Alumni Placement

Alumni
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Rogers Fund, 1903 (www.metmuseum.org).
2017-18
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Laith Al-Saud "Reading a Radical Thinker: A Study of Sayyid Qutb"
Orit Bashkin
Ercüment Asil " The Pursuit of the Modern Mind: Popularization of Science, the Development of the Middle Classes, and Religious Transformation in the Ottoman Empire, 1860-1880"
Holly Shissler
Lecturer, Alliance of Civilizations Institute , Ibn Haldun University
Kevin Blankinship "Thresholds of Doubt: Negotiating Authorship in the Paratexts of al-Maʿarrī"
Tahera Qutbuddin
Instructor (Lecturer), World Languages and Cultures, University of Utah
Mary Buck "The Amorite Dynasty of Ugarit: The Historical Origins of the Bronze Age Polity of Ugarit Based upon Linguistic, Literary, and Archaeological Evidence"
Dennis Pardee
Data Protection, McKinsey & Company
Madeleine Elfenbein "No Empire for Old Men: The Young Ottomans and the World, 1856-1878"
Holly Shissler
Early Career Fellow , Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study
Annie Greene "Provincial, Not Peripheral: Ottoman-Iraqi Intellectuals and Cultural Networks, 1863-1914"
Orit Bashkin
Fellow, The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania
Soloman Hassan " By the Moon: The Calendar in Imāmī Law"
Ahmed El Shamsy
Brittany Hayden " Price Formation and Fluctuation in Ptolemaic Egypt"
Brian Muhs
Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
Tytus Mikolajczak "The Accounting Texts and Seals in the Persepolis Fortification Archive"
Matthew Stolper
Assistant Professor, History, Adam Mickiewicz University
Jessica Mutter "By the Book: Conversion and Religious Identity in Early Islamic Bilād al-Shām and al-Jazīra"
Fred Donner
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Religion, Bowdoin College
Julio Rivera " Syria at the United Nations, 1945-1955: The Struggle for Sovereignty and Territorial Claims in Palestine"
Orit Bashkin
Carl Shook "The Origins and Development of Iraq’s National Boundaries, 1918-1932: Policing and Political Geography in the Iraq-Nejd and Iraq-Syria Borderlands"
Orit Bashkin
Stephen Sumner "The Curses in the Psalms and Levantine Inscriptions"
Dennis Pardee
Professor of Old Testament Mission, Missional University
Jonathan Winnerman " Rethinking the Royal Ka"
Robert Ritner
Lecturer in Egyptology, UCLA
2016-17
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Natasha Ayers "Cultural Change in Upper Egypt from the late Middle Kingdom through the Second Intermediate Period: A New Analysis of the Ceramic Material"
Nadine Moeller
Lecturer in Egyptian Archaeology for Adult Education Courses , Oriental Institute
Harry Bastermajian "Emergence of the Global Armenian in Nineteenth-Century Istanbul: Eastern and Western Perspectives"
Orit Bashkin
Executive Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program, Harvard University
James Burgin "Aspects of Religious Administration in the Late New Hittite Kingdom"
Theo van den Hout
Postdoctoral Fellow, Universität Würzburg
Megan Clark "Kurdish Linguistic Disobedience in Turkey"
Holly Shissler
Suleyman Dost "An Arabian Qur’ān: Towards a Theory of Peninsular Origins"
Fred Donner
Assistant Professor of Classical Islam in the Department of Near East and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University
Michael Fisher "The Late Chalcolithic 1 Period in Northern Mesopotamia: Tell Zeidan, Syria, in Regional Context"
Gil Stein
Emin Lelic "Ottoman Physiognomy (ʿilm-i firâset): A Window into the Soul of an Empire"
Cornell Fleischer
Assistant Professor of History, Salisbury University
Megaera Lorenz "The Role of Male Royal Offspring in 18th Dynasty Egypt"
Janet Johnson
Austin O'Malley "Poetry and Pedagogy: The Homiletic Verse of Farid al-Din ʿAṭṭâr"
Franklin Lewis
Roshan Institute Assistant Professor in Persian and Iranian Studies, University of Arizona
William Pickut "Literary Genres in Poetic Texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls"
Norman Golb
Lindsey Weglarz "Continuity and Change: A Reevaluation of Cultural Identity and "Egyptianization" in Lower Nubia during the New Kingdom "
Nadine Moeller
Program Coordinator, Graduate Enrollment Initiatives, University of Chicago
2015-16
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Mehmetcan Akpinar "Narrative Representations of Abū Bakr (d. 634) in the 2nd/8th Century"
Wadad Kadi
Research and Teaching Associate, Department of Oriental and Islamic Studies, University of Tübingen
Solange Ashby Bumbaugh "Calling Out to Isis: the Enduring Nubian Presence at Philae"
Janet Johnson
Adjunct Professor, American University
Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer "The Exploitation of Avian Resources in Ancient Egypt: A Socio-Economic Study"
Janet Johnson
Kathryn Bandy "Town and District: Local and Regional Administration during the Second Intermediate Period"
Robert Ritner
Yasar Tolga Cora "Transforming Erzurum/Karin: The Social and Economic History of A Multi-Ethnic Ottoman City in The Nineteenth Century"
Holly Shissler
Manoogian Post-doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan
Ferenc Csirkes "Chaghatay Oration, Ottoman Eloquence, Qizilbash Rhetoric: Turkic Literature in Ṣafavid Persia"
Cornell Fleischer
Assistant Professor of History, Sabanci University, Turkey
Paul Gauthier "Temple and State in Middle Assyrian Bureaucracy"
Walter Farber
Software Developer, McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Pascal Held "The Hanbali School and Mysticism in Sixth/Twelfth Century Baghdad"
Ahmed El Shamsy
Assistant Professor, Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations, The American University in Cairo
Eric Jobe "Innovation in Post-Biblical Hebrew Poetry: A Stylistic Analysis of Qumran, Hekhalot, and Payyetanic Poetry"
Norman Golb
Instructor of Bible and Biblical Languages, St. Macrina Orthodox Institute
Joshua Mabra "The Almost Caliph: Reconstructing the Political Life of ‘Abd al-‘Azīz ibn Marwān (D. 86/705)"
Fred Donner
Assistant Professor of Arabic, Department of Modern Languages, Wright State University
Elise MacArthur "Negotiating Identity in Middle Kingdom Egypt"
Nadine Moeller
Senior Project Manager, GLTaC, Inc.
Hannah Marcuson "The Hittite Munus ŠU.GI, or “Old Woman”"
Theo van den Hout
Nathaniel Miller "Tribal Poetics in Early Arabic Poetry: The Case of Ashʿār Banī Hudhayl"
Tahera Qutbuddin,
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge
Ahmet Tunç Sen "Astrology in the Service of the Empire: Knowledge, Prognostication, and Politics at the Ottoman Court, 1450s––1550s"
Cornell Fleischer
Columbia University, Assistant Professor of Ottoman History, History Department
Oya Topcuoglu "Emblems of Power: Ideology and Identity in Late Old Assyrian Glyptic"
McGuire Gibson
Lecturer, Middle East and North African Studies Program, Northwestern University
Monique Vincent "Households, Communities, and Dimensions of Social Identity in the Early Iron Age at Tall al-‘Umayri"
David Schloen
Publications Manager, Center for Near Eastern Archaeology, La Sierra University
Liran Yadgar "'All the Kings of Arabia are Seeking Your Counsel and Advice': Intellectual and Cultural Exchange between Jews and Muslims in the Later Middle Islamic Period"
Franklin Lewis
Viterbi Visiting Professor, Jewish Studies/NELC, UCLA
2014-15
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Rodrigo Adem "The Sources for an Intellectual Biography of Ibn Taymīya"
Ahmed El Shamsy
College Fellow, Department of History, Harvard University
Sabahat Adil "An Itinerant Scholar: The Life, Work, and World of al-Maqqarī (d. 1631/2 CE)"
Ahmed El Shamsy
Assistant Professor of Arabic, Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Colorado-Boulder
Muhammet Atcil "State and Government in the Mid-Sixteenth Century Ottoman Empire: The Grand Vizierates of Rustem Pasha (1544-1561)"
Cornell Fleischer
Drayton Benner "The Sounds of the Psalter"
Dennis Pardee
President, Miklal Software Solutions
Cameron Cross "The Poetics of Romantic Love in Vis & Rāmin"
Franklin Lewis
Assistant Professor of Iranian Studies, University of Michigan
Cihangir Gundogdu "Are There No Asylums? The Ottoman State and the Insane, 1856-1908"
Holly Shissler
Lecturer, History, Bilgi University (Istanbul)
Edmund Hayes "The Envoys of the Hidden imam: Religious Institutions and the Politics of the Twelver Occultation Doctrine"
Franklin Lewis
Postdoctoral Researcher, Leiden University Institute for Area Studies
Michael Jennings "Beyond the Walls of Jericho: Khirbet al-Mafjar and the Signature Landscapes of the Jericho Plain"
Donald Whitcomb & Fred Donner
Director of Field Data, Center for Digital Archaeology
Christopher Markiewicz "The Crisis of Rule in Late Medieval Islam: A Study of Idris Bidlisi (1457-1520) and Governance at the Turn of the Sixteenth Century"
Cornell Fleischer
Lecturer in Ottoman and Islamic History, University of Birmingham
Nathan Mastnjak "The Prophet Who Was before Me: Allusions to Deuteronomy in the Book of Jeremiah"
Dennis Pardee
Visiting Lecturer in Biblical Hebrew, Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University-Bloomington
Matthew McAffee "Life and Mortality in Ugaritic: A Lexical, Literary, and Comparative Analysis"
Dennis Pardee
Professor of Bible and Biblical Languages, Welch College
Tate Paulette "Grain storage and the moral economy in Mesopotamia (3000–2000 BC)"
McGuire Gibson
Assistant Professor, Department of History, North Carolina State University
Susan Penacho "Deciphering Sealing Practices at Uronarti and Askut: A Spatial Analysis of the Built Environment and Individual Sealers"
Nadine Moeller
Project Manager, ASOR CHI Geospatial Initiatives
Stephanie Selover "Excavating War: The Archaeology of Warfare in Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age Anantolia And the Effects of War on the Rise of Complex Societies"
Gil Stein
Assistant Professor, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Washington
Esra Tasdelen "Nationalism in Serial Fiction: The Cases of Ahmet Hikmet Müftüoğlu and Jurjī Zaydān"
Holly Shissler
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, North Central College
Jacqueline Vayntrub "Proverbs and the Limits of Poetry"
Dennis Pardee
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible, Yale Divinity School, Yale University
G. Yazicioglu "People of Kanesh: Residential Mobility, Community Life, and Cultural Pluralism in a Bronze Age City in Anatolia, Turkey"
Aslihan Yener
2013-14
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Brad Bowman "The Status of Christian Monasteries in the Early Islamic Period"
Fred Donner
Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Louisville
Samuel Boyd "Contact and Context: Studies in Language Contact and Literary Strata in the Hebrew Bible"
Dennis Pardee
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Jewish Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder
David Calabro "Ritual Gestures of Lifting, Extending, and Clasping the Hand(s) in Northwest Semitic Literature and Iconography"
Dennis Pardee
Associate Editor for Middle Eastern Texts Initiative, Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship
Garrett Davidson "Carrying on the Tradition: An Intellectual and Social History of Post-Canonical Sunni Hadith Transmission"
Ahmed El Shamsy
Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, College of Charleston
Virginia Emery "The House of Rejoicing: Malqata as the Festival Palace of Amenhotep III"
Janet Johnson
Humphrey Hardy "Diachronic Development in Biblical Hebrew Prepositions: A Case Study in Grammaticalization"
Dennis Pardee
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages
Kaveh Hemmat "Through the Eyes of Others: Trade Diasporas and Early Modern Geographical Knowledge"
John Woods
Lecturer, Department of Liberal Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Daniel Mahoney "The Political Landscape of the Dhamar Plain in the Central Highlands of Yemen during the Late Medieval and Early Ottoman Periods"
McGuire Gibson
Postdoctoral Researcher, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Social Anthropology
Amin Sadr "Love, Death, and Submission: The Role of the Reader in Rumi's Masnavi "
Franklin Lewis
Feryal Salem "'Abd Allah b. al-Mubarak Between Hadith, Jihad, and Zuhd: An Expression of Early Sunni Identity in the Formative Period"
Fred Donner
Assistant Professor of Islamic Scriptures & Law, Hartford Seminary
Foy Scalf "Passports to Eternity: Formulaic Demotic Funerary Texts and the Final Phase of Egyptian Funerary Literature in Roman Egypt"
Robert Ritner
Head of Research Archives, The Oriental Institute
Randy Shonkwiler "The Behdetite: A Study of Horus the Behdetite from the Old Kingdom to the Conquest of Alexander"
Peter Dorman
2012-13
Name Dissertation Title / Advisor Job Placement
Lyall Armstrong "The Qussas of the Umayyad Caliphate: Religious and Political Discourse in Early Islam"
Wadad Kadi
Assistant Professor of Islamic History, American University of Beirut
Kamal Badreshany "The Social and Economic Impact of Urbanization in the Lebanon: Changes in Settlement Patterns and Craft Production from the Proto-Urban (Chacolithic/EB1) Period to the First Urban Period (EB II-III)"
David Schloen
Director of the Durham Archaeomaterials Research Centre, Durham University
Aaron Butts "Language Maintenance, Lexical Borrowing, and Grammatical Replication: The Case of Greek and Syriac "
Rebecca Hasselbach
Assistant Professor of Semitic Languages and Literatures, Catholic University of America
Kathryn Grossman "Early Bronze Age Hamoukar, Syria: A Settlement Biography"
Gil Stein
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University
Hani Khafipour "Funding State Religion: The Dissemination of Shi'i Education through Safavid Pious Endowment"
John Woods
Lecturer, College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California
Eve Krakowski "Female Adolescence in the Cairo Geniza Documents "
Norman Golb
Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies, Princeton University
Rana Mikati "The Creation of Early Islamic Beirut: The Sea, Scholars, Jihad and the Sacred"
Fred Donner
Assistant Professor of History, College of Charleston
James Tallon "The Failure of Ottomanism: The Albanian Rebellions of 1909-1912"
Holly Shissler
Associate Professor of History, Lewis University
Benjamin Thomas "Divinity, Prophecy, and the Remembrance of Things Past: Prophetic Historical Writing in the Books of Kings and the Theory of the Deuteronomistic History"
Dennis Pardee
Tanya Treptow "Archaeology and the Construction of Islamic Heritage in Egypt"
Donald Whitcomb & Fred Donner
Associate , Slover Linett Audience Research Inc.
Joseph Yackley "Bankrupt: Financial Diplomacy in the Late Nineteenth-Century Middle East"
Holly Shissler
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State