P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Sa'ed Atshan, 2009

Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Swarthmore College

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

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University

Dr. Sa’ed Atshan is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College. He previously served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He earned a Joint Ph.D. in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies and an MA in Social Anthropology from Harvard University, and a Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. 

He published two books in 2020: Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique (Stanford University Press) and The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press).

Atshan has been awarded multiple grants and fellowships, including from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Open Society Foundations, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. He is also the recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship and a Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace. He has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union, the UN High Commission on Refugees, Human Rights Watch, Seeds of Peace, the Palestinian Negotiations Affairs Department, and the Government of Dubai. He is also a Palestinian, Quaker, and LGBTQ human rights activist. 

  • PhD Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies | Harvard University 2013
  • MA Social Anthroplogy | Harvard University 2010
  • MPP Public Policy | Harvard University 2008
  • BA Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies | Swarthmore College 2006
Work History
  • Swarthmore College, Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies | March 2021 - PRESENT
  • University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Senior Research Scholar in Middle Eastern Studies | August 2020 - PRESENT
  • Swarthmore College, Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies | August 2017 - March 2021
  • Swarthmore College, Visiting Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies | August 2015 - August 2017
  • Brown University, Postdoctoral Fellow in International Studies | August 2013 - August 2015
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