Nabil Al-Tikriti, Associate Professor of History, earned a Ph.D. (2004) in Ottoman history from the University of Chicago, an MIA (1990) from Columbia University, and a BSFS (1988) in Arab studies from Georgetown University. He also studied at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad’s advanced Arabic language immersion program at The American University in Cairo, and the advanced Turkish language immersion program at Bogaziçi University in Istanbul. In 2011 he was elected to serve a 3 year term as a member of the Board of Directors for MSF/Doctors Without Borders USA.
From 1992 to 2003, Dr. Al-Tikriti was a context and liaison officer, administrator, and logistician for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-Doctors Without Borders), an international humanitarian aid organization that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 70 countries. He worked in Jordan, Turkey, Albania, Iran, Syria and Somalia, and his duties included jointly conducting an exploratory mission determining potential Médecins Sans Frontières activity in Iraq; negotiating with community and clan leaders concerning team security and staff contracts; serving as liaison with United Nations, nongovernmental organizations, and local government personnel; and controlling personnel issues for more than 200 local staff in a war zone. In 2011, he was elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the MSF-USA Board of Directors, and in 2013 he served as Deputy Head of Mission for an MSF team operating in Syria.
Dr. Al-Tikriti also has served as a polling station supervisor and election monitor for nine elections since 1997 in Bosnia, Kosovo, Ukraine, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, and Albania for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In conjunction with his interest in peace and conflict, Dr. Al-Tikriti researched the effects on Iraqi civil society of the 2003 Anglo-American invasion after being awarded a 2007-2008 Jennings Randolph Fellowship at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington D.C.
Dr. Al-Tikriti’s publications on early modern Ottoman intellectual history, contemporary Iraqi cultural patrimony, higher education and forced migration have appeared in a number of journals, edited volumes, and web reports. He has received several grants and scholarships, including a 2000 Fulbright Fellowship and a 2011 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)/American Research Institute in Turkey (ARIT) grant.
He has delivered conference lectures and presentations throughout the United States and in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Japan. In 2011, he served as external discussant and delivered the keynote address, “The State of the Middle East Studies in the American Academy,” for the 5th Joint International Workshop in Tokyo, organized by Kyoto University and the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. In 2012-13 he offered lectures on Ottoman History, translation, and contemporary Iraq in Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt.
Dr. Al-Tikriti is a member of the American Historical Association, the Middle East Studies Association and the MSF/Doctors Without Borders U.S. Association.
Nabil Al-Tikriti in the News
- Al-Tikriti Speaks at NYC’s LaGuardia Community CollegeNew York City's LaGuardia Community College hosted Associate Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti at a Nov. 2 career planning event titled "Between the World and Me." Al-Tikriti, former vice president of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)/Doctors Without Borders USA, spoke to LaGuardia student and faculty audiences twice in the day, joining panels that also featured... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti Presents Paper at Budapest WorkshopAssociate Professor of History and American Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti presented a paper titled "Registering Slavery, Takfīring Enemies, Tasting Death: Şehzade Korkud’s (d. 1513) Contributions to Ottoman Religio-Political Policies." It was presented at the "(Re)thinking Ottoman Sunnitization, ca. 1450-1700" workshop, held on August 25-26, at Budapest's Central European University (CEU). The... Read more »
- UMW Named Top Producer of Fulbright StudentsThe University of Mary Washington has been named one of the top producers of U.S. Fulbright students, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Last spring, four UMW students and alumni were selected to travel, teach and explore new cultures thanks to prestigious Fulbright grants. The awards highlight the best... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti Joins MSF Association Event in PortlandAs part of his duties as vice president of MSF / Doctors Without Borders USA, Middle East History Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti joined an MSF Association open board meeting, hub gathering and Association retreat in Portland, Oregon. The event took place Feb. 3-4 and consisted of two days of reflective sessions... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti Joins MESA Panel Discussion on Ottoman SeasOn Friday, Nov. 18, Associate Professor of Middle East History Nabil Al-Tikriti served as the discussant for the second of two panels titled "Ottoman Seas," which took place in Boston at the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference. As the panel discussant, Al-Tikriti placed the panel papers within the context... Read more »