Middle East Studies at Brown University is in the midst of rapid expansion in terms of faculty, graduate students, cutting-edge research initiatives, and innovative programming. The core growth is in the Department of History, which welcomes applications from graduate students interested in deeply grounded, globally contextualized, and ethically engaged knowledge production on this pivotal region.
The specializations of our faculty cover the social, cultural, legal, and economic history of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia during the early modern and modern periods (17th-20th centuries). Their published works employ both materialist and discursive approaches to histories of capitalism and political economy; Islamic law and society; family, gender, and social transformation; empires, settler colonialism and nationalist politics; displacement and partition; constitutional movements and state formation; and the history of finance and energy during the Ottoman, Mandate, and decolonization periods. Colleagues in other departments at Brown include historians of early Islam and the Mamluk period.
As specialists in a region straddling three continents, our faculty are especially interested in how the peoples of the Middle East shaped their own histories while producing South-South and North-South connections across Africa, Asia, and Europe, as well as the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean and Atlantic worlds.