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Melanie Tanielian
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Assistant Professor
Melanie S. Tanielian is assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Prof. Beshara Doumani. Her dissertation, "The War of Famine: Everyday Life in Wartime Beirut and Mount Lebanon (1914-1918)", is a socio-economic study of daily life at the Lebanese homefront during the First World War, seen through the lens of famine, family, disease and medicine, as well as local, state, and international humanitarian relief. It receive the Syrian Studies Association Best Dissertation Award in 2012. Her research and teaching interests include the social and cultural history of WWI in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies and their work in times of conflict, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, the history Childhood and Youth. Her research has been supported by the Allan Sharlin Memorial Grant for Dissertation Research, the DAAD Graduate Fellowship, and the Sultan Fellowship from the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Sub Areas
Armenian Studies
Arab Studies
Diaspora/Refugee Studies
Human Rights
Middle East/Near East Studies
Geographic Areas of Interest
All Middle East
20th Lebanon/Beirut; WWI And Its Commemoration
Arabic (advanced)
Armenian (elementary)
French (intermediate)
German (advanced)
PhD | 2012 | History | University of California, Berkeley
MA | 2007 | History | UC Berkeley
BA | 2004 | ME Stds | UC Berkeley
City of Orphans: Making of a Middle Class ‘Do Mothers and Fathers Devour their Children?’: Death and Survival of the Family During the Lebanese Famine (1914-1918) Feeding the City: The Beirut Municipality and the Provisioning of Civilians during WWI Nourishing Bodies and Souls: The Maronite Church’s Relief Effort in Mount Lebanon during the Great War Famine and Starvation Crimes: Humanitarian Management of Colonial Settler Regimes Past and Present