Dahlia El Zein

Ph.D. Student

Dahlia El Zein is a first-year Ph.D. student working on transregional histories of the twentieth-century Middle East and Islamic Africa. She is interested in publishing networks and school textbooks, both as a type of educational-commercial enterprise, and especially as this focused publishing industry intersected with various post-colonial independence movements in the Middle East, North and West Africa. Dahlia plans to investigate the influence of colonialisms, new forms of Islamism, and nationalisms on the design, publication, and distribution decisions associated with school textbooks intended for instruction in (mainly) state educational institutions. She has a Masters in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from Webster University in International Relations. Prior to her doctoral pursuits, Dahlia worked for the Middle East Institute and Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University and taught courses on the Middle East and Immigration at a Princeton University annual precollege summer program. She has also worked in human rights for several years covering the Middle East and North Africa region. 

Research Interests: 

Twentieth-century Middle East and Trans-regional histories.