Near Eastern Studies

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall: Jan. 15

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • three recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • at least two years of study in one Near Eastern language
  • a writing sample of approximately 25 pages

Degrees

  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Near Eastern Studies (Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • near eastern studies

The graduate program in Near Eastern studies emphasizes the languages, literatures, history, and cultures of the Near East. It is designed to help students acquaint themselves with the fundamental elements of these cultures, and also to acquire a high degree of specialization in one or more of the following areas: ancient Near Eastern studies (including archaeology); Arabic literature; biblical studies; early Christianity; Hebrew literature; Islamic studies; Judaic studies; and the modern Middle East.

Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are expected to demonstrate mastery in the language or languages of the main texts that are directly related to the topic of their dissertations. Students are advised to determine early in their training the special field of their concentration and to consult their advisors about linguistic requirements.

Before the end of the sixth term of graduate study, each Ph.D. degree candidate must demonstrate competence in reading scholarly secondary materials in two of the following languages, chosen in consultation with their committee chair: French, German, modern Greek, modern Hebrew, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Candidates for the master's degree must demonstrate competence in one of those languages at least one term before the degree is awarded.

Application:
All applicants to the field are expected to have had at least two years of undergraduate study in one Near Eastern language or the equivalent. Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores, and a writing sample of approximately 25 pages.

Benjamin W. Anderson -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Byzantine art, architecture, and visual culture; architecture and archaeology of late antique and medieval Anatolia.
Caitlin Barrett -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: classical archaeology; egyptology
Jonathan Boyarin -- Concentrations: Research interests: Jewish ethnography, East European Jewish culture, migration, comparative diaspora, collective memory, politics of identity, textuality and orality, temporalities
Ross Brann -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Judeo-Islamic studies; Muslim Spain
M. Iftikhar Dadi -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: comparative modernities; critical and post-colonial theory; modern South Asian and Islamic Art
Ziad Fahmy -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: nationalism and state formation in the 19th- and 20th-century Middle East
Kim Haines-Eitzen -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: early Christianity and Judaism; late Antiquity
Andrew Hicks -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Musicology (medieval music theory)
Lori Khatchadourian -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: eastern mediterranean in antiquity; Achaemenid Persian empire; first millennium BC near east; archaeology of Eurasia and the South Caucasus
Sturt Manning -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: East Mediterranean prehistory; Mediterranean archaeology; archaeological theory
Mostafa Minawi -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Ottoman Empire; Modern Middle East
Lauren Monroe -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Hebrew Bible; Ancient Israel
Christopher Monroe (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: social and economic history of ancient Near East; nautical archaeology
David Owen -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Assyriology; ancient Near Eastern history and archaeology
David Patel -- Concentrations: Research interests: Islam in politics; the rise of Islam; identity and politics; political culture
David Powers -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Islamic history and law
Eric Rebillard -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: history of Late Antiquity; Augustine; Roman funerary archaeology
Cynthia Robinson -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Medieval and Islamic art and architecture
Deborah Starr -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: modern Hebrew and Arabic literature; critical theory; film
Eric Tagliacozzo -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: history of borders; smuggling; trade; diaspora in Southeast Asian history
Jonathan Tenney -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests:
Shawkat Toorawa -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Arabic literature; Islamic studies
Munther Younes (Minor Member) -- Concentrations: near eastern studies; Research interests: Arabic language and linguistics

Graduate Assessment in the Field of Near Eastern Studies

The Graduate Field of Near Eastern studies emphasizes the languages, literatures, history, cultures and societies of the Near East. It is designed to help doctoral students acquaint themselves with the fundamental elements of these cultures and societies, and also to acquire a high degree of specialization in one or more of the following areas: the ancient Near East; archaeology; Arabic literature; biblical studies; early Christianity; Hebrew literature; Islamic studies; Judaic studies; and the modern Middle East.  Candidates for the Ph.D. degree are expected to demonstrate mastery in the language or languages of the main texts that are directly related to the topic of their dissertations. 

Upon completion of the doctoral program, we expect a Near Eastern Studies Ph.D. ideally to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of their chosen area(s) of expertise.
  2. Demonstrate broad knowledge of theory and scholarship across relevant sub-fields.
  3.  Demonstrate advanced research skills.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to produce and communicate original, publishable research.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to teach effectively.