Core Faculty & Staff
Mohamad Bazzi is Director of the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies and an associate professor of journalism at New York University. From 2019 to 2021, he was associate director of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. From 2009 to 2013, he served as an adjunct senior fellow for Middle East studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), providing regional expertise and analysis. He was also the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Press Fellow at CFR. Before joining the NYU faculty, Bazzi was the Middle East bureau chief at Newsday from 2003 to 2008, where he established bureaus in Baghdad and Beirut. He was the lead writer on the Iraq war and its aftermath.
Jared's larger research explores issues of tourism and imaginations of place across the Middle East. Digital scholarship/methods are central to his teaching and personal work. He is very interested to push the boundaries of how we conceptualize, use, and make visual/digital materials central within our research process. He completed his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, and a secondary degree in Critical Media Practices, at Harvard University and his MA from the American University of Beirut. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar before joining NYU.
Jared is working on the book manuscript of his dissertation which joins a historical analysis of the tourism/leisure industry in Lebanon with an ethnography of queer mobility since 2004. He also has been carrying out a parallel project concerning tourism in the Arabian Gulf (Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, and Bahrain) centered on “tourism” to explore state making, affective speculation, and new ways to understand infrastructures. (www.jaredmccormick.com)
Remote Office Hours: Monday 10:00 - 11:00am (https://nyu.zoom.us/my/jaredmccormick)
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Ola Galal earned her PhD in Anthropology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. Her research focuses on feminism, human rights, and citizenship in Tunisia. She holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from the American University in Cairo. Previously, she worked as a journalist covering the Middle East and North Africa, and her writings appeared in Mada Masr, Jadaliyya, and Bloomberg Businessweek.
Andrea Brown Murga
As the Assistant Director, Andrea is responsible for overall administration at the Kevorkian Center, including programming, K-12 outreach, fiscal affairs, and management of the Center’s Title VI grants from the U.S. Department of Education.
Andrea has worked in higher education for over 16 years in various research, student affairs, and administrative capacities. Most recently, she worked at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute advising students and managing assessment and diversity initiatives. Prior to that she conducted evaluation research at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She began her career at UC Berkeley’s study abroad program.
Currently, Andrea is an Ed.D. student in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at NYU Steinhardt. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in International Education from NYU Steinhardt.
Fidele is a communications manager and program administrator at the Kevorkian Center. Prior to this role, she worked as a media specialist for the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and as a project coordinator at Hibr Lubnani, an alternative media outlet in Beirut. She completed her master’s studies in Near and Middle East Studies at SOAS, University of London, and previously graduated from Drew University with a bachelors of arts in Middle East Studies and a minor in Gender studies. At the Kevorkian Center, Fidele is the primary point of contact for graduate studies regarding any administrative, academic, or employment matters. For prospective students, she handles admissions related inquiries. She manages the Center’s social media and communication efforts. In her free time, she is a freelance micro blogger, a passionate social justice advocate and an experimental vegan.
Remote Office Hours: By Appointment.
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Tandi Budhram (Singh)
Tandi began her career at NYU in 2004 as an non-credit adviser at the School of Professional Services (SPS) Foreign Languages and Global Affairs Certification program, and she also spent a number of years coordinating SPS’s McGhee division tutoring program in math, economics, and writing. During her time at SPS-McGhee, she was also involved in the Dream Careers initiative, an NYU outreach program that offered internships, housing and courses for 1000 high school and college students in cities such as Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. She joined the Kevorkian Center in October 2015, and is the critical first point of contact in the day-to-day running of the Center, including providing significant support to Kevorkian’s active scholarly events calendar and its rigorous Master's degree program.