Faculty Dissertation Sponsors

The following members of the faculty are approved to serves as Sponsors (academic advisors) for doctoral dissertations in MESAAS.

Professor

Muhsin al-Musawi
Specialization
Classical and modern Arabic literature, comparative cultural studies.
Muhsin al-Musawi
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Partha Chatterjee
Specialization
Political theory, South Asian politics and history.
Partha Chatterjee
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Hamid Dabashi
Specialization
Iranian studies, medieval and modern Islam, comparative literature, world cinema, the philosophy of art.
Hamid Dabashi
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Mamadou Diouf
Specialization
Urban, political, social, and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa.
Mamadou Diouf
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Wael Hallaq
Specialization
Islamic law and Islamic intellectual history; the intellectual history of Orientalism; the development of Islamic traditions of logic, legal theory, and substantive law.
Wael Hallaq
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Sudipta Kaviraj
Specialization
Indian social and political thought in the 19th and 20th centuries; modern Indian literature and cultural production; intellectual history and South Asian politics; historical sociology of the Indian state; aspects of modern Western social theory.
Sudipta Kaviraj
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Rashid Khalidi
Specialization
Modern Middle Eastern history; the modern history of Palestine; nationalism in the Arab world; the United States and the Middle East.
Rashid Khalidi
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Mahmood Mamdani
Specialization
Politics and culture; the comparative study of colonialism since 1452; the history of civil war and genocide in Africa; the Cold War and the War on Terror; the history and theory of human rights.
Mahmood Mamdani
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Brinkley M. Messick
Specialization
The anthropology of law, legal history, written culture, and the circulation and interpretation of Islamic law.
Brinkley M. Messick
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Dan Miron
Specialization
Hebrew literature; Jewish writing and modernism; the modern Jewish literary complex.
Dan Miron
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Timothy Mitchell
Specialization
Colonialism and modernity; the material and technical politics of the Middle East; the place of economics and other expert knowledge in the government of collective life.
Timothy Mitchell
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Sheldon Pollock
Specialization
Sanskrit philology, Indian intellectual and literary history, and comparative intellectual history.
Sheldon Pollock
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Frances Pritchett
Specialization
Modern Indic languages and literature; Urdu poetry; the poetry of Mirza Asadullah Khan.
Frances Pritchett
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George Saliba
Specialization
History of Arabic and Islamic science; the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times; the transmission of astronomical and mathematical ideas from the Islamic world to Renaissance Europe.
George Saliba
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Associate Professor

Gil Anidjar
Specialization
Jews and Arabs, Political Theology, Race and Religion, Christianity, Rhetorical Exertion, Continental Philosophy
Gil Anidjar
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Joseph Massad
Specialization
Modern Arab politics and intellectual history; theories of identity and culture including theories of nationalism, sexuality, race, and religion.
Joseph Massad
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Assistant Professor

Allison Busch
Specialization
Hindi-Urdu language and literature; early modern Hindi literature and intellectual history, with a special interest in courtly India.
Allison Busch
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Nanor Kebranian
Specialization
Modern Armenian language and literature; representations of subjection, subjecthood, and subjectivity in Armenian penological narratives; the novels of Hagop Oshagan.
Nanor Kebranian
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