Gasper was named a 2013 Mellon New Directions Fellow for his research project "Post-Ottomanism and Rethinking the Modern Middle East”
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.