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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Sa'ed Atshan, 2009

PhD, Harvard University

Sa'ed Atshan is the child of immigrants from Palestinian Territories and Jordan

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Anthropology at Harvard University

Sa'ed Atshan is an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College.  He has conducted research on the politics of humanitarian aid provision in the Palestinian Territories.  Atshan has worked with a range of organizations that include Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Seeds of Peace International Camp, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai.

Atshan holds a BA in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Swarthmore College, an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MA and PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at theWatson Institute for International Studies at Brown University.

Atshan has won awards and fellowships from  the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation. He was also awarded a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. Atshan grew up in the Occupied Palestinian Territories and he is passionate about Palestinian human rights, global LGBT rights, and Quakerism. 

  • PhD Anthropology | Harvard University 2013
  • MPP Public Policy | Harvard University 2008
  • BA Political Science | Swarthmore College 2006
Work History
  • Swarthmore College, Visiting Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Swarthmore College, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies
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