Adam Mestyan
Assistant Professor of History

Adam Mestyan is a historian of the modern Arab world, whose research and teaching focus on the global social history of nation-state building, nationalism, and sovereignty. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and recipient of numerous grants and fellowships.

Currently, he is working on his second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, an international history of Arab monarchies and Western imperialism from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s in the former Ottoman territories. In addition, he is preparing for his next project about law, nature, and inequality in twentieth-century Arab countries. His first monograph was Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017).

He is committed to create free and online tools for scholarship and the public. He supervises an online bibliography project on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic; and co-directs a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo.

He welcomes research students interested in any aspect of this region's modern history in the global context who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

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Wednesday 1-3 pm or by appointment.

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