CAORC | Current and Past Fellows


NEH Senior Research Fellowship

Funding for this fellowship is generously provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities

2018-2019 Fellows


Hilary Jones

Associate Professor, Florida International University

From Senegambia to the French Antilles: West Africa and the Making of the French Atlantic World

Ageeth Sluis

Professor, Butler University

Warrior Power: Dreaming, Drugs, Death and the Search or Alternate Spirituality in Mexico during the Sixties and Seventies

Nicholas Williams

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Colorado Boulder

Losing Luekon: Collaborative Documentation of an Endangered Language on the Remote Indonesian Island of Simeulue

2017-2018 Fellows


Justin Henry

Instructor, Loyola University Chicago

Imagining History: Cultural Interface, Religious Identity, and Historiography in Premodern Sri Lanka


Allyson M. Poska

Professor, University of Mary Washington

Contested Equality: Smallpox Vaccination in the Spanish Empire (1803–1810)


Anna Stirr

Associate Professor, University of Hawaii

Performing Aspirations: Love and Revolution in Nepali Progressive Song

2016-2017 Fellows


Karen Barton

Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Africa’s Titanic: Investigating the Geographic Dimensions of the Joola Ferry and Humanitarian Crisis


Dannah Dennis

Teaching Fellow, NYU Shanghai

Bureaucratizing Equality: Nepal’s Civil Service in Transition


Courtney Work

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chiang Mai University

Climate Change and Co-management in Prey Lang: Social experiments in conflict transformation

Mellon Mediterranean Regional
Research Fellowship

Funding for this fellowship was generously provided by the

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

2016-2017 Fellows

George Bajalia

Doctoral Candidate, Columbia University

Waiting at the Border: Language, Labor, and Infrastructure in the Straits of Gibraltar

Daanish Faruqi

Doctoral Candidate, Duke University

Politicized Sainthood in Diaspora: Sufi rebels from the colonial Maghrib to the 2011 Syrian Uprising

Eliza Gettel

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University

Between Federalism and Imperialism: The koina of Roman Achaea from the 1st to 3rd century CE

Maya Maskarinec

Visiting Research Scholar, New York University

Unsafe for Saints: Critique of Rome from Late Antique Constantinople to 10th century Italy

Joel Pattison

Doctoral Candidate, University of California at Berkeley

Trade and Religious Boundaries in the Medieval Maghreb: Genoese Merchants, their Products, and Islamic Law

Jackson Perry

Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University

A New Milieu: Eucalyptus and the modern Mediterranean, 1848-1896

Michael Turner

Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas at Austin

Definiteness in the Arabic and Berber Dialects of North Africa

2015-2016 Fellows


Evan Freeman

Doctoral Candidate, Yale University

Ritual Object, Ritual Space: Art, Agency, and Performance in the Middle Byzantine Liturgy


Rebecca Gruskin

Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University

Phosphates: Local Dissidence, Global Agriculture, and Environment in Gafsa


Ian Halthaway

Doctoral Candidate, Yale University

States, Travelers, and Pirates: Early Modern Mediterranean Letters of Safe Passage and the Challenge of Controlling the Sea


Jonathan McCollum

Doctoral Candidate, University of California Los Angeles

Ottomanism at War: Citizenship, Nationalization, and Minorities in the Ottoman Empire, 1911-1912


Vish Sakthivel

Doctoral Candidate, University of Oxford

Resistance through Cooperation: Algeria's Islamist Grassroots


Nir Shafir

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Los Angeles

The Road from Damascus: Mobility, Material Culture, and the Redefinition of Islam in an Ottoman Holy Land, 1620-1720


Jennifer Thum

Doctoral Candidate, Brown University

Turning the Landscape into a Stela: The Mechanics of Egyptian Royal Rock Inscriptions

2014-2015 Fellows


Lori De Lucia

Doctoral Candidate, University of California - Los Angeles

Behind the African Saints of Sicily: Sicilian Africans and Mediterranean Slave Trades 1450-1550


Susanna Ferguson

Doctoral Candidate, Columbia University

Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Education, and Childrearing in Lebanon and Egypt, 1865-1939


Emily Holt

Postdoctoral Scholar, State University of New York at Buffalo

Connectivity in the Mediterranean Bronze Age: A Zooarchaeological Approach


Lisa Mahoney

Assistant Professor, DePaul University

The Art of Statecraft in the Latin Kingdom


Valerie McGuire

Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University

Fascism's Mediterranean Empire: Race, Citizenship and Italian Colonial Modernity, From Ottoman Collapse to the Second World War (1912-47)


Naomi Pitamber

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - Los Angeles

Conquering the Sacred East: The Orthodox, Latin, and Muslim Histories of Hagia Sophia, Panagia Atheniotissa, and the Holy Sepulchre


Cristina Stancioiu

Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary

First Impressions, Lasting Memories: Portraiture in the Eastern Mediterranean, 1290-1669

2013-2014 Fellows


Samuel England

Sahib and Sabio: Spanish Imperial Views on the Arab East


Edward Falk

Peaceful Conquest Through Education: Missionary Education in Ottoman Lebanon


Margaret Gaida

From Damascus to Rome: Astrology in Cross-Cultural Contexts, 950-1520


Paul Love

Mapping the Ibadi Archipelago: Intellectual Networks among Ibadi Muslim Communities in Medieval

North Africa (11th-16th centuries)


Ethan Morton-Jerome

Palestinian labor on West Bank settlements and Palestinian Authority efforts to create employment



Dr. Hanan Mullins

Trade and interaction between Lebanon and its neighbors in the Eastern Mediterranean based on the

Middle and Late Bronze Age Cypriot ceramic assemblages: New perspectives on isolating supra- and interregional trade patterns.


Anna Sitz

Recycling Temples: Memory and Reuse in Late Antiquity


Agnieszka Szymanska

Vehicles of Memory: Late Antique Church Decoration in Egypt, Croatia, Italy, and Greece

Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Funding for this fellowship is generously provided by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

2018-2019 Fellows

Henry Clements

Doctoral Candidate, Yale University

Documenting Community: The Süryani Christians of the Ottoman Empire

Armelle Crouzières Ingenthron

J. Harvey Watson Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Middlebury College

Mediterranean Dialogues in Catalan and French: Najat El Hachmi and Malika Mokeddem

Samaa Elimam

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University

On Site: Engineering, Empire, and the Geography of the Nile Valley

Arjun Guneratne

Professor, Macalester College

Ornithology at the Margins: The Social History of a Field Science in Sri Lanka

Nour Joudah

Doctoral Candidate, University of California Los Angeles

Mapping Decolonized Futures: Indigenous Efforts for Algeria, Palestine, and Hawaii

Caroline Kahlenberg

Doctoral Candidate, Harvard University

Hawkers and Housekeepers: Gender, Class, and Jewish-Arab Relations on Palestine’s Margins (1887-1948) 

Taylor Moore

Doctoral Candidate, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Superstitious Women: Race, Magic, and Medicine in Egypt (1875-1950)

Jeannie Sowers and Erika Weinthal

Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy, Duke University

Conflict and the Targeting of Civilian Infrastructure and Livelihoods in the Middle East 

Anna Weerasinghe

Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award Recipient

Doctoral Candidate, Johns Hopkins University

Gender, Medicine, and Law in Early Modern Portuguese India

2017-2018 Fellows

Ashley Eckhardt

Doctoral Candidate, Emory University

The Crafting of Cult Statues in the High Hellenistic Period

Rachel Kulick

Collaborating Geoarchaeologist, University of Toronto

Bronze Age Urban Environments on Crete and Cyprus: Investigating Socio-Environmental Interactions using Geoarchaeology

Laura Kunreuther 

Associate Professor, Bard College

Translating Voices, Interpreting in the Field    

Rebecca Levitan

Doctoral Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

The Pasquino Group: The Use of a Hellenistic Sculpture as a Locus for Dialog and Resistance from Ancient Greece to the Renaissance

Mali Skotheim

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Postclassical Performance: Greek Drama in the Hellenistic and Roman Era

Cristina Stancioiu

Assistant Professor, College of William and Mary

Art and Identity in Eastern Europe, 14th-17th Centuries: The Romanian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia in Context

Andrew Ward

Independent Scholar

Transculturality and Regional Adaptation: Cylinder Stamping in the Ancient Western Mediterranean

Julie Weise

Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award Recipient

Associate Professor, University of Oregon

Citizenship Displaced: Migrant Political Cultures in the Era of State Control

2016-2017 Fellows

Alexandra Dalferro

Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University

Shimmering Surfaces and Stray Threads: Weaving State Politics into Khmer Silk in Contemporary Thailand

Lori Leonard

Mary Ellen Lane Travel Award Recipient

Professor, Cornell University

Junkers: Second-hand cars and the creation of waste and value in West Africa

Royce Novak

Doctoral Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Archipelago of Extinction: Prison Islands in the Making and Unmaking of Empire

Dilshanie Perera

Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University

Barometer Falling: Anticipating Ecological Risk and Governing Disaster across Meteorological Worlds

Erin Rowe

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Black Saints in Early Modern Global Catholicism

Kimberley Thomas

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Is climate finance just?

Hugh Tuller

Doctoral Candidate, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

The Role of Forensic Science in Post-Conflict Transformation: A cross-cultural comparison of Cyprus and northern Uganda

2015-2016 Fellows


Faiz Ahmed

Assistant Professor, Brown University

Ottoman Americana: The Sublime Porte, the United States, and Transatlantic Muslims in North America, c. 1730-1923


Joel Blecher

Assistant Professor, Washington and Lee University

Profit and Prophecy: Islam and the Spice Trade from Venice to India


Celine Dauverd

Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder

Three Kings: Muslim rulers and the Pact of Peace Toward Italians, 1453-1610


Ann Gaul

Doctoral Candidate, Georgetown University

Inventing the Modern North African Kitchen: Emerging National Cuisines in Egypt and Morocco


Andrew Lebovich

Doctoral Candidate, Columbia University

The Search for the Straight Path: Islamic Reform and Regional Change in Algeria, Senegal, and Mali in the Twentieth Century


Mara Leichtman

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

Humanitarian Islam: Transnational Religion and Kuwaiti Development Projects in Africa


Benjamin Linder

Doctoral Candidate, University of Illinois at Chicago

Mobility and the Global Production of Space Between Hong Kong and Kathmandu

2014-2015 Fellows


Raja Adal

Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati 

The Age of the Typewriter: Language, Gender, Power and the Mechanization of Writing


Kristen Alff

Doctoral Candidate, Stanford University

The Business of Land: Beiruti Networks, Law, and Levantine Capitalism in the late Ottoman and Early Mandate periods: 1850-1925


Laura Fabian

Doctoral Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Nomads on the Roman Imperial Border: Circumpontic Interactions


Adam Krug

Doctoral Candidate, University of California - Santa Barbara

Indian Sources of the Great Seal: The Seven Texts on Siddhi


Jose Martinez

Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge

The Politics of Bread: Neoliberal Economic Reforms and Authoritarian Persistence in Jordan and Morocco


Heather Parker and Kyle McCarter

Visiting Scholar, Johns Hopkins University

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Palaeography of the Alphabetic Scripts of the Levant in the First Half of the First Millennium BCE


Jann Pasler

Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California - San Diego

Colonial Governance as 'heard': Forming new identities through music on French colonial radio


Matthew Reeder

Doctoral Candidate, Cornell University

The Invention of the Ethnic Kingdom in Eighteenth-Century Siam and Its Tributaries: Cambodia,Vientiane, and Chiang Mai

CAORC's Multi-Country Research Fellowship launched in 1993. This page displays the five most recent cohorts.

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