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Tanielian, Melanie

Assistant Professor, History
University of Michigan


Melanie S. Tanielian is assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Prof. Beshara Doumani. Her dissertation, "The War of Famine: Everyday Life in Wartime Beirut and Mount Lebanon (1914-1918)", is a socio-economic study of daily life at the Lebanese homefront during the First World War, seen through the lens of famine, family, disease and medicine, as well as local, state, and international humanitarian relief. It receive the Syrian Studies Association Best Dissertation Award in 2012. Her research and teaching interests include the social and cultural history of WWI in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies and their work in times of conflict, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, the history Childhood and Youth. Her research has been supported by the Allan Sharlin Memorial Grant for Dissertation Research, the DAAD Graduate Fellowship, and the Sultan Fellowship from the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Armenian Studies   
Arab Studies   
Diaspora/Refugee Studies   
Human Rights   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Syria   
Lebanon   
SPECIALTIES
20th Lebanon/Beirut; WWI and its commemoration   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
Armenian (Elementary)   
French (Intermediate)   
German (Advanced)   
EDUCATION
PhD2012HistoryUniversity of California, Berkeley
MA2007HistoryUC Berkeley
BA2004ME StdsUC Berkeley