Bard Faculty

Ziad Abu-Rish

Visiting Researcher in Human Rights

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Human Rights, Middle Eastern Studies


BA, Whitman College; MA, Arab studies, Georgetown University; MA, history, CPhil, PhD, University of California, Los Angeles. Ziad Abu-Rish’s area of expertise is the modern Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and his research interests focus on the political economy and cultural constructions of state formation in the Arab Middle East. He has lectured and led seminars on subjects including contemporary history; comparative state formation in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria; women, gender, and sexuality in Middle East history, and the Arab uprisings in historical perspective. He previously taught in the history department of Ohio University, where he was also director of the Middle East and North Africa certificate program. He is coeditor of The Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (2012), Critical Voices: A Collection of Interviews from and on the Middle East (2015), and What Is Political Economy? (2016); author of articles including “Municipal Politics in Lebanon,” in Middle East Report, and “The Middle East Survey Course: Challenges and Opportunities,” in Review of Middle East Studies; and contributor of book reviews to publications such as International Journal of Middle East Studies and Arab Studies Journal. He has presented at conferences and workshops throughout the United States on subjects such as rethinking modernity, early independence Lebanon, the 1950s Arab world, and U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. At Bard since 2019.