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Mostafa Minawi

Associate Professor of History

Mostafa Minawi is the Director of Critical Ottoman and Post-Ottoman Studies (CO+POS) and an Associate Professor of History at Cornell University. His primary research interest is Ottoman imperialism in the Sahara, the Red Sea Basin, and the Horn of Africa and the lived experience of Ottoman imperialism in the Metropole, Istanbul. He ultimately seeks to provide an understanding of different forms of imperialism in the Middle East and Northeast Africa at the turn of the 20th century.

Steering Committee

Assistant Professor, Government

Begüm Adalet is a political theorist with research and teaching interests in anti-colonial thought, transnationalism, the Cold War, development, land, and the built environment.

Professor, Architectural Theory

Esra Akcan is the Michael A. McCarthy Professor of Architectural Theory in the Department of Architecture. Her scholarly work on a geopolitically conscious global history of urbanism and architecture inspires her teaching.

Associate Professor, History of Art and Visual Studies

Benjamin Anderson studies the visual and material cultures of the eastern Mediterranean and adjacent landmasses, with a particular focus on late antique and Byzantine art and architecture. His first book, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art, addresses the reception of Greco-R

Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Studies

Seema Golestaneh studies the anthropology of Islam, contemporary Sufi and Shi'i thought in Iran, and literary cultures.

Graduate Student, Near Eastern Studies

Amr Leheta is a PhD student in Cornell University's Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Graduate Student, Architecture

Ecem Sarıçayır is pursuing a PhD in history of architecture and urban development at Cornell University.

Professor, Law

Chantal Thomas directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa at Cornell Law School.