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.