The Department of History at Pennsylvania State University is excited to announce a new graduate Ph.D. field in the history of the modern Middle East. With more than ten outstanding faculty researching, publishing, and teaching in the field of Middle Eastern history from the early Islamic period to the modern era and spanning the region from North Africa to Iran, we offer a robust program of unparalleled depth and breadth. Our program offers a critical examination of thematic questions including state and society, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationalism, colonialism, and environment. We study these topics in broader transnational, transregional, and global contexts, relying on diverse methodologies. The field will benefit from cross-fertilization with other History Department graduate fields such as in early modern global history, as well as from the College of Liberal Arts’ interdisciplinary Middle East Studies program.
We seek applicants who are passionate about the region, who are creative and curious intellectuals, and who are committed to training to become future scholars, educators, public historians, or regional experts. Interested students with advanced language skills in at least one Middle Eastern language should consult with the relevant faculty members in the field. Penn State offers generous funding packages for successful applicants. For more information on the application process, see the History website. The application deadline is December 1, 2021.