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1984-97 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY , Ph.D. Dept. of Near East Studies
1982-84 HARVARD UNIVERSITY , MA , Center for Middle East Studies
1975-79 SWARTHMORE COLLEGE , BA, Honors in European history and French

2005, FULBRIGHT SENIOR RESEARCH AWARD 12 months to carry out research in Syria and Lebanon . Granted by the Fulbright Middle East, North Africa, South Asia Research Program
2003, '02, '00 Jr. FACULTY RESEARCH GRANT, OU, research in Syria
1997 M. H. KERR DISSERTATION PRIZE, Awarded by Middle East Studies Ass. for best dissertation in the social sciences
1987-88 FULBRIGHT-HAYES, Diss. research in Washington , London , Paris & Damascus
1986-87 CASA Fellow, language study at AUC in Cairo
1985 FLAS, Intensive summer program in Turkish, Istanbul
1982-86 FLAS, Tuition and stipend at Harvard & Princeton
1983 HARVARD TRAVEL GRANT, Summer study in Syria
1981-82 FULBRIGHT SCHOLAR, Study at University of Damascus

Invited to give political analysis on the Middle East on CNN, ABC, NBC, PBS and BBC TV. Spoken in Arabic on Middle Eastern stations, including an hour-long interview on al-Jazeera channel. Spoken frequently on radio, including BBC, NPR, and others channels in Europe and North America.

WEB LOG Web newsletter on Syrian politics and history, updated daily with 2-6 page articles. Written up by The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Reason Magazine, and others. It receives 2000 visitors a day and has 300 email subscribers.

Democracy in Syria (Palgrave-McMillan, 2007)


English, French, Arabic (different accents), Turkish, Italian
Islamic Education in Syria: Undoing Secularism

Early U.S. Policy toward Palestinian Refugees: the Syria Option

Shishakli and the Druzes: Integration and Intransigence

Syria and the 1948 War in Palestine

Syria's Domestic Political Scene