MAAS graduates, we want to hear from YOU! We are launching a 2017 alumni outreach campaign and will be communicating more than in the past. We also plan to more prominently feature our alums in CCAS publications and on our website. Because this is a renewed effort on our part, it’s important for us first to learn more about each of you. If you are a MAAS grad, please take just a couple of minutes to update your information and complete a brief survey question. You may use this same form at any time to send us updates of your accomplishments for potential inclusion in the CCAS Newsmagazine. We look forward to hearing from you!
MAAS graduates accomplish a great deal by completing the program. We encourage our graduates to make this enriching experience a possibility for others. Whether it is in support of scholarships for deserving students or of the Center’s activities that made your time at MAAS richer—through events, publications, or classroom outreach—please consider us in your philanthropic giving this year.
MAAS Alum Sherene Seikaly (2000) recently published Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine with Stanford University Press (2015). Her book, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Palestine Book Awards, debunks common assumptions about class in British-ruled Palestine in the 1930s and 1940s by exploring the complexities of the emergent middle classes. In this interview, she chats with CCAS about her research.
Grace Benton, originally from Mobile, Alabama, graduated from the MAAS program in 2014 and also holds a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown. Grace received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach and study in Jordan from 2011-12.
MAAS grad Deena Shakir (2010) was included by Huffington Post as one of the top ten inspiring young Arab American Leaders of 2017.
Will Todman graduated from the MAAS program in 2016. Will is originally from the UK and received his undergraduate degree in Arabic and Hebrew from Oxford University. He currently lives in Washington, DC and works as an associate fellow for the Center for Strategic International Studies’ Middle East program, conducting research on political, social, and economic issues related to the MENA region.
Adila Laïdi-Hanieh is a 1992 graduate of the MAAS program. After graduating, Adila went on to receive her PhD in Cultural Studies from George Mason University. Adila is currently a postdoc fellow at the Arab Council for Social Sciences and lives in Ramallah, Palestine. She is a former student of the Turkish artist, Fahrelnissa Zeid and has recently published a book about her titled Fahrelnissa Zeid, Painter of Inner Worlds.
Mhani Alaoui (MAAS ’01) was born and raised in Casablanca, Morocco. Since earning her degree at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, she has conducted research in Paris, earned a PhD in Anthropology from Princeton, worked as a consultant for the United Nations in New York, and served as Research Director for a foundation affiliated with one of Morocco’s largest public corporations.