Gadi Algazi is Professor of Medieval History at Tel Aviv University and an associate fellow at the Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History international research center at the Humboldt University Berlin. His research areas include late medieval and early modern social and cultural history, with an emphasis on historical anthropology and gender history; he is particularly interested in the history and theory of the social sciences, settler colonialism and frontier societies.
Stéphane Ancel is a historian specializing in Ethiopia and religious movements in the Horn of Africa during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is a full-time researcher in the French Center for National Research (CNRS) in Paris (CéSor-EHESS) and a member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. He is coauthor, with Vincent Lemire and Magdalena Krzyzanowska, of Le Moine sur le Toit: une histoire des chrétiens éthiopiens à Jérusalem (forthcoming, 2018) regarding the Ethiopian Christian community in Jerusalem at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Yasemin Avcı joined the History Department of Pamukkale University in 2004, where she is professor of Ottoman history. She is a member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. Her research focuses on the urban and social history of the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. In 1996–97 she was a visiting PhD student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and in 2005 spent a year at SOAS as a visiting scholar. She is the author of Değişim Sürecinde Bir Osmanlı Kenti: Kudüs 1890–1914 [An Ottoman town in transition: Jerusalem, 1890–1914] (2004) and Osmanlı Hükümet Konakları: Tanzimat Döneminde Kent Mekanında Devletin Erki ve Temsili [Ottoman governmental houses: representation of state power in Ottoman cities in the Tanzimat era] (2017).
Philippe Bourmaud is Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Lyon 3 University and an associate researcher at the French Institute of Anatolian Studies (IFEA) in Istanbul. After an extensive stay in Nablus and Ramallah for his research on late Ottoman medicine in Palestine, he is currently working on the issues of tuberculosis and alcoholism in the Levant.
Michelle U. Campos is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History at the University of Florida. She received her PhD in history from Stanford University in 2003. Her first book, Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth Century Palestine (2011), was the recipient of the 2010 Yonatan Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israel Studies, awarded by the Association for Israel Studies, as well as the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Culture. She is currently writing a spatial history of intercommunal relations in Jerusalem in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Leyla Dakhli is a full-time researcher in the French Center for National Research (CNRS-Marc Bloch Center, Berlin) and member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. Her work focuses particularly on the study of Arab intellectuals, the social and cultural history of southern Mediterranean region with a special focus on women, the social uses of languages, social movements and popular politics. She has published Une génération d’intellectuels arabes: Syrie et Liban (1908–1940) (2009) and Histoire du Proche-Orient contemporaine (2015) and edited the collective volume Le Moyen-Orient fin XIX–XX siècle (2016). She now leads the European Research Council-funded project “Drafting and Enacting the Revolutions in the Arab Mediterranean: In Search of Dignity, from the 1950s until today” or DREAM (ERC consolidator grant, 2018–23).
Angelos Dalachanis is a research fellow of the French School at Athens. He is member of the Open Jerusalem project core team and coeditor (with Vincent Lemire) of the Open Jerusalem series at Brill. He holds a PhD in history from the European University Institute, Florence. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the LabexMed at Aix-Marseille University (2012–14), and at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies at Princeton University (2014–15). He has taught at Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University. His research interests include the Greek diaspora, migration, labor, and intercultural contacts in the eastern Mediterranean in the modern period. He is the author of The Greek Exodus from Egypt: Diaspora Politics and Emigration, 1937–1962 (2017).
Sotirios Dimitriadis is a historian of the late Ottoman Empire, with a special interest in urban and social history. He holds a PhD from the Department of History of SOAS (University of London) and is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.
Beshara Doumani is Professor of History and Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. His books include Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History (2017) and Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700–1900 (1995). He has edited Academic Freedom After September 11 (2006) and Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender (2003). He is also the editor of a book series, New Directions in Palestinian Studies, with the University of California Press.
Edhem Eldem is Professor of History at the Department of History of Boğaziçi University and holds the International Chair of Turkish and Ottoman History at the Collège de France. He has also taught at Berkeley, Harvard, Columbia, EHESS, EPHE, ENS, and was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. He has worked and published extensively on Levant trade, funerary epigraphy, Istanbul, the Imperial Ottoman Bank, the history of Ottoman archaeology and collections, Ottoman first-person narratives and photography in the Ottoman Empire.
Şerife Eroğlu Memiş is a historian and expert on foundations in the Archive of the General Directorate of Foundations in Ankara, Turkey. She graduated from the Department of History of the Middle East Technical University and pursued her studies with a masters on minorities in the Ottoman Empire at the Middle East Studies program of the same university. She received a PhD from Hacettepe University (2016) for a thesis entitled “Ottoman Provincial Society and the Waqf: Jerusalem, 1703–1831,” in which she examined the role of Jerusalem’s waqf network on urban space, social relations, and relations with the central government during the period under scrutiny. She is continuing her research on urban history, the Ottoman waqf system and political culture.
Louis Fishman is Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. His work focuses on late Ottoman history, in addition to modern Turkish, Palestinian, and Israeli history. He currently is on the last stages of his book, with the tentative title Claiming the Homeland: Jews and Arabs in late Ottoman Palestine (1908–1914).
Lora Gerd is Lecturer at St. Petersburg State University and researcher at the Russian Academy of Science (St. Petersburg Institute of History). She is the author of numerous books and articles on Greek–Russian relations (church policy and cultural relations) and on Greek manuscripts. She has edited several primary archival sources including the correspondence of George Begleri (1878–98) and the journals of Antonin Kapustin, 1850–60. She collaborates with the Open Jerusalem project for Russian-language archives and she is also working on projects on the history of Mt. Athos, the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the history of Byzantine studies in Russia and the Greek world.
Jonathan Marc Gribetz is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies at Princeton University. He is the author of Defining Neighbors: Religion, Race, and the Early Zionist–Arab Encounter (2014). He is currently writing a book on the Palestine Liberation Organization’s Research Center in Beirut, for which he received a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Jens Hanssen is Associate Professor of Arab Civilization, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean history at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Arab intellectual history; the late Ottoman Empire; settler colonialism in Palestine; counter-insurgency and decolonization in the Middle East; and urban colonialism in the modern Mediterranean. His book publications include Arab Provincial Capitals in the Late Ottoman Empire (2002), Zokak al-Blat: History, Space and Social Conflict in Beirut (2005), Fin de Siècle Beirut (2005), The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle Eastern and North African History (with Amal Ghazal); Arabic Thought Beyond the Liberal Age and Arabic Thought Against the Authoritarian Age (both with Max Weiss).
Yali Hashash heads the Gender Studies department in Beit Berl College. She holds a PhD in Jewish History (Haifa University, 2011) and was a postdoctoral fellow of Tel Aviv University (2011) and of the Taub Center for Israeli Studies, New York University (2012). She is a founding member of the Women Historians Forum of the Isha L’isha Feminist Research Center, and coheads the Oral History Laboratory of Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include the social history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Palestine and the Middle East, poverty, gender, nationalism, ethnicity and reproduction. Her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and she is currently working on a book on Mizrahi feminism.
Hassan Ahmad Hassan is a historian and linguist at the Faculty of Foreign Languages of the University of Jordan. He holds a master’s degree in Jewish studies from the University of Jordan. His research focuses on the Hebrew press in late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine.
Abdul-Hameed al-Kayyali is a historian and member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. He is an associated researcher at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) in the Department of Medieval and Modern Arabic Studies (DEAM). He holds a PhD from the University of Aix-Marseille in the “Studies of Arab and Muslim World”. His research focuses on the cultural and religious contacts of Arab Jews in general and Jerusalemite Jews in particular during late Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine.
Arman Khachatryan is a PhD candidate in interdisciplinary studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. He holds a BA and an MA in cultural studies from Yerevan State University and a master’s degree in Israel studies from Ben-Gurion University. Since 2014, he has been a collaborating researcher with the Open Jerusalem project. He is currently working on his dissertation, which focuses on the activities of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem from 1909 to 1949. His research interests include Israel studies, Armenian studies, nationalism, and ethnic and religious studies.
Gudrun Krämer is Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies at Freie Universität Berlin; a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and the Tunisian Academy of Sciences (Bayt al-Hikma), and an executive editor of The Encyclopaedia of Islam Three. She has been a visiting scholar in Beijing, Beirut, Bologna, Cairo, Erfurt, Jakarta, and Paris and has published widely on Middle Eastern history, Islamic movements, and Islamic political thought.
Vincent Lemire is Associate Professor at Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée University and director of the ERC project “Opening Jerusalem’s archives: for a connected history of ‘Citadinité’ in the Holy City (1840–1940)” (ERC starting grant, 2014–19). He holds a PhD from the University of Provence and his work focuses mainly on Jerusalem and the modern Middle East, environmental history and the history of cultural heritage. He is the author of La soif de Jérusalem: essai d’hydrohistoire 1840–1948) (2010), Jérusalem 1900: la ville-sainte à l’âge des possibles (2012) and edited the volumes Jérusalem: Histoire d’une ville-monde (2016) and Le Moyen-Orient de 1876 à 1980 (2016).
Noémi Lévy-Aksu is a British Academy Newton International Fellow at the School of Law of Birkbeck College, University of London. After completing a PhD in Ottoman history at the EHESS-Paris in 2010, she worked as an assistant professor in the Department of History of Boğaziçi University until 2017. Besides her book Ordre et désordres dans l’Istanbul ottomane (2013), she has published several articles and book chapters on late Ottoman urban, political and legal history.
Roberto Mazza is Lecturer at the University of Limerick and research associate at SOAS. He is the author of Jerusalem from the Ottomans to the British (2009) and editor (with Eduardo Manzano Moreno) of Jerusalem in World War I: The Palestine Diary of a European Consul (2011). He is a member of the editorial board of Jerusalem Quarterly and a contributor to the same publication. He has published several articles discussing World War I in Jerusalem and in Palestine, including a recent chapter on the evacuation of Jaffa in 1917. He is currently working on a large project discussing the urban planning of Jerusalem from 1918 to 1926.
Irina Mironenko-Marenkova is a historian, teacher and translator. She studied in Moscow (Russian State University for the Humanities) and in Paris (EHESS). Her research interests concern the history of religious beliefs and the diplomatic relationship between France and Russia. She has translated numerous works in the humanities from French to Russian.
Abla Muhtadi is an award-winning independent researcher and author with a focus on Jerusalem. She worked as a researcher at the Centre for Documents, Manuscripts and Bilad al-Sham Studies of the University of Jordan from 2005 to 2016 and is the author of five books in Arabic, including Al Quds, tarikh wa hadara [Jerusalem, history and civilization] (2000), Al-Quds wa-l hukm al-ʿaskari al-britani, 1917–1920 [Jerusalem and British military rule, 1917–1920] (2003) and Awqaf al-Quds fi zaman al-Intidab al-britani [Endowments in Jerusalem at the time of the British Mandate] (2005).
Falestin Naïli is a social historian and researcher at the Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo) in Amman. She is a member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. Her publications deal with urban governance in the Ottoman and Mandate period, millenarist settlement and missionary projects in Palestine, forced migration in the contemporary Middle East, early ethnographies of Palestine, and collective memory and heritage issues in these contexts.
Issam Nassar is Professor of History at Illinois State University and coeditor of Jerusalem Quarterly. He is author of a number of books on photography and Jerusalem, including Laqatat Mughayira: Al-Taswir Al-Mahalli Al-Mubakkir Fi Filastin, 1850–1948 [Alternative shots: early local photography in Palestine, 1850–1958] (2006). He has edited a number of books, including, with Salim Tamari, The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904–1948 (2013).
Ömür Yazıcı Özdemir graduated from the History Department of Ege University in 2012. She received an MA from the History Department of Celal Bayar University in 2015. Her master’s thesis was published as Aydın Vilayeti’nde Suç ve Ceza (1866–1877) [Crime and punishment in Aydın province] (2016). She is currently working on her PhD thesis entitled “Urban Politics and Collective Petitions in Ottoman Jerusalem (1840–1917)” at the History Department of Pamukkale University under the supervision of Yasemin Avcı.
Konstantinos Papastathis is a research associate at the University of Luxembourg. He has worked as a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2011–13) and was adjunct lecturer at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2008–12). He has published in several peer-reviewed journals (including Middle Eastern Studies, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, Journal of Eastern Christian Studies, Religion, State and Society) as well as in collected volumes.
Yann Potin is a historian and an archivist. He works at the National Archives in Paris and is an Associate Professor at Paris-Nord University. He is a member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. His research is devoted to the comparative history of archival practices and policies. He is the author of numerous articles and has contributed to many collective works. He is coordinator of the Histoire mondiale de la France, edited by Patrick Boucheron (2017), collaborator of Jerusalem: Histoire d’une ville-monde des origines à nos jours (2016), edited by Vincent Lemire, and coeditor of Les Archives et la genèse des lois (2016).
Maria Chiara Rioli is a historian of modern Christianity. She received her PhD in contemporary history at the Scuola Normale Superiore. She is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée as well as project manager, digital humanist and member of the core team of the Open Jerusalem project. Her research focuses on the history of the Roman Catholic community in Palestine, Israel and Jordan, Jewish converts to Christianity within the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and the history of Mediterranean Christian thought. Her forthcoming book Tribulationis Tempore: The Latin Church of Jerusalem, the First Arab–Israeli War and its Aftermath, 1946–1956 is under contract with Brill.
Julia R. Shatz is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Fresno. She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley. Her work examines the intersection of social and political histories of the Middle East with global and transnational movements in the twentieth century. She has written and presented on multiple aspects of social welfare in Palestinian history, including public health, juvenile delinquency, and child-saving initiatives. Her current project, Governing Global Children: Child Welfare in Palestine, 1917–1950, explores the local and global origins of a regime of child welfare governance during the years of the Mandate for Palestine.
Salim Tamari is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Birzeit University, a research associate at the Institute for Palestine Studies and editor of Jerusalem Quarterly. His recent publications include Mountain Against the Sea: Essays on Palestinian Society and Culture (2009); Year of the Locust: A Soldier’s Diary and the Erasure of Palestine’s Ottoman Past (2011); (with Issam Nassar) The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh (2014); The Great War and the Remaking of Palestine (2017); Jerusalem properties and endowments in the 20th century (with Munir Fakhr ed-Din, forthcoming 2018 in Arabic). He holds a PhD in sociology from Manchester University and was a visiting professor at Ca Foscari University, Georgetown University, New York University, Cornell University, University of Chicago, Harvard University and Columbia University.
Agamemnon Tselikas is a graduate of classical philology of the University of Athens and a specialist in Greek paleography. He completed his postgraduate studies in Venice and Paris. Since 1980 he has been the director of the Center for History and Paleography (IPA) of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation. He has carried out more than two hundred missions throughout Greece and the Middle East for the digitization of manuscripts. He has also taught courses on Greek paleography at the universities of Patras, Corfu and Ravenna and has conducted a seminar on Greek paleography at the IPA for the last 35 years.
Kirill Vakh is a historian and an archivist. Since 1999 he has been the director of Indrik publishing house, which specializes in the humanities. He is also the editor of the web platform Ierusalimsky Pravoslavny Seminar for scholars working on the history of the Holy Land. He has participated in numerous different archival and publishing projects as well as in exhibitions concerning the history of the Russian presence in the Holy Land.
Yair Wallach is Lecturer in Israeli Studies in SOAS, University of London, where he is also the head of the SOAS Centre for Jewish Studies. He specializes in the cultural, material and social history of modern Palestine/Israel. He has written on topics such as maps as symbols in Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, and “shared space” in modern Jerusalem. He is currently working on a book on Arabic and Hebrew street texts in Jerusalem under late Ottoman and British rule.
Mahmoud Yazbak is Senior Lecturer in Palestinian History at the Department of Middle Eastern History of the University of Haifa. He studied at the University of Haifa, the Hebrew University in Western Jerusalem and Oxford. He is the author of numerous articles and of Haifa in the Late Ottoman Period, 1864–1914: A Muslim Town in Transition (1998). He is also the coeditor (with Yfaat Weiss) of Haifa Before and After 1948: Narratives of a Mixed City (2011).