Congratulations to the MAAS Class of 2019!


MAAS Grads, we want to hear from YOU! 

As part of our renewed alumni outreach, we have been featuring MAAS alums more prominently on our website and social media platforms, and in the biannual CCAS Newsmagazine. The past few issues of the CCAS Newsmagazine have featured more than 100 MAAS alums! Please tell us about your professional accomplishments so that we can feature you! You can either email your news to or take a moment to fill out this brief form.  We look forward to hearing from you!

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Giving Back

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. To designate a gift for CCAS, please use this form. Thank you for your generosity!


Alumni Spotlight

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Q&A with Tighe Flanagan (MAAS ’12)

Tighe Flanagan is Director of Wikimedia Foundation’s Education Programs, which helps educators and students around the world contribute to Wikipedia in an academic setting. As Director, Tighe leads the education team and is also responsible for coordinating with the education programs in the Arab region and Africa.

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Q&A with Dena Takruri (MAAS ’08)

Dena Takruri is an American journalist, presenter, and producer for Al Jazeera’s all digital video network, AJ+, and a 2008 graduate of the MAAS program at Georgetown. In her time as a distinguished journalist, Takruri has interviewed such figures as Tony Blair, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Read more about her work in this Q&A with the Nieman Storyboard.

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Transforming Futures in Palestine

As a MAAS student in the mid-90s reading Sara Roy’s important book, The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-Development, little could I have imagined that I would one day have the opportunity to spend more than a decade (and counting) leading the Palestine portfolio of the respected education organization AMIDEAST.

Dr. Sherene Seikaly

Q&A with Sherene Seikaly (MAAS ’00)

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.

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Q&A with Grace Benton (MAAS ’14)

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.