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Editorial Board Profile

Professor Leila Fawaz

Leila Fawaz was named a chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2012. She is the Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies and was the founding director of the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University.

Fawaz served on the governing boards of Harvard University as an overseer between 1996 and 2012, and was elected to serve as President of the Board of Overseers
for 2011-12. A Carnegie Scholar (2008-10), she also served on the Advisory Board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) and chaired the CIES Fulbright Review Committee. She was a visiting professor at the Université de Provence and at l'École des Hautes Études en Science Politiques et Sociales in Paris. She also served on the steering committee of the European Science Foundation in Strasbourg, France, for the program on "Individual and Society in the Mediterranean Muslim World" (1994-99), and was a member of that organization's planning committee (1993) and publications committee (1996-99).

Currently she serves on the Comité Scientifique de la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme at the Université d'Aix-Marseille in France. A former president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, she has served as editor of the International Journal of Middle East Studies (IJMES) and in editorial board positions with the American Historical Review, IJMES and others.

Her publications include Transformed Landscapes (co-editor Camille Mansour; Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2009; Modernity and Culture from the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean (co-editor C. A. Bayly; New York: Columbia University Press, 2002); An Occasion for War (London: I.B. Tauris and Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 1994); and Merchants and Migrants in Nineteenth Century Beirut (Harvard University Press). Fawaz received a Ph.D. in History from Harvard University, and is currently doing research on the experience of World War I in the Middle East.