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Hakem Al-Rustom

Alex Manoogian Professor of Modern Armenian History; Assistant Professor, History

Office Information:

1642 Haven Hall
phone: 734.763.2231

International Institute; Armenian Studies Program; ASP Faculty; Center for Russian, East European, & Eurasian Studies; CREES Faculty Associates; Center for Middle Eastern & North African Studies; CMENAS Faculty


PhD, Social Anthropology, London School of Economics
MSc, Social Anthropology, London School of Economics, 2002
BA Hon, Dalhousie University, 2001
BSc, Economics, Dalhousie University, 1999


  • Arabic: Fluent (Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian colloquial, and Levantine colloquial)
  • French: Advanced
  • Turkish: Intermediate
  • Armenian: Reading knowledge
  • Ottoman Turkish: Reading knowledge
  • Greek, liturgical: Reading knowledge

Research Areas

  • Silences and absences; the state; indigeneity; displacement and migration; storytelling; anthropology of history.
  • Middle East; Balkans; Post-Ottoman societies; modern Armenians; Turkey; modern France; Middle Eastern Christians and Islam

Courses taught


  • Program in Anthropology and History
  • Armenian Studies Program
  • Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
  • Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies

Selected Publications
‘Rethinking the “Post-Ottoman”: Anatolian Armenians as an Ethnographic Perspective’ in Anthropology of the Middle East. Soraya Altorki, ed. Blackwell, 2015.

‘Diaspora Activism and the Politics of Locality: The Armenians of France’ in Diaspora and Transnational Studies Companion. Ato Quayson and Girish Daswani, eds. Blackwell, 2013.

‘The Arab/Jewish Counterpoint: An Interview with Daniel Barenboim on the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’ in Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation, 2010.

Edward Said: A Legacy of Emancipation and Representation. University of California Press, 2010 (co-editor).