Research Fellows

Noura Al Obeidli

Feminism, Patriarchy, Media Studies, News Sociology, Gender Politics, Women Empowerment, Anthropology, Journalism, Press Freedom, Media Ethics, and Media Law

Eli Dollarhide

Research interests: Arabian archaeology; prehistoric Middle East; ancient landscapes; the origins of urbanism; cultural ecology; ceramics analysis

Jan Loop

Research interests: the intellectual, religious and cultural history of Europe and the Near East, with a special focus on Western knowledge of the Arab, Ottoman and Persian world between 1450 – 1800.

Michael Christopher Low

Research Interest: Late Ottoman Empire, Arabian Peninsula, Indian Ocean world, Environmental History, water, infrastructure, desalination technology, energy, climate change, pilgrimage and mobility, medicine and disease, international law

Caitlyn Olson

Research Interest: History of the early modern Maghrib, pre-modern Islamic education beyond the elite, Islamization, Islamic theology (kalam), historiography of Islamic theology

Ayman Shihadeh

Research interests: Intellectual history of the pre-modern Islamic world, especially the history of philosophy and theology

Leila Tayeb

Research Interest: sound and militarism, political authority in daily life, indigeneity and race in/and northern Africa, Islam and the state, state-sponsored performance, dance studies

John Zaleski

Research interests: Asceticism, Sufism, Monasticism, Syriac Christianity, Muslim-Christian Interaction, Scriptural Exegesis, Islamic Theology & Philosophy

Zimmerle, William

Research interests: Anthropology, Writing, and Ethnography; Arabian Archaeology; Museum Studies; Religion and Ritual; Semitic Languages; Cultural Heritage and Tourism Development