Matthew Ellis

Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs & Middle Eastern Studies

BA, Williams College. MPhil, University of Oxford. MA, PhD, Princeton University. Specializes in the social and intellectual history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on the relationship between place, ideology, and identity in Egypt and the late-Ottoman Empire. His dissertation, “Between Empire and Nation: The Emergence of Egypt’s Libyan Borderland, 1841-1911,” examines broader questions concerning the nature of Middle Eastern state-building projects, borders and nation-state space, and sovereignty and political authority. Articles published in History Compass and Dictionary of African Biography. Dissertation research was supported by grants from the Social Science Research Council and the American Research Center in Egypt. Recipient of a Fulbright-IIE grant to Egypt. Member of the American Historical Association and the Middle East Studies Association of North America. SLC, 2012–

Courses taught in History

Courses from previous years

  • First-Year Studies: Place, Landscape, and Identity in the Middle East
  • Popular Culture in the Modern Middle East
  • Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • Cities of the Middle East
  • History and the ‘Arab Spring’
  • The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

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