissaa Benzizoune, "Dounia is Here: A Few Short Stories of Existentialism and Diaspora"
Mehrdad Dariush, "The Carceral Terms of Sovereignty: A Reappraisal of Bryant"
Dorsa Djalilzadeh, "Indulging in the Ambiguous: Embodied and Affective Archives of Survival in the Iranian Diaspora"
Sarah Kayali, "Logics of Zakat: Trust, Mutual Aid, and Communal Interdependency in the United States"
Manal Zahid Khan, "Tripping in Karachi: Exploring the intersection of gender and its fluidity through Psychedelic Substances"
Eden Lumerman, "The Political-Economy of the Oslo Accords"
Anna Miller, "Brick by Brick: How Erdogan’s Megaprojects are Reconstructing Turkey"
Miriam Osman, "Far Afield from a Circumscribed Urban: Imperialism, Capitalism, and the Rural in the Development of Cairo, 1850-1880"
Timothy O'Shea, "Sustaining Hegemony Through Crisis: Rereading US Arms Exports to the Gulf"
Samar Al-Saleh, "Britain’s Prison Labor Camps: Imperial-Zionist Class War Against Palestinian Men (1917-1948)"
Sahar Soleimany, "Getting Iran Right: How Ideologically Driven Assessments of the Islamic Republic of Iran Have Stymied U.S. Foreign Policy"
Lucie Taylor, "Building Identity: Revivalist Architecture in Egypt and India"
Ryan Zohar, "Isrāʾīl al-thāniyah: Mizrahi Thought and the Arab World, 1948-1982"
Mariam Enany, "On Rupture and Repair: Egyptian Rap Music and State Regulation in the Age of New Media"
Eleni Zaras, "Putting Down Roots: The Suez Canal Company and Botanical Acclimatization in Nineteenth Century Egypt"
Master's Thesis Topics 2020-2021
Mohamad Badran, "Give a little; Get More State Sponsored Charity as an Apparatus Toward Political Domination and the De-Islamization of Sadaqah (An Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and Turkish AKP case study)"
Mahdi Blaine, "The Sherifian State: Colonial Endurances and Moroccan Statecraft"
Zachary Gheen, "Accountability and Identity in the Palestinian-American and Appalachian Diasporas"
Haniya Habib, "Framing Resistance: Photography and Spectatorship in Occupied Kashmir"
Murtaza Khomusi, "The Creeping Cancer: American Laws for American Courts and Muslim American Representations in State Legislatures"
Diana Kruzman, "Looking for Atlantis: The rise and rise of 'alternative history' in Egypt"
Katie Mollette, "An Uneasy Union: Personhood and Unification in the Republic of Yemen"
Shahrooz Nasir, "Money Migrations in the Hollow of Mecca"
Tehreem Nihar, "Pakistan's Economic Development Under the Tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (1999-2019)"
Rehma Saleem, "An American Muslim Discourse of an Exceptional Palestine"
Gemma Sunnergren, "Opposites Attract: Political Opposition Societies and Coalitions in Bahrain"
Fatima Tariq, "English as the New French: Nation-State Building and Language as Capital in Morocco"
Master's Thesis Topics 2019-2020
Jonathan "Jon" Ball, "If not now, when? How Judaic Studies got its start at SUNY Albany"
Corinne Curtis, "Palestine, But Make it Queer: Decolonization and Transnational Exchange in Black and Palestinian Queer Activism"
Moneeza Burney, "Mapping Creative Methodologies for Conflict Resolution Addressing Youth in Lebanon onto Pakistan"
Meryem Uzumcu, "Memoir as Resistance: Social Engineering of National Visual Culture and Kurdish-Armenian Solidarity Responses in Diyarbakir, Turkey"
Robin Noel Badone Jones, "A Role for the Left? The Historical Syrian Communist Opposition and the 2011 Revolution"
Maya Yang, "Permanent Temporariness: Foreign Voices of the Gulf"
Guy Evron Yadin, "'My Vile Cousin': The Ambivalences of Jewish-Arab Cousinhood"
Kitaneh Fitzpatrick, "Persian Pop Princess: The Significance of Popular Cultural Icon Googoosh in the Iranian Social Imaginary"
Sarah Blume, "Digital Documentation of the Syrian Conflict: Eyewitness Video as an Essential Documentary and Evidentiary Tool for Accountability"
Ahmad Sahli, "The Neo-Colonial Taste for Authenticity in Elite Food Discourses"
Lynette Hacopian, "Iraq-Jewish Oral History: A Tug of War Between Nationalist Narratives"
Mateo Nelson, "Hope from the Ruins: In Germany, a Syrian Struggle for Justice and Memory"
Sarah Mokh, "The Sacred Power of Obedience: the Ramifications of Taymiyyan Thought on Baraka"
Holly Pickett, "Sudan's Revolutionary Women: Plotting the future in a time of uncertainty"
Dounya Alami-Nassif, "The Etymology of Monstrosity: Frankenstein and the Middle East"
Hajara Massood, "Peki’in, Israel: An Exploration of Minority Communities Among Minorities in Peki’in, Israel"
Master's Thesis Topics 2018-2019
Janna Aladdin, "Arbitrating Iraq: Colonial Law and Rule in Mandate Iraq (1916-1932)"
Grace Albright, "From Tagging to tag Heuer: The Commercialization of Street Art in Beirut"
Afnan Al-Yafaey, "Am I an Authentic Khaliji: Exploring Locality in the context of GCC Museums and Cultural Institutions"
Michael Joseph Ernst, "Maryama: A Tale of Disposession at the Limit of Translation"
Courtney Graves, "Islands of Progress: Humanitarianism, Development, and The Near East Foundation"
Gordiya Khademian, "Dushanbe 2017: National Belonging through Dance"
Sarah Louden, "The Curious Relationship: An Inquiry into the Historiography of Early Black Nationalist Support for Zionism"
Alexander Lee Matika, "The Posessed Postcolonial Body: Islamic Ritual Healing in the Sudan"
Libby Perkowski, "Turkey's Gift to the World: An Analysis of Istanbul New Airport's National and Transnational Hegemonic Claims"
Brian Plungis, "My Country is not Rich": Vizualizing Iranian Modernity in New Wave Cinema"
Jessica Rohan, "As High As Hope"
Saphe Shamoun, "The (Re)turn to Yasin al-Hafiz: Alternative Futures and The Project of Critique"
Zuha Asif Siddqui, "Searching for Home: Afghan Refugees in Pakistan"
Braden Younani, "The Decisive Goal: Qatari State Investment in European Football"
Yi Zhang, "Chinese Foreign Direct Investment in Egypt: Political Implications, Media Interpretations, Economic Expansion"
Master's Thesis Topics 2017-2018
Rohan Advani, "Port Politics: A Political Economy of the Beirut Port in the Post-Civil War Period"
Orubba Almansouri, "Yemeni Weddings: Processes of Ethical Formation"
Adham Alok, "UD Aid and Syrian Nationalism: Chapter in Cold WAr History"
Annabel Bruno, "Order, Legibility, and Commissions of Inquiry in Mandate Palestine"
Miray Cakiroglu, "The Uses of Ancestors: Mobilizing the Tobm of Suleyman Shah"
Jordan Daniels, "American Cotton Manufactures and the 19th Century Indian Ocean Market "
Yasmeen Mobayed, "The State, the Media, and Moral Panic: The Criminalization of Syrian Refugees and the Securitization of Lebanon"
Fatima Mohi-Eldin, "Subverting the Self: The Formation of National Subjectivities in Turkey through Psychological and Psychiatric Discourse's Displacement of Religious Belief as Behavior"
Loubna Mrie, "From Uprising to Civil War: Narrating the Syrian Uprising fron NonViolent Revolution to a Militarized Conflict "
Saba Naseem, "Politics of Exclusion and Securitization: How the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has become a Target of Anti-Terror Legislation in Pakistan"
Isasc Oseas, "Anti-Communist Modernization and Turkey's Dependence on the West "
Alisa Joyce Rudy, "Wilayat Sina': The Two States of Sinai"
Ezel Sahinkaya, "Competitio and Contradition in Social Democracy in Turkey: An Analysis of the Republican People's Party's Approach to the Syrian Refugees"
Jessica Salley, "Back to Ayia Marina: Finding Home and Making Peace in Divided Cyprus"
Shandana Waheed, "From Present to Past, Through Cracks and Crevices, Palmpsest and ruination of architectural heritage in post-partition Pawalpindi"
Michael Wilson, "Education Under Apartheid: A comparative Study of Racism and Reactionary Mobilization in Apartheid South Africa and Palestine/Israel"