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Visiting Scholars

Ali Hamdan is in his first year as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with GW’s Mount Vernon Society of Fellows, as well as Instructor of Geography. He received his PhD in Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and his Bachelors degree from Middlebury College. Much of his effort goes toward increasing the contributions of geographers to the study of the Middle East, as well as exposing scholars of the region to research and theory from Geography relevant to the study of borders, war, and geopolitics.

Arang Keshevarzian is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University and earned his PhD from Princeton University’s Department of Politics.  He is on sabbatical for the 2019-20 academic year during which time he is working on two projects. One is an examination of the multiple ways in which the Persian Gulf has been produced as a region during the long twentieth century.  Understanding regionalization as a relational and social process allows us to adopt “the Gulf” as a lens for understanding processes ranging from imperialism to urbanism and much more. The second project is a co-edited volume titled “Global ’79: the itineraries of the Iranian Revolution.”

Scott Williamson is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University, and a Graduate Research Fellow funded by the National Science Foundation. His research addresses questions related to authoritarianism, human rights, refugees, and religious authority in the Middle East, and his work has been published or accepted by Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Middle East Law and Governance, as well as outlets like the Washington Post, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

IMES has a very small number of slots for visiting scholars with their own external funding. These are available on a rolling basis. If you wish to apply for one of these positions please send a cover letter and research statement to IMES Associate Director Shana Marshall at:

Previous IMES Post-Doctoral Fellows

Amal Sachedina, 2016-2017 (University of Michigan, Oxford University, Brown University)
Janell Rothenberg, 2015-2016 (University of California Los Angeles, Carleton College)
Aaron Jakes, 2014-2015 (New York University, The New SchoolOpens in a new window)
Kevin Jones, 2013-2014 (University of Michigan, University of GeorgiaOpens in a new window)
Sarah Parkinson, 2012-2013 (University of Chicago, University of MinnesotaOpens in a new window)
Guldem Buyuksarac, 2011-2012 (Columbia University, Istanbul UniversityOpens in a new window)

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