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Alumni Newsletter


Summer 2018

Program Director Nathan Brown

Message from the Director, Dr. Mona Atia - Spring 2019

Dear MES Alumni and Friends:

The Middle East Studies Program achieved several major milestones this year, including a revised curriculum for both the BA and MA programs. By incorporating more substance-based language courses into the degree program and fully integrating new offerings in the humanities from GW's growing number of Middle East faculty, students have additional opportunities to incorporate cultural and linguistic instruction into their academic plan. The MA program continues to attract highly qualified applicants from colleges and universities across the globe. Our cohorts are also diverse -- recent classes include first generation college students, international students from Europe and the Middle East, and active duty Foreign Area Officers. We welcomed 16 new MA students this academic year, and as our numbers continue to grow, we are able to expand our alumni engagement and mentoring programs, including our successful September MESP alumni networking event and a new student-initiated BA/MA mentoring program, which we hope to see grow this year. Our recent grads also continue to get exciting positions in public and private organizations, including the National Democratic Institute, Crisis Action, FHI 360, the Department of State, USAID, and elsewhere. 

Alumni Mentorship Mixer

In October, IMES hosted a networking reception to introduce alumni to current MA students interested in academic and career advice.  After brief introductions, alumni were seated at individual tables with students rotating seats every ten minutes for an evening of...

Spring 2019 Events Lineup

Looking to stay engaged with Middle East Studies? Attend one of our events! For a full list (including the time and location) visit our website:   March 4 - POMEPS book launch of Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the...

Faculty Profile: Attiya Ahmad and “Everyday Conversions”

Dr. Attiya Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs. Her research focuses on the gendered interrelation of Islamic reform movements and political economic processes spanning the Middle East and South Asia, in particular the greater...

IMES Public Outreach Program Updates

As one of the leading institutions for scholarship and teaching on the Middle East, GW has a deep commitment to promoting understanding of the region through public outreach activities and resources for K-12 educators. In the past decade, the Institute for Middle East...

Alumni Spotlight: Graham H. Cornwell, MA ’10

Graham Cornwell started his MA at the Elliott School after three years working in government affairs in the healthcare industry, looking to change fields to pursue his real passion: Middle East Studies. He arrived with one eye on future doctoral study and found...

Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Eldosoky, MA ’13

Jessica Eldosoky graduated from the Elliott School's MA in Middle East Studies program in 2013. Currently, Jessica is a Foreign Affairs Officer (FAO) at the Department of State. She works with U.S. embassies and consulates in the Middle East to develop public...