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Belli, Meriam

Associate Professor, History of the Middle East, History
University of Iowa


Mériam N. Belli received her PhD in Middle East history from Georgetown University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2008, Mériam Belli taught at Georgetown University; for Pepperdine University's internship program in Washington, DC; and at MIT, Cambridge, Mass. She joined the History Department at the University of Iowa in the fall of 2008. She specializes in the social and cultural history of the Arab Middle East. She earned an M.A. and a DEA in history at INALCO, Paris, France. Her book, An Incurable Past: Nasser's Egypt Now and Then (University Press of Florida, May 2013), explores both the history and vernacular experiences of the 1950s-60s through stories of schooling; war and resistance; and spirituality and religion. She is presently working on a socio-cultural history of death in a transnational perspective that examines the politics of death and burial, cultural attitudes toward death, and modern technologies' effects on funerary culture and practices. Mériam Belli has a particular interest in oral history, cultural and social boundaries, nationalism, colonialism, and mobility/migration within the sphere of North Africa, Southwest Asia, and Europe.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
19th-21st Centuries   
Mediterranean Studies   
Identity/Representation   
Nationalism   
State Formation   
Cultural Studies   
Colonialism   
Transnationalism   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Mashreq   
Europe   
Mediterranean Countries   
Maghreb   
SPECIALTIES
Death   
Borderland and Mobility in the Mediterranean   
Oral Hist   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Native)   
German (Advanced)   
Spanish (Elementary)   
Hebrew (Elementary)   
EDUCATION
PhD2005HistGeorgetown U
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
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Meriam Belli






University of Iowa
Department of History
280 Schaeffer Hall
Iowa City, IA
52242
United States
Phone:(319) 335-2306
meriam-belli@uiowa.edu