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Ziad M. Abu-Rish
Bard College
Associate Professor
Ziad Abu-Rish is Co-Director of the MA Program in Human Rights and the Arts, and Visiting Associate Professor of Human Rights, at Bard College. He is a 2020–21 American Druze Foundation Fellow in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University. His research explores state formation, economic development, and popular mobilizations in the Middle East, with a particular focus on Lebanon and Jordan. Abu-Rish was previously Assistant Professor of History and Founding Director of the Middle East and North Africa Studies Certificate Program at Ohio University. He serves as Co-Editor of Arab Studies Journal and Jadaliyya, as well as Co-Director of the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative (MESPI) and the Lebanese Dissertation Summer Institute. He is also a Research Fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS).
Sub Areas
19th-21st Centuries
Political Economy
State Formation
Geographic Areas of Interest
Arab States
State Building
Economic Development
Social Mobilization
Arabic (native)
Ottoman (intermediate)
French (intermediate)
PhD | 2014 | History | UCLA
MA | 2009 | History | UCLA
MA | 2005 | Arab Studies | Georgetown U
BA | 2001 | History | Whitman Col
Beyond the Imperial Mantle: U.S. Foreign Policy, the Middle East, and Developmentalism Institution Building, Social Conflict, and State Formation in Lebanon: 1943-1975 Economic Regimes, Social Conflict, and State Formation in Lebanon: 1943-1958 Public Utilities, Foreign Concessions, and the Political Economy of Early Independence Lebanon Beyond the Non-State: Bureaucratic Expansion and Political Mobilizations in Early Independence Lebanon Development from Below? Competing Visions of Early Independence Lebanon Getting the Vote: Suffrage and the Women’s Movement in Post-Independence Lebanon