Welcoming 16 New Affiliates

Posted on October 2nd, 2013 in Program Highlights

Please join us in welcoming sixteen new affiliates to Stanford University.

Postdoctoral Fellows:

Hajnalka Kovacs is 2013-14 Postdoctoral Fellow in Literary Cultures of Muslim South Asia at Stanford University. She holds an M.A. in Indian Studies and Iranian Studies from the Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE) (Hungary) and an M.A. in Urdu Literature from Jamia Millia Islamia (India). She received her Ph.D. in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation explores the Muhit-i A`zam, a long mystico-philosophical poem by the Indo-Persian poet `Abd al-Qadir Bedil (1644-1720). Her research interests include Sufi thought and literature, Persian and Urdu literature, Indo-Persian poetry and poetics, and literary theory. During this academic year, she will offer a graduate seminar on “Readings in Indo-Persian Literature,” and an undergraduate seminar on “Between Nostalgia and Modernity: Urdu Short Stories from India and Pakistan”.

Audrey Truschke  is 2013-15 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Religious Studies. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies from Columbia University. During the 2012-2013 academic year, she was a research fellow in History and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge (Gonville and Caius College). Her work focuses on literary and historical interactions between members of the Sanskrit and Persian traditions in Mughal India. Her research interests include Indo-Islamic cultures, Mughal history, Sanskrit and Persian literary traditions, and cross-cultural encounters.

Graduate Students:

Caroline Abadeer
 (Department of Political Science): Development, Regime Transition, Islamist movements in North Africa and the Middle East

Alex Blackman (Department of Political Science): Political Islam, Regime Transition, State-Military relations, Political Mobilization, Egypt

Madihah Akhter (Department of History): Modern South Asia, gender, decolonization, Indo-Muslim cultures

Catherine Bridges-Lyman (Department of Religious Studies): Islam in South Asia, Sufism, Bhakti, Pluralism

Lakshmi Chandrashekar (Department of Religious Studies)

Jen Corley (Department of Religious Studies): Iranian religious history and identity, Sufism, cross-cultural exchange within the Muslim world

Demetrius Loufas (Department of History): Venetians abroad, foreigners in Venice, religion in the Eastern Mediterranean

Mejgan Massoumi (Department of History): Afghanistan, Urban History, Borderlands, Postcolonialism, Nationalism

Rebecca Wall (Department of History): Colonial and post-colonial history, West Africa, Senegal, and urban history

Visiting Scholars:

Mohammed Ibrahim is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Helwan University (Cairo, Egypt). He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Relations from Helwan University. His research interests include formal modeling, statistical analysis, Egypt’s defense policies, inter-Arab relations, and nuclear issues in the Middle East. At Stanford, he will work on a research project titled “Theory of Democratic Peace: the Future of Peace Processes and Democratization in the Middle East after Arabian Revolutions”

Elizabeth Lambourn is Associate Professor in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at De Montfort University (United Kingdom). She received her Ph.D. in Islamic art and archaeology from School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. As a historian of Islamic South Asia and the Indian Ocean world, she has multiple disciplinary and theoretical interests including historical anthropology, historical archaeology, geography and visual and material culture studies. Her current research focuses on the mobility of people, things and ideas across this area in the medieval and early modern periods. She is currently completing her book, West Asia in the Indian Ocean 500-1500 CE, a study of the worlds of West Asian communities and networks in the Indian Ocean during this critical millennium.

Residential Scholars

Zahera Harb is one of the six 2013-2014 FSI-Humanities Center International Visitors and will be in residence in May 2014. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Journalism Studies from Cardiff University (United Kingdom). Currently, she is Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at City University London. As an expert on Arab media, she has published widely on journalism ethics, conflict and war reporting, political communication and representation of Muslims and Islam in western media. Her recent publications include Narrating Conflict in the Middle East: Discourse, Image and Communications Practices in Lebanon and Palestine (2013) and Channels of Resistance: Liberation Propaganda, Hezbollah and the Media (2011). Dr. Harb also has 11 years of experience as a journalist in Lebanon working for Lebanese and international media organizations.

Sener Akturk will deliver the 2013 Annual Koc Lecture and will be in residence from October 27, 2013 through November 1, 2013. He is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Koc University (Turkey). He received his M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His book, Regimes of Ethnicity and Nationhood in Germany, Russia, and Turkey, received the 2013 Joseph Rothschild Prize awarded by the Association for the Study of Nationalities and the Columbia University’s Harriman Institute to the best book in the field of ethnicity and nationalism. Among his other publications are “Persistence of the Islamic Millet as an Ottoman Legacy: Mono-Religious and Anti-Ethnic Definition of Turkish Nationhood”, “September 11, 1683: Myth of a Christian Europe and the Massacre in Norway”, and “Between Aristotle and the Welfare State: The Establishment, Enforcement, and Transformation of the Moral Economy in Karl Polanyi’s The Great Transformation” (Theoria, 2006).

Alexandre Kazerouni is one of the 2013-14 France-Stanford Center Fellows and will be in residence during the 2014 Spring Quarter. He received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Sciences Po (France). His dissertation explored the emergence of museums and a regional art market in the Persian Gulf as a way to explore interactions among ruling families, merchants, and middle classes in the region’s rentier states. During his Stanford residency, he will explore the ways which French, British, and U.S. museums, galleries, foundations, and patrons engage the Muslim world since the 1991 Gulf War.

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