HISTORIAN OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Dr. Nalbantian is a historian of the Modern Middle East. Her research interests include examining the roles of ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East, the history of diasporic communities in the region, the politicisation of identities, and the contemporary history of Syria, Lebanon, and Turkey.
Tsolin’s current research project seeks to explore the shared connections between Syrian and Turkish citizens beyond their ethnic, religious, and national differences in the border regions of Turkey and Syria.
Tsolin has a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the George Washington University (Washington, DC), an MA in Journalism and Near Eastern Studies from New York University, and a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus on the contemporary history of Lebanon from Columbia University. After completing her PhD, she taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before taking her current position at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
She is currently working on a manuscript tentatively entitled Fashioning Homelands in Cold War Lebanon: 1943-1960.
BASED IN: Leiden, The Netherlands
LANGUAGES: Arabic, Armenian, English
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