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Peter Magee
Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology

Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr. PA 19010-2899


Middle East Studies Steering Committee


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Grace M. Armstrong,
Eunice M. Schenck 1907
Professor of French and Francaphone Studies
Director of Middle Eastern Languages

Manar DarwishManar Darwish
Instructor and Coordinator of Bi-Co Arabic Program
Manar Darwish graduated from the American University in Cairo and did her graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle. The title of her thesis is “The Inscriptional Evidence from the Dome of the Rock and al- Aqsa Mosque: 750- 1099: An Analysis.” For the last fifteen years she has been teaching Arabic to college students. Her teaching experience includes Islamic and Gender Studies, and the Media and Culture of Middle Eastern Countries, especially Egypt. The study of the Qur’an and Classical and Modern Arabic Literature are amongst her scholarly pursuits.  

Peter Magee


Peter Magee, Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology, Director of Middle Eastern Studies

Peter Magee is a Professor in the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College. He obtained his PhD in near eastern archaeology from the University of Sydney. Before coming to Bryn Mawr he was a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and University of Ghent (Belgium). He has published on the pre-Islamic archaeology of Arabia, Iran and the Indo-Iranian borderlands and is author of Excavations at Tepe Yahya. The Iron Age Settlement (Harvard University Press, 2004) and The Archaeology of Prehistoric Arabia (Cambridge, 2014). He has excavated in Greece, Syria, Jordan, Yemen, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. He is currently Director of the excavations at Muweilah and Tell Abraq (UAE).

Azade Seyhan


Azade Seyhan, Professor of German and Comparative Literature

Azade Seyhan is the Fairbank Professor in the Humanities, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Bryn Mawr Director of the program in Comparative Literature, and adjunct professor of Philosophy at Bryn Mawr College. She is the author of Representation and Its Discontents: The Critical Legacy of German Romanticism (University of California, 1992); Writing Outside the Nation (Princeton, 2001); and most recently, Tales of Crossed Destinies: The Modern Turkish Novel in a Comparative Context (MLA, 2008). She has lectured extensively on German Idealism and Romanticism, critical theory, exile narratives, Turkish-German literature, and the theory of the novel.

Sharon Ullman


Sharon Ullman, Professor of History

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Sharon Ullman specializes in 20th-century America with an emphasis on popular culture and gender. She is the author of Sex Seen: The Emergence of Modern Sexuality in America and Sexual Borderlands: Constructing an American Sexual Past (with Kathleen Kennedy). Her current research project, Brainwashing: The Anxious Mind of Cold War America is under contract to NYU Press. Her courses include such topics as the history of sexuality, the culture of the cold war, and film and national identity.

Alicia Walker, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture

Ph.D. Harvard University, 2004
Professor Walker’s primary fields of research include cross-cultural artistic interaction in the medieval world from the ninth to thirteenth centuries and gender issues in the art and material culture of Byzantium. She is co-editor of the essay collection Negotiating Secular and Sacred in Medieval Art. Christian, Islamic, Buddhist (Ashgate, 2009), and recently completed her first monograph, The Emperor and the World: Exotic Elements and the Imaging of Middle Byzantine Imperial Power (Cambridge, 2012). She has published essays on topics including medieval inter-cultural artistic transmission, the role of women in Byzantine art and culture, and the function and meaning of early Byzantine marriage jewelry. Her work has appeared in journals including Muqarnas, Gesta, Ars Orientalis, and The Art Bulletin.