Max Weiss has been promoted to associate professor and granted tenure by the University. Weiss, who has a joint appointment in Near Eastern Studies and History, specializes in the social, cultural, and intellectual history of the modern Middle East. His research interests include transformations of law and society, religious culture, history of ideas, and the translation of contemporary Arabic literature into English. Weiss has written In the Shadow of Sectarianism: Law, Shiʿism and the Making of Modern Lebanon (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2010), co-edited with Michael Laffan Facing Fear: The History an Emotion in Global Perspective (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012), and translated several books, including Hassouna Mosbahi’s A Tunisian Tale (Cairo: American University in Cairo Press, 2011), Samar Yazbek’s A Woman in the Crossfire: Diaries of the Syrian Revolution (London: Haus, 2012), and Nihad Sirees, The Silence and the Roar (London: Pushkin Press, 2013). He is currently writing an interpretive history of Syria in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on questions of law and society, religion/secularism/sectarianism and the interplay of culture and ideology, under contract with Princeton University Press.