Who Is She

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Personal information

Leila Tarazi Fawaz

Contact information / Work

Tufts University
The Fletcher School
160 Packard Avenue
Medford, MA, USA
United States of America
00-1-617 627 3329


  • Doctorate Degree, History, 1979, Harvard University, United States of America.
  • Master's Degree, History, 1972, Harvard University, United States of America.
  • Master's Degree, History, 1968, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Bachelor's Degree (with distinction), History, 1967, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
  • Certificate (with distinction), General Modern Literary Studies (Certificat d'Etudes Littéraires Générales Modernes), 1965, École Supérieure des Lettres affiliated with the Lyons University in France, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • History
  • Ottoman Empire
  • World War I
  • English
  • Arabic
  • French

Work history

  • Issam M. Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies, 2001-present, Tufts University.
  • Professor of History and of Diplomacy, 1994-present, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
  • Professor of History, 1994 - present, Tufts University.
  • Founding Director, 2001-2012, Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Tufts University.
  • Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Jackson College for Humanities and Arts, 1996-2001, Tufts University.
  • Chair, 1994-1996, Department of History, Tufts University.
  • Associate Professor, 1984 - 1994, Department of History, Tufts University.
  • Associate Professor of Diplomacy, 1984-1994, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
  • Assistant Professor, 1979 - 1984, Department of History, Tufts University.

Honorary office and memberships

  • Member, Visiting Committee for the Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University, 2017-present.
  • Member, Visiting Committee for Harvard College, Board of Overseers, Harvard University, 2006-2017.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the Mediterranean House of Human Sciences (Comité Scientifique de la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme), 2005-present.
  • Member of the Advisory Board to The Ginkgo Library, London, UK, 2014-2018.
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the British Journal of Middle East Studies, 1996-present.
  • President of the Harvard Board of Overseers, 2011 - 2012.
  • Member of the Harvard Board of Overseers, 2006 - 2012.
  • Nominating Committee, American Historical Association, 2014-2017.
  • Chair of the Fulbright Scholar Middle East Review Committee, 2007 - 2009.
  • Chair of the Visiting Committee at the Harvard University Center for Middle East Studies, 2004-2005.
  • Past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 1997-1998.
  • President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 1996-1997.
  • President of the Board of Directors at the American University of Beirut Alumni Association of North America, 1995-1997.
  • Past President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, 1995-1996.
  • Chair of the Advisory Committee in the Middle East History and Literature, Fulbright-Hays Scholars, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 1992-1995.


Publications highlights: 
  • Fawaz, L. (2014). A Land of Aching Hearts: The Middle East in the Great War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Fawaz, L. & Mansour, C. (Eds.). (2009). Transformed landscapes: Essays on Palestine and the Middle East in honor of Walid Khalidi . Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.
  • Fawaz, L. (1983). Merchants and migrants in nineteenth century Beirut. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
  • Fawaz, L. (Ed.). (1991). State and society in Lebanon. Oxford: The Centre for Lebanese Studies and Tufts University.
  • Fawaz, L. (1994). An occasion for war: Mount Lebanon and Damascus in 1860. London: I.B. Tauris and Berkeley.
  • Fawaz, L., Bayly, C. A., & Ilbert, R. (Eds.). (2002). Modernity and culture from the Mediterranean sea to the Indian ocean. New York: Columbia University Press.
Exhibitions, lectures & performances: 
  • Keynote Speaker, “Sensing Colonial Ports and Global History: Agency, Affect, Temporality,” The Colonial Ports and Global History (CPAGH) Network conference, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, May 2-3, 2019.
  • Speaker, “Old Empire to New Empire? From the Ottomans to the British and French,” for the conference “Reorganizing the Middle East: 1914-1948,” Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, November 13-14, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Intercommunal Relations: Druze and Others,” for the conference “The Druze: Celebrating a Thousand Years of Diversity,” Center for Arts and Humanities – Mellon Grant, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, October 30-31, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Settlement and Unsettlement: The Reshaping of World Order after World War I,” the National History Center of the American Historical Association and the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC, March 15-17, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Coping with World War I in Greater Syria,” All Souls College Visiting Fellowship 50th Anniversary event, Oxford, England, June 24, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Civilians and Soldiers in the Levant 1914-1918,” conference on The Great War in the Middle East (1911-1923), the Department of War Studies, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and the Changing Character of War Programme, Oxford University, April 20-22, 2016.
  • Speaker, “Living and Remembering History: Writing on the Great War,” Kamal Salibi Lecture, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, May 5, 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Role of Memory in Shaping Identity: The First World War as Remembered in the Former Ottoman Syrian Lands,” keynote at conference “The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East,” School of Oriental and African Studies and New College of the Humanities, The Gingko Library, London, UK, December 7, 2014.
  •  Speaker, “Perspectives of Foreign Soldiers in the Middle East during World War I,” at the conference “The Mashriq in the Age of Late Imperialism: The Mandates in Global Perspective,” Princeton University, September 20-23, 2013.
  • Speaker, “The Eastern Mediterranean and the End of an Ottoman Empire Era, ca 1900-1914,” at the conference “The Local Histories of Lebanon Revisited” in commemoration of the late Professor Kamal Salibi, Orient-Institut, Beirut, Lebanon, October 18-19, 2012.
  • Speaker, "The Middle East Changing Political and Strategic Landscape", presented at the Talloires symposium at the Fletcher School, Tufts European Center, Talloires, France, 2012.
  • Speaker, "Exchanges in Times of War: Coping with World War I", conference on "Jews, Christians, and Muslims in History: Exchange and Cooperation", organized by the Hitorisches Kolleg in Munich in cooperation with the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich, 2009.
  • Keynote Speaker, "People on the Move: Soldiers in the Middle Eastern Theatre of the Great War", at the XIII International Seminar on Indo-Portuguese History: "La Méditerranée sur la route des Indes: Savoirs, mémoire, imaginaire, réseaux, organized by La Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l'Homme, in Marseille (opening) and Aix-en Provence, France, 2010.
  • Speaker, "War and Society in Historical Perspective", presented at the "Global Conference of Mothers Against Violence", organized by the Turkish Women Business Association (TIKAD), Istanbul, Turkey, 2010.
  • Speaker, "Society and War in Historical Perspective", presented at a symposium in memory of professor Kamal Salibi, hosted by the Worldwide Alumni Association of the American University of Beirut, Washington D.C. Chapter, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2011.
  • Speaker, "Civil War in Historical Perspective", presented at the conference "Healing the Wounds of History:Addressing the Roots of Violence", hosted by the Centre for Lebanese Studies at the Univeristy of Oxford and the Guerrand-Hermes Foundation for Peace, in partnership with the Lebanese American Univeristy, Byblos, Lebanon, 2011.
  • Speaker, "The Emergence of Turkey as a Regional Superpower: Challenges and Choices", hosted by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey, 2012.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Received the French National Order of the Legion of Honor at the rank of Chevalier, 2012.
  • Carnegie Scholar from the Carnegie Corporation Scholars Program, 2008.
  • Received the New Citizen Award from the International Institute of Boston, 2000.
  • Received the Lillian Leibner Award for Distinguished Teaching and Advising, Tufts University, 1982.