A seminar with Hilary Kalisman, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University and Visiting Scholar of Middle East Studies, Brown University.

Moderated by Tarek Masoud, Sultan of Oman Associate Professor of International Relations, HKS.

This talk examines the transition from limited and colonial to mass and national public education in Iraq, Palestine and Jordan during the formative period of the nation state in the region. It argues that government education represented both a stepping stone to political office, and a site of anti-government protest. More broadly, the incorporation of educated individuals into government service blunted their revolutionary activities until mass education overwhelmed each government's capacity to employ its educated populations.


About the speaker:

Hilary Kalisman completed her PhD in History at the University of California Berkeley in May, 2015. Her work explores the connections between public education, political culture and regime stability in the 20th century Middle East. In additional to publishing articles, she has won numerous awards during the course of her research including a National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, an Institute of International Education Graduate Fellowship and most recently the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq Dissertation Prize, which is awarded bi-annually to the best U.S. doctoral dissertation on modern/medieval Iraq.

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