Nadia Abu El-Haj is (2002) a member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, at the University of Chicago. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1995 and was awarded a fellowship to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Her research interests include nationalism, colonialism, the politics of identity, public culture and the Middle East.
Dr. Abu El-Haj was born in New York in 1962 grew up in Tehran and Beirut, where she went to high school. She attended Bryn Mawr for her Bachelor of Arts degree, and received her doctoral degree from Duke University. Between 1993 and 1995, she did post-doctoral work with a fellowship from Harvard University's Academy for International and Area Studies with a focus on the Middle East. She secured further academic credentials by way of fellowships from the University of Pennsylvania Mellon Program, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. She is a former Fulbright Fellow and the recipient of many awards including the SSRC-McArthur Grant in International Peace and Security, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the National Endowment for the Humanities among others. Abu El-Haj has lectured at the New York Academy of Sciences, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton, the University of Cambridge, the London School of Economics (LSE), and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. She also served on the faculty of the Anthropology Department at the University of Chicago. She is one of the Associate Editors of the American Ethnologist: A Journal of the American Ethnological Society.