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 Will Todman (MAAS ’16)

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.

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Q&A with Adila Laïdi-Hanieh (MAAS ’92)

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.

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Alumni Q&A: Mhani Alaoui (MAAS ’01)

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.

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Q&A with Judith Mendelsohn Rood (MAAS ’82)

MAAS alumna Judith Mendelsohn Rood talks about her doctoral research as a Lady Davis Dissertation Fellow at Hebrew University and as the Islamic Court of Jerusalem’s first female researcher.

Dorothée Kellou (MAAS ’12)

Journeying Home

Dorothée Kellou (MAAS ’12) has a passion for film and the power it has to share narratives. In 2012, Kellou began fundraising to film a documentary about the legacy of French resettlement camps during the Algerian War of Independence (1954–1962). Since the start of her campaign, Kellou has made significant strides toward production, and she hopes that her film will help shine a light on colonial power and its repressive apparatus.

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Q&A with Lisa Hajjar (MAAS ’86)

MAAS alumna and university professor Lisa Hajjar discusses recent developments in the American public debate over the use of torture, and the personal road she took to speaking out against it.