Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

Ilham Khuri-Makdisi

Associate Professor of History
education Ph.D., History and Middle Eastern Studies
Harvard University
Mailing address 219 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Ilham Khur-Makdisi teaches courses in Middle Eastern history, World history and urban history. She is particularly interested in Mediterranean cities in the late 19th, early 20th centuries and the movements of people and ideas. Her current research focuses on the articulation and dissemination of radical ideas such as socialism and anarchism, in Eastern Mediterranean cities. Specifically, she analyzes the establishment of migrant networks of intellectuals, dramatists and workers, and their roles in the spread of radical ideas in and between Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria. She argues that the presence and activities of such (nominally ‘peripheral’) radical networks were central to the making of a globalized world and to the formulation of alternative visions of radicalism.

Selected Publications

“A Mediterranean Jewish Quarter and its Architectural Legacy: The Giudecca of Trani, Italy (1000-1550),” co-written with Mauro Bertagnin and Susan Miller. Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, University of California, Berkeley (Spring 2003), vol. 14, No. 2.

“Projecting Beirut”: CD Rom by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, 1997 (Historical Background).

Selected Honors & Awards

External Funded

Fellowship, Working Group Modernity and Islam. Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, October 2005-July 2006.

Sultanate of Oman Scholarly Paper Prize, Georgetown University Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, 2005.

Foreign Language and Area Study award (FLAS), Dissertation research, academic year 2002-2003.

Mellon Grant, Summer 1998. Ottoman Turkish, Harvard Ottoman Turkish Summer School, Cunda, Turkey.

Foreign Language and Area Study award (FLAS), Summer 1996. Intermediate Modern Turkish, Bosphorus University, Istanbul.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): “Levantine Trajectories: Radicals and Radicalism in and between Beirut, Cairo and Alexandria, 1860-1914” (April 2005).

American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE): “Levantine Trajectories: Radicals and Radicalism in and between Beirut, Cairo and Alexandria, 1860-1914” (April 2005).

Internal Funded

Research and Scholarship Development Fellowship, Northeastern University, 2005-2006.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, Summer 2001. Dissertation Research and Writing.

Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1999. Pre-doctoral Research Grant.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

Middle Eastern Studies Association