picture-75-1364849100        Jonathan Endelman is a third year Sociology graduate student at Yale  from Houston, Texas. He  from Emory University in 2010 with a BA in Middle Eastern studies. He spent a year in Cairo on a Center for Arabic Study Abroad Scholarship at the American University in Cairo. Participated in Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic in Amman, Jordan and for Turkish in Bursa, Turkey. He is interested in examining the transition from the late Ottoman Empire to the era of independent nation states in the Arab Middle East. His areas of interest include: Comparative and Historical Sociology, Political Sociology, Nationalism, Post-colonial Theory, and Sociological Theory. He is currently co-coordinator of the CHESS workshop with Catherine Arnold. Email:

picture-104-1364849870      Candas Pinar is a third year Sociology graduate student at Yale. She received her B.A. from Brown University in Religious Studies  and her M.A.  in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton.  She is interested in comparative and historical sociology, historical demography, gender, family, the Middle East & North Africa, and the Muslim world.. Email:


Mordechai (Mordu) Levy-Eichel is a historian of early modern Europe, with especial interest in Atlantic and English history, Jewish history, and intellectual history.  He found a way to combine these interests by examining changes in early modern education for his dissertation.



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