Michael Peddycoart is a PhD candidate whose research examines the intellectual history of Palestinian leftist groups in the second half of the twentieth century. He served as the Middle East History and Theory Workshop Coordinator for the 2018-2019 academic year and is currently a graduate student representative on the department’s Student-Faculty Committee. Michael’s research has been supported by the Nicholson Center for British Studies. He has also received two American Councils Critical Language Scholarships in Arabic and Persian as well as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. Michael holds a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree with honors in International Relations from Stanford University.