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    Core Faculty
  • helgatawilsouri
    Helga Tawil-Souri

    Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communications, Steinhardt

    Director, Hagop Kevorkian Center


    Helga is a media scholar who focuses on spatiality, technology, and politics in the Middle East and especially Israel/Palestine, and methodologically incorporates political economy, visual and cultural studies, and cultural geography. Broadly, my work critiques the notion that we live in an increasingly open and borderless world, by analyzing how technologies and their infrastructures - such as cell phones and the internet - are explicitly territorial and political and often impose new forms of borders and controls. On the flip side of that, she is equally fascinated by how spaces and 'things' that are overtly territorial and political - borders, checkpoints, and identification cards, for example - themselves function in cultural ways. Most of her teaching is through the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Helga teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on topics including borders and spatiality; Arab media; critical theory and media studies; Israel/Palestine; war and media; globalization, international development, and commodities.
  • JoanneNucho
    Joanne Nucho

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies

    Director of Graduate Studies


    Joanne Randa Nucho is an anthropologist and filmmaker who earned her PhD at the University of California, Irvine in 2013. Her manuscript, entitled “Infrastructures of Sectarianism: Municipal Planning on Beirut’s Urban Fringe,” is based on 16 months of ethnographic research in Lebanon. The manuscript focuses on the relationship between political sectarianism and infrastructures and services in urban Lebanon. Her work on Lebanon makes visible a broader pattern in which access to infrastructures is part of the way people begin to imagine themselves as part of a “public,” and how studies of infrastructure can help reorient conversations about sovereignty and citizenship in conflict states. Dr. Nucho’s research has received support from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and a Fulbright-Hays award. Dr. Nucho also earned her BFA in Film and Television Production at NYU, as well as her MA in Islamic Studies from UCLA. Her films have screened internationally at various festivals, including the London International Documentary Film Festival in 2008. In 2013, she received a Wenner-Gren Engaged Anthropology Grant in order to conduct a film and video outreach workshop in Lebanon. Currently, Dr. Nucho is revising her manuscript in preparation for publication. She is also editing an ethnographic film she produced during the course of her fieldwork in Lebanon.
  • Begum.Adalet
    Begum Adalet

    Faculty Fellow of Near Eastern Studies


    Begum Adalet received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania with specializations in political theory and comparative politics. She held an ACLS/Mellon Completion Fellowship in 2013. She also received a BA from Swarthmore College and an MA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Adalet is currently working on a book manuscript that examines the construction of modernization theory in a series of social scientific, infrastructural, and architectural laboratories in Turkey during the early phases of the Cold War. While at the Kevorkian Center, she will be working on new projects examining the New International Economic Order of the 1970s and contemporary changes in developmental aid regimes, as former recipients become donors.
  • Staff
  • GretaScharnweber
    Greta Scharnweber

    Associate Director


    In addition to grantwriting, reporting, and office management, Greta organizes academic programs on the Middle East for faculty, students, teachers, journalists, and the general public at NYU. She has been involved in outreach to educators since the late 90s, first as a graduate student in the MA program at Georgetown in Arab Studies, later as the outreach coordinator at Yale's Council on Middle East Studies, and now the Hagop Kevorkian Center. Since joining NYU in 2008, she has curated a Saturday Seminars for teachers series focused on the MENA region and has organized intensive courses for educators on topics such as The Multilayered Lives of Muslim Women; The Politics of Water, Media and the Middle East, and Revolts in the Arab World. Her seminars often include a field study component in the region, most recently including tours of the Jordan River Valley and Uzbekistan. She has lived in Morocco, Kenya, and Egypt, and has traveled widely throughout the Middle East and Islamic world. She holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, an MA in Religious Studies from University of Colorado, and a BA in Religion from Kenyon College.
  • ArthurStarr
    Arthur B. Starr

    Program Coordinator


    Arthur is currently the Program Coordinator at the Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU. He completed his MA in Middle Eastern Studies and is now a doctoral candidate in Higher and Postsecondary Education at New York University. His research interests involve the Internationalization of Higher and Postsecondary Education; Issues of Access, Equity and Diversity in Postsecondary Education; Transition of international students, Language Acquisition and effects on retention and Areas Studies Programs. Arthur has facilitated study tours for students in Turkey and India as well as an outreach trip for educators in Uzbekistan.
  • DianaShin
    Diana Shin

    Outreach Administrator


    Diana joined the Hagop Kevorkian Center in April 2015 as the Outreach Administrator. Prior to joining the Center, Diana worked as a Program Officer at The American Turkish Society where she managed various educational grants and scholarship programs, and was involved in events management, most notably for the New York Turkish Film Festival. During her graduate studies at Georgetown, she focused her studies on Middle Eastern politics and has spent time studying in Turkey, Egypt, and Jordan. She received her BS in economics from Duke University and an MA in anthropology from Columbia University.
  • TandiBudhram
    Tandi Budhram

    Administrative Aide II


  • Visiting Scholars
  • NancyKricorian
    Nancy Kricorian

    Fall 2015 Writer-in-Residence


  • JackShaheen
    Jack Shaheen

    Distinguished Visiting Scholar

  • Adam Shatz

    Visting Scholar


  • Nahid Siamdoust

    Research Scholar;