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Denis Sullivan

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Professor of Political Science and International Affairs; Co-Director of Middle East Center

Dr. Denis Sullivan is professor of political science and international affairs, with a specialization in the Middle East. Dr. Sullivan is the author of dozens of journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs, blogs and encyclopedia entries plus a number of books, with special focus on Egypt, civil society, Islamism, and Egyptian-American security and economic relations. He is the founding Director of the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies and the founder of Northeastern’s Dialogue of Civilizations Program. His current work focuses on the Syrian and Yemen civil wars and refugee crises, and on citizenship in the Middle East.

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  • 2018-20, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Principal Investigator, “The Crisis and Future of Citizenship in the Arab Region” (BCARS research and policy project)
  • 2017-18, Scholar Rescue Fund, to mentor and host a refugee-scholar at risk, IIE – Institute of International Education
  • 2016-18, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Principal Investigator, “Learning from Syria and the Balkans: Policy Development related to Transnational Crises”
  • 2013-15, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Principal Investigator and Founding Director of the “Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies
  • 2012-18, “Project Global Officers (Project GO): Arabic Language training for ROTC Cadets”, IIE – Institute of International Education and U.S. Department of Defense
  • 2013-14, College of Social Sciences & Humanities Faculty Development Research support
  • 2011-12, Carnegie Corporation of New York & Social Science Research Council, “Islamic Traditions & Muslim Societies”
  • 2019, “Migrants and Refugees: Crisis Responses from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the EU,” Horizons: Journal of International Relations and Sustainable Development Winter 2019, Issue #13 (Senior author, with Allyson Hawkins)
  • 2019, “Egypt,” The Middle East and North Africa 2020(66th Ed.).  London: Routledge. (senior co-author, with Alice Verticelli)
  • 2017, “Five Myths About Syrian Refugees: Separating Fact from Fiction,” Foreign Affairs, March 22 (with Max Abrahms and Charles Simpson)
  • 2016, “Oasis in the Desert? Coproduced Governance & the future of Za’atari,” MERIP, April 2016 (co-authored with Charles Simpson).
  • 2016, “The History of Egypt,” The Middle East and North Africa 2016. London: Routledge. (senior co-author, with Alice Verticelli).
    2016, “Egypt”, Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, 2nd Edition, Richard C. Martin, ed. Macmillan Press (Gale, Cengage Learning).
  • 2015, “Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis: A Call for Regional and International Responses,” Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies.
  • 2014 “Security and Resilience among Syrian Refugees in Jordan,” MERIP (online), October 14, 2014. Senior co-author, with Sarah Tobin.
  • 2014 “The History of Egypt,” The Middle East and North Africa 2015. London: Routledge. (senior co-author, with Kimberly Jones).
  • 2013 Co-editor with Elsa Marston Harik, Democracy, Culture, and the Grip of Arab History: Essays honoring the work of Iliya Harik, a special issue of the Journal of New Media Studies in the Middle East and North Africa (August).