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Simon, Andrew

AMELL
Dartmouth College


I am a social historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on popular culture, everyday technologies, and the study of sound. I hold a B.A. in Arabic, Middle East, and Islamic Studies from Duke University and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Egypt during the 2011 mass uprising. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University in 2017 and am currently serving as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East Studies at Dartmouth College. My interdisciplinary research has received generous support from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and has been the subject of numerous presentations in and outside of the Arab world. My first monograph, "Sounding History: Cassettes, Culture, and Everyday Life in Modern Egypt," demonstrates what the vibrant biography of one technology may teach us about a society’s dynamic past and challenges conventional histories of the modern Middle East that depict its residents as living in silence. This year, I will be giving talks on archives, popular culture, and the history of mass media in the Middle East at MESA, AHA, and in Tunisia.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Media   
Pop Culture   
Technology   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Islamic World   
All Middle East   
Egypt   
SPECIALTIES
Sound Studies   
Everyday Technologies   
Popular Culture   
LANGUAGES
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EDUCATION
PhD2017Near Eastern StudiesCornell University
MA2014Near Eastern StudiesCornell University
BA2010Arabic, Middle East, and Islamic StudiesDuke University
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Andrew Simon






Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages a
101D Bartlett Hall
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH
03755
United States
andrew.g.simon@dartmouth.edu