Associate Professor of History
Ph.D., History and Middle Eastern Studies
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Ilham Khur-Makdisi teaches courses in Middle Eastern history, World history and urban history. She is particularly interested in Mediterranean cities in the late 19th, early 20th centuries and the movements of people and ideas. Her current research focuses on the articulation and dissemination of radical ideas such as socialism and anarchism, in Eastern Mediterranean cities. Specifically, she analyzes the establishment of migrant networks of intellectuals, dramatists and workers, and their roles in the spread of radical ideas in and between Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria. She argues that the presence and activities of such (nominally ‘peripheral’) radical networks were central to the making of a globalized world and to the formulation of alternative visions of radicalism.
“A Mediterranean Jewish Quarter and its Architectural Legacy: The Giudecca of Trani, Italy (1000-1550),” co-written with Mauro Bertagnin and Susan Miller. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2003), vol. 14, No. 2.
“Projecting Beirut”: CD Rom by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, 1997 (Historical Background).
Awards and Honors
Fellowship, Working Group Modernity and Islam. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, October 2005-July 2006.
Sultanate of Oman Scholarly Paper Prize, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 2005.
Foreign Language and Area Study award (FLAS), Dissertation research, academic year 2002-2003.
Mellon Grant, Summer 1998. Ottoman Turkish, Harvard Ottoman Turkish Summer School, Cunda, Turkey.
Foreign Language and Area Study award (FLAS), Summer 1996. Intermediate Modern Turkish, Bosphorus University, Istanbul.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): “Levantine Trajectories: Radicals and Radicalism in and between Beirut, Cairo and Alexandria, 1860-1914” (April 2005).
American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE): “Levantine Trajectories: Radicals and Radicalism in and between Beirut, Cairo and Alexandria, 1860-1914” (April 2005).
Research and Scholarship Development Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2005-2006.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Summer 2001. Dissertation Research and Writing.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1999. Pre-doctoral Research Grant.
Middle Eastern Studies Association