American Univesity of Beirut

Student Research Projects

Student Research Projects in History and Archaeology Since 2010

Current MA Thesis Projects


Badria El Jilani, Cairene and Damascene Attitudes towards the Ottomans


Youssef El-Khoury Salem, Aḥmad Fāris al-Shidyāq in the Public Sphere: al-Jawāʾib Newspaper (1861-1884)

Rochana Faraj, The Study of Hellenistic and Roman Period Coins from the Excavations in Beirut


Megan Tribble, Fake News, Echo Chambers, and Writing History in Real-Time: Lebanese Press Coverage of the 1958 Crisis


Berj Wannessian, The Scope of the Sacred Landscape of Lebanon during the Roman Period


Current PhD Dissertation Projects


Michael Arnold, Contesting Tradition: Abu al-Huda al-Sayyadi and Islamic Conservatism in the Late Ottoman Empire


Mehmet Ali Neyzi, Sultan Abdülhamid II and the Aşiret Mektebi: A History and a Prosopographic Study


Yasmin Shafei, The Professionalization of Mental Health in Egypt



​Completed PhD Dissertations and MA Theses


History PhD dissertations


Catherine Wadad Batruni, 2019

Producing Pioneers: The American Junior College for Women and the Beirut College for Women, 1924-1973


Karen Raif Moukheiber, 2015

Slave Women and Free Men: Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in Early Abbasid Times


Aaron Tylor Brand, 2014

Lives Darkened by Calamity: Enduring the Famine of World War I in Lebanon and Western Syria


Archaeology MA Theses


Rana Zaher, 2019

Towards an Understanding of the Date and Style of the Portal Lion of Tell Ta’yinat: A Deconstructive Approach


Hassan El-Hajj, 2015

Domestic Architecture and Social Change in the Greco-Roman Near East


Naseem Naji Raad, 2015

Roman Amphorae in the Near East: A Study of the Distribution of Spanish, North African, and Local Types


Emilia M. Jastrzebska, 2011

Children in the Early Bronze Age Mortuary Customs of the Levant


Marshall Charles Woodworth, 2011

Organic Residue Analysis of Beirut Amphorae by Chemical Analytical Techniques


Nathalie Alfred Kallas, 2010

Stratigraphic Study of Area I-Northwest at Tell el-Burak, South Lebanon: Squares 29/27, 29/28, 30/27 & 30/28


Riva Riad Daniel, 2010

Early Bronze Age Cylinder Seals and Impressions from Lebanon


History MA Theses


Elijah Powelson, 2020

The Northcliffe Press and Zionism: The TimesThe Daily Mail, and the Battle for the Jewish National Home in Palestine, 1917-1922


Bedros Puzant Torosian, 2019

In Search of Haven and Seeking Fortune: The Economic Role of Ottoman Armenian Migrants in British-Occupied Egypt (1882-1914)


Raja Jamal Abu Hassan, 2017

The Settlement and Economic Development of Hawran 1860-1914: A Reconsideration of Motives and Forces


Tamara Maatouk, 2017

Understanding the Public Sector in Egyptian Cinema: A State Venture


Hratch Yervant Kestenian, 2015

A Portrait of Armenian Student Life at the Syrian Protestant College 1885-1920


Cyma Sami Farah, 2014

Religion, Science, and Power in the Making of the Survey of Western Palestine


Choon Hwee Koh, 2014

Qāytbāy’s Journey to Bilād al-Shām in 882/1477: Power, Periphery, and Royal Peregrinations


Emily Louise Dawes, 2013

Osman Hamdi Bey, Gertrude Bell, and the Archaeology of Mesopotamia


Jeremey Nicholas Randall, 2013

Reconfiguring the Abbasid Court: The Case of al-Amin


Matthew Alan Sharp, 2013

Transformation at the Syrian Protestant College: The Role of Liberal Protestant Theology and Epistemology in the Shifting Vision of a Missionary College


Joan Elias Chaker, 2012

Eastern Tobacco and the Ottoman Regie: A History of Financiers in the Age of Empire


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