AMERICAN DRUZE FOUNDATION FELLOW
Dr. Graham Auman Pitts
2018-2019 American Druze Foundation Fellow
Dr. Graham Pitts, the 2018-2019 American Druze Foundation Fellow at CCAS, was a postdoctoral teaching scholar from 2016 to 2018 at North Carolina State University’s International Studies program. He earned both his MA and PhD from Georgetown University’s History Department and his BA from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. His dissertation was titled “Fallow Fields: Famine and the Making of Lebanon.” Dr. Pitts is fluent in Arabic, Spanish, and French, and has a working knowledge of Turkish. He has taught “Arab Environmental History,” “History of Sectarianism in the Middle East,” “Introduction to International Studies,” and historical survey courses on the Middle East.
During his fellowship, Dr. Pitts will explore the environmental history of the Druze from the late Ottoman period until the present. Demography will feature prominently in his research, which will illuminate Druze population dynamics in the Eastern Mediterranean as well as the American mahjar. In addition to pursuing scholarly publications and delivering lectures, Dr. Pitts will devote his fellowship year to building a website with resources for Druze genealogy. In October, Dr. Pitts will deliver a talk on the Druze during World War I at the conference “The Druze: Celebrating a Thousand Years of Diversity,” which will take place at the American University of Beirut.
The American Druze Foundation Fellowship was established at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) within Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2012 to support and promote scholarship on Druze communities. The fellowship is open to scholars conducting social scientific research on the Druze, and on collective political and cultural identities in the Arab world in the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, economics, anthropology, and archaeology.
Alienor Van den Bosch
2018-2019 Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow
Marie Alienor van den Bosch is the Qatar Post-Doctoral Fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS). She received her Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in June 2018, with a focus on Comparative Politics. Her research interests are in authoritarian political systems, regime survival politics and comparative political economy of oil. Her dissertation focused on political survival strategies through economic diversification in oil-dependent countries. Her ongoing research investigates two intertwined questions: what is the effect of non-state elite groups on government spending patterns, and what is the role of oil in shaping political survival strategies for authoritarian regimes. She also holds an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s CCAS.