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ARCE Fellowships are funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs or the National Endowment for the Humanities, unless otherwise stated.


Hannah Barker is an Assistant Professor in History at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She teaches history courses on the Crusades, Medieval Europe, Medieval Travelers, Slavery in the Premodern World, Gold and Spices: Medieval Europe and the Rise of Capitalism and a humanities core class on The Search for Values in the Light of Western History and Religion. While Barker’s tenure-track position is technically devoted to medieval Europe her ARCE Fellowship in Egypt  [2010-2011] and earlier research in Italy provided her with an opportunity to expand her professional network to include scholars working on a variety of topics and disciplines related to the Muslim world. This broadened network has led to her involvement in promoting an enhanced teaching of the Quran at Rhodes as part of their “great books” syllabus.

Louise Bertini is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, and Egyptology (Egyptology Unit) at the American University in Cairo. She teaches upper and lower level undergraduate courses in Egyptology and Egyptian Architecture as well as a graduate course on Animals in Archaeology. Her research interests include bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology and animal mummification. During her Fellowship [2009-2010], Bertini established relationships with various expeditions that she continues to work with today. In addition she collected modern zoological (bone) samples from which she assembled a comparative collection against which she can compare archaeozoological remains. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she works as a zooarchaeologist on over half-a-dozen expeditions in Egypt as well as Khirbet Iskander in Jordan, where she also serves as field supervisor.

Elizabeth Holt is an Assistant Professor of Arabic at Bard College.  She teaches Arabic literature and language; translation; literary theory; Middle Eastern studies; and world literature courses.  Holt is the Associate Editor of the Journal of Arabic Literature, which brings together scholars writing on Arabic literature throughout the world. Following her ARCE Fellowship [2011-2012] she co-organized a major conference titled, “Arabic Literature - Migration, Diaspora, Exile, Estrangement” at Columbia University [2013]. The Journal is publishing five issues dedicated to pressing questions of Arabic literature and exile. She is currently [2015-2016] a fellow of the Forum Transregionale Studien's Europe in the Middle East//the Middle East in Europe program, hosted by the Schlegel School at the Freie Universität Berlin, where she is writing a book on the cultural Cold War in Arabic.

Ahmed Fekry Ibrahim, is an Assistant Professor of Islamic Law at the Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His teaching and research interests include the formation of Islamic law, Islamic legal practice in Ottoman courts, Islamic law and human rights, Islamic law from below, and the impact of socioeconomic and cultural changes on juristic discourse and court practice. After completing his ARCE Fellowship [2009-2010] Ibrahim was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin [2011-2012] where he completed a book manuscript, published by Syracuse University Press in 2015 under the title, Pragmatism in Islamic Law: A Social and Intellectual History. Ibrahim returns to Egypt twice annually to continue his research into the social and legal history of early modern and modern Egypt.

Anne Austin has been awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities (formerly the Stanford Humanities Fellows Program). The program brings outstanding younger scholars to Stanford on two-year fellowships. Austin will conduct independent research and teach two courses. Austin will offer a course entitled, Medicine and Disease in the Ancient World, during the fall 2014 term, followed by Egyptomania! The Allure of Ancient Egypt over the Past 3500 Years during the Winter 2015 term. She received her doctorate from the University of California – Los Angeles. Her ARCE research was entitled, A Bioarchaeological and Textual Analysis of Health Care at Deir El-Medina. Her fellowship was funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2013-2014.

Carolyn M. Ramzy is an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the School for Studies in Art and Culture at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her research interests include questions of music and belonging, citizenship, and religious nationalism. She specializes in musics of the Middle East and specifically studies the performative politics of belonging among Egypt’s Coptic Christians. Ramzy teaches courses on Musics of the Middle East, Music and Religion, Music and Globalization, Introduction to Musics of Asia and Music and Conflict. She investigates the role of music in either constructing or deconstructing stereotypes and the repercussions of stereotypes. [2010-2011]

Aaron Jakes has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Middle East Studies at Georgetown University for 2014-2015. His dissertation was a study of both the political economy of the British occupation of Egypt and the role of political-economic thought in struggles over colonial rule in the decades prior to World War I. Jake’s fellowship research entitled, Fields of Finance: Egypt, Agricultural Credit, and the Age of Global Comparison, 1882-1922, was supported with funding from the U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in 2010-2011.

Alexandra Dika Seggerman is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer in Art and Middle East Studies at Smith College in Northampton, MA. She currently teaches courses on Art and Revolution in the Modern Middle East, the Age of Imperial Encounter: 19th Century Islamic Art and Globalizing Contemporary Art. Seggerman has a book project under contract titled, Reawakening Modernism: Art in Egypt 1879-1967 that incorporates and reflects much of the research material she collected as an ARCE Fellow [2011-2012].

Heather Badamo is a Harper Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago, based in the Department of the History of Art.  She recently received a CAORC Multi-Country fellowship to conduct research in the Southern Caucuses and Lebanon, with the intention of expanding her dissertation into a book. Badamo’s fellowship research was entitled, “Art Among the Byzantines and Muslims: Medieval Coptic representations of Military Saints ca 850-1300 CE.”  The U.S. State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs funded Badamo’s predoctoral fellowship in 2008-2009.

Melinda Nelson-Hurst is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. Since moving to Louisiana, Nelson-Hurst has been instrumental in founding the ARCE Louisiana Interest Group. Nelson-Hurst was awarded an ARCE fellowship funded by the Kress Foundation in 2007-2008. Her research was entitled, “Title Inheritance and Reciprocity during the Middle Kingdom: an Examination of the Textual and Art-Historical Evidence.”  

Following Nelson-Hurst’s ARCE fellowship she was honored with the following awards: Kolb Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2011-present; Kolb Junior Fellow, Louis J. Kolb Society of Fellows, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2010-2011; and the GAPSA-Provost Award for Interdisciplinary Innovation, University of Pennsylvania, 2010.

Hoda Yousef is an Assistant Professor of History at Denison University where she teaches courses on the modern Middle East and Islamic World. Her first book, Composing Egypt: Reading, Writing, and the Emergence of a Modern Nation (Stanford University Press, 2016), is based on the research she conducted as an ARCE Fellow [2007-2008]. In this work she argues that literacy and its practices fundamentally altered the social fabric of Egypt at the turn of the twentieth century. Composing Egypt illustrates how reading and writing practices became not only an object of social reform, but also a central medium for public exchange, allowing wide segments of society to engage with new ideas about nationalism, education, gender, and, ultimately, what it meant to be part of "modern Egypt."

Dina El Gabry is currently an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Helwan University.  She defended her doctoral dissertation at Johns Hopkins University in December 2010 under the supervision of Dr. Betsy Bryan. The dissertation title was “Chairs, Stools, and Footstools in the New Kingdom: Production, Typology, and Social Analysis”.  Dr. El Gabry teaches the following courses: the History of Ancient Egypt and its Archaeological Sites; Ancient Egyptian Language, a course on the Egyptian Museum; and a graduate level course on the Art of Ancient Egypt.  In addition she is working on the selection of an unpublished stela and coffin at the Egyptian Museum that she intends to publish for academic purposes. El Gabry was funded by a grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 2008-2009.



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