Awards and Distinctions

2876425031_11490dd065_bA full list may be found on my CV.

My doctoral work was largely funded through the University of Texas at Austin’s Staff Educational Benefit, since for the first six years of my program I was also a full-time employee at the university. I have benefited from travel and research grants from both the Department of History and the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas.

I was a finalist for a Fulbright research grant for Egypt for the 2016-2017 year when the program was cancelled due to security concerns.

I have received grants through the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad to participate in two seminars: “Between East and West” in Turkey and Cyprus in 2004 & “Religious Diversity in North Africa” in Morocco and Tunisia, 2011.

I was the principal grant-writer and co-leader (with Kamran Scot Aghaie) for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad that allowed us to take a group of 14 secondary school teachers from Texas and Maryland to Egypt in 2005.

Through the National Council on US-Arab Relations, I received a Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies that allowed me to visit the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2005.

I also have significant experience reading and reviewing applications for grant and award programs. I have served as a review panelist for the Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program on several occasions, as both panelist and chair of the Middle East Book Award committee, and I have chaired the selection committee for the National Council for the Social Studies’ Award for Global Understanding given in honor of James M. Becker.