Kitlas Defends Dissertation
Dec. 19, 2020
Peter F. Kitlas successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at his Final Public Oral Examination held Friday morning, December 18, 2020.
Gribetz, Rustow Awarded NEH Grants
Dec. 17, 2020

Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies and the Program in Judaic Studies and Jonathan Dickinson Bicentennial Preceptor Jonathan Gribetz has received a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship for his project “Reading Herzl in Beirut: The PLO’s Research on Judaism and Israel Project Description.” He will…

New Publication by Philip Zakevich
Dec. 15, 2020


Lecturer in Hebrew Philip Zhakevich’s new book, Scribal Tools in Ancient Israel: A Study of Biblical Hebrew Terms for Writing Materials and Implements, has been published by Eisenbrauns, an imprint of Pennsylvania University Press. “In this book, Zhakevich examines the technology of writing as it…

Ottomanist Metin Kunt Dies at 78
Dec. 9, 2020

İ. Metin Kunt, an alumnus of the Department of Near Eastern Studies, passed away on December 3, 2020. Kunt, who specialized in Ottoman History, taught at a number of institutions, including Sabancı University, Boğaziçi University, and Cambridge University. He completed his dissertation, “The Köprülü Years, 1656–1661,”  under the direction of…

Zhakevich Awarded 2020 Dever Archaeological Fellowship
Dec. 7, 2020

Lecturer in Hebrew Philip Zhakevich was awarded the 2020 William G. Dever Archaeological Fellowship for Biblical Scholars. The Fellowship, established in 2015, provides $7,000 to a qualified American or American-based Ph.D. candidate or non-tenured faculty member in the field of biblical studies “to be used to cover transportation; one month on…

Cook Elected to Academia Europaea
Nov. 30, 2020
Michael A. Cook, Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies, has been elected to Academia Europaea as a Foreign Member.
Tezcan (Ph.D. 2001) President-elect of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association
Nov. 9, 2020

Baki Tezcan, who earned his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies in 2001, is President-elect of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association (OTSA). Tezcan, who is Professor of History and of Middle East/South Asian Studies at UC Davis, will succeed another Near Eastern Studies Ph.D., Amy Singer (1989, Professor of Middle…

Oualdi’s A Slave Between Empires Earns Nikki Keddie Book Award Honorable Mention
Oct. 15, 2020

A Slave Between Empires: A Transimperial History of North Africa (Columbia University Press, 2020) by M’hamed Oualdi, a former member of the Near Eastern Studies faculty, was…

Cook Receives 2020 MEM Lifetime Achievement Award
Sept. 28, 2020
Class of 1943 University Professor of Near Eastern Studies Michael A. Cook has been awarded the 2020 Middle East Medievalists Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of long and distinguished contributions to the fields of Islamic and Middle East Studies and to the promotion of the profession at large.
Haeley Ahn ’21 elected to Phi Beta Kappa
Sept. 21, 2020

NES concentrator Haeley Ahn ’21 has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa. “The Phi Beta Kappa Society [was] founded in 1776 and [is] the oldest of all national honorary scholastic societies…. Election to [the Princeton] chapter is based on scholastic standing and is open to candidates for the A.B. and B.S.E. degrees in their senior year…