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
- Middle East Report Publishes Al-Tikriti Interview on EU Migration PolicyOn June 18, 2018, the Middle East Report (MER) published an interview Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies Nabil Al-Tikriti completed with MSF / Doctors Without Borders colleague Aurélie Ponthieu on European Union migration policy. This interview was informed by Prof. Al-Tikriti's May 2015 service with MSF colleagues on the Bourbon Argos, who rescued over... Read more »
- Nabil Al-Tikriti Lectures at Virginia Tech – SPIAOn 19 April, Associate Professor of History Nabil Al-Tikriti spoke at Virginia Tech’s School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), in Alexandria, VA. The topic presented was the global humanitarian system and its impact in the Middle East and other zones of crisis. Attendees included both Virginia Tech SPIA graduate... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti Joins Middle East Studies Book Prize CommitteeOn Feb. 19, Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History Nabil Al-Tikriti agreed to join the 2018 Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Book Prize Committee. For this service, the five committee members must review a total of approximately 125 books for three prizes: The Albert Hourani Book Award was established in 1991... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti Joins Fulbright Liaison Scholar WorkshopOn 16 February, Professor Nabil Al-Tikriti attended a Fulbright Scholar Liaison (FSL) workshop at the Institute for International Education (IIE) in Washington, DC. In the course of this workshop, IIE informed and prompted guest FSL attendees from throughout the nation on various Fulbright programs, and related initiatives to internationalize campuses. Issues addressed in the course... Read more »
- Al-Tikriti speaks at UC San Diego and Soka UniversityOn Dec. 1, Prof. Nabil Al-Tikriti of the Department of History and American Students spoke to students at the University of California-San Diego about his experiences as a relief worker, the ideals of medical humanitarianism, and the challenges faced by medical NGOs. The next day, Al-Tikriti spoke to students and... Read more »