Associate Professor, History
Gasper was named a 2013 Mellon New Directions Fellow for his research project "Post-Ottomanism and Rethinking the Modern Middle East”
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Education: B.A., Temple University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
Michael Gasper teaches courses on the history of the modern Middle East and the Muslim world.
He is the author of The Power of Representation: Publics, Peasants and Islam in Egypt (Stanford, 2009) and (with Michael Bonine and Abbas Amanat) co-edited Is There a Middle East? The Evolution of Geopolitical Concept (Stanford 2012). In 2013 he was named a Mellon New Directions Fellow for his new project “Post-Ottomanism and Rethinking the Modern Middle East.” He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2008 for his research project “Rethinking Secularism and Sectarianism during the Lebanese Civil War.” His current book project, Everyday Life During the Lebanese Civil War 1975-1990, evolved out of Carnegie-funded research conducted in the Middle East, Europe and in the United States from 2009-2012.
His research on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East revolves around the representation and performance of communal, religious, and national identity.