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Alexandra Seggerman

Alexandra Dika Seggerman has been awarded a two-year postdoctoral research fellowship at Smith College. As a Five College Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Islamic Art, Seggerman will conduct independent research and teach one course annually at both Smith and Hampshire Colleges. Her ARCE fellowship research was titled, “Revolution and Renaissance in Modern Egyptian Art, 1880-1960”  and was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2011-2012. She received her doctorate in the History of Art from Yale University.

Heather Badamo

Heather Badamo is a Harper Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, based in the Department of the History of Art.  She recently received a CAORC Multi-Country fellowship to conduct research in the Southern Caucuses and Lebanon, with the intention of expanding her dissertation into a book. Badamo’s fellowship research was entitled, “Art Among the Byzantines and Muslims: Medieval Coptic representations of Military Saints ca 850-1300 CE.”  The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funded Badamo’s predoctoral fellowship in 2008-2009.

Melinda Nelson-Hurst

Melinda Nelson-Hurst is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Since moving to Louisiana, Nelson-Hurst has been instrumental in founding the ARCE Louisiana Interest Group. Nelson-Hurst was awarded an ARCE fellowship funded by the Kress Foundation in 2007-2008. Her research was entitled, “Title Inheritance and Reciprocity during the Middle Kingdom: an Examination of the Textual and Art-Historical Evidence.”  

Following Nelson-Hurst’s ARCE fellowship she was honored with the following awards: Kolb Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011-present; Kolb Junior Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2010-2011; and the GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Hoda A. Yousef

Hoda A. Yousef is currently an Assistant Professor at Franklin & Marshall College. Yousef teaches courses in the History of the Islamic World, the Modern Middle East and Gender and the Nation in the Modern Middle East. Yousef’s predoctoral fellowship was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2007-2008. Her research was entitled, “Literacy in the Public Sphere in Egypt at the turn of the 20th Century.”

Dina El Gabry is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University.  She defended her doctoral dissertation at Johns Hopkins University in December 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Betsy Bryan. The dissertation title was “Chairs, Stools, and Footstools in the New Kingdom: Production, Typology, and Social Analysis”.  Dr. El Gabry teaches the following courses: the History of Ancient Egypt and its Archaeological Sites; Ancient Egyptian Language, a course on the Egyptian Museum; and a graduate level course on the Art of Ancient Egypt.  In addition she is working on the selection of an unpublished stela and coffin at the Egyptian Museum that she intends to publish for academic purposes. El Gabry was funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 2008-2009.

Matthew Ellis, ARCE fellow in 2009-2010, defended

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Matthew Ellis

his dissertation entitled,  "Between Empire and Nation: The Emergence of Egypt's Libyan Borderland, 1841-1911" in August 2012.  He begins teaching modern Middle Eastern history and politics at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY in September 2012 as the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs. Ellis was funded by a grant from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State.

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Daniel Gilman

Daniel Gilman is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at DePaul University in Greencastle, IN. He  teaches Human Origins, Anthropology of the Middle East and North Africa, and Anthropology of Popular Music. Gilman’s research title, "Cairo Melodies, Beirut Tunes: Lebanese Pop Singers and the Egyptian Music Industry" was modified following the January 25 Revolution to reflect what was happening in the pop music scene locally. His final report was titled "The Pop Music Industry in Revolutionary Cairo."  Gilman's fellowship was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2010-2011.

Nasser Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor

Nasser Rabat

Nasser Rabbat

and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at MIT.  He recently published "Al-Mudun al-Mayyita: Durus min Madhih wa-Ru’an li-Mustaqbaliha (The Dead Cities: Lessons from its History and Views on its Future)" (Damascus, 2010); "Mamluk History Through Architecture: Building, Culture, and Politics in Mamluk Egypt and Syria (London, 2010)", which won the British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies, 2011; and an edited book, "The Courtyard House between Cultural Reference and Universal Relevance" (London, 2010). Among his recent articles on the Arab Spring are: "Circling the Square: Architecture and Revolution in Cairo," Artforum (April 2011); “The Arab Revolution Takes Back the Public Space,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 2012); and in Arabic: “Our Revolutions Between Freedom and Identity,” Kalamon (Spring 2012).  A forthcoming book, "L'art Islamique à la recherche d'une méthode historique" will be published this year by the Institut Français d'Archéologie Orientale (IFAO), the French Institute of Eastern Archaeology in Cairo. Rabbat was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2007-2008.

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Joshua Trampier

Joshua Trampier recently accepted a position as a Visiting Scientist in Human Geography with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).  He completed his doctorate in Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Chicago in August 2010 and has submitted his dissertation, "The Dynamic Western Landscape of the Western Nile Delta from the New Kingdom to Late Roman Periods" for publication consideration. Between 2010 and the present, he worked as a Project Director for Statistical Research, Inc., directing cultural resource management projects in California. He is also an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) National Lecturer program and has been speaking on satellite remote sensing in archaeology since 2010. Trampier was funded by a grant from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State in 2007-2008.

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