Research Associates


Don Babai

Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
(617) 495-7699
17 Sumner Road, 205
Political economy of the Middle East; international finance.

Lenore Martin

Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
CGIS Knafel Bldg. room N222
Lenore G. Martin (PhD, University of Chicago) is Professor of Political Science at Emmanuel College in Boston, and is co-chair of the Middle East Seminar at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs as well as co-chair of the Seminar on Modern Turkey at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Professor Martin has written books and numerous articles analyzing national security in the Gulf, the larger Middle East, and Turkey, including: The Unstable Gulf: Threats from Within, Lexington Books 1984, New Frontiers in Middle East Security, edited, St. Martin’s/Palgrave 1999 and 2001, and The Future of Turkish Foreign Policy, co-edited with Dimitris Keridis, MIT 2004. She has lectured and made presentations on many scholarly panels and symposiums in the United States and Canada, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. She has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Turkey. In 2006 she served as a member the Carter Center/NDI Monitoring team for the Palestinian elections. She has received multiple grants for her research including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Maurice Pechet Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences administered through the Kuwait Program Research Fund at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2005 and 2006 she received Fulbright Senior Specialist awards for work in Turkey. She is presently working on issues of Palestinian-Israeli peace and the security challenges posed by the Turkish-Kurdish-Iraq-U.S. interrelationship.

Susan Gilson Miller

Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies; Professor, Department of History, University of California, Davis
PhD, University of Michigan
Susan Gilson Miller is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. From 1991 to 2008, Prof. Miller directed the Moroccan Studies Program at CMES that brought outstanding scholars from the US, Europe and North Africa to CMES to lead seminars on Maghribi history and society. She also served as Associate Director of CMES from 1990 to 1999, directing the Master’s program in Middle Eastern Studies and coordinating three consecutive cycles of US Department of Education funding to support CMES activities. Her research and teaching interests at Harvard centered on the social and cultural history of colonial and post-colonial North Africa, with an emphasis on minority and urban studies. Her most recent books are The History of Modern Morocco (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2013); Berbers and Others: Beyond Tribe and Nation in the Maghrib (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010), the outcome of a conference held at CMES in 2006, and a collective volume, The Architecture and Memory of the Minority Quarter in the Muslim Mediterranean City (The Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and Harvard University Press, 2010). At UC Davis she teaches courses on North African history, Mediterranean history, and the History of Jews in the non-Western World. Her current research concerns rescuing and humanitarian relief in the Western Maghrib during World War II. She holds a B.A. from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan.

Sara Roy

Associate of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies
17 Sumner Road, Room 205
Sara Roy (Ed.D. Harvard University) is a senior research scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies specializing in the Palestinian economy, Palestinian Islamism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dr. Roy is also co-chair of the Middle East Seminar, jointly sponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and co-chair of the Middle East Forum at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Dr. Roy began her research in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in 1985 with a focus on the economic, social and political development of the Gaza Strip and on U.S. foreign assistance to the region. Since then she has written extensively on the Palestinian economy, particularly in Gaza, and on Gaza’s de-development, a concept she originated.

Dr. Roy is the author of The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development (Institute for Palestine Studies, 1995, 2001, third edition forthcoming); The Gaza Strip Survey (The West Bank Data Base Project, 1986); Failing Peace: Gaza and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (Pluto Press, 2007); and editor, The Economics of Middle East Peace: A Reassessment, Research in Middle East Economics, Volume 3 (Middle East Economic Association and JAI Press, 1999). Her most recent book, Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza: Engaging the Islamist Social Sector (Princeton University Press, 2011), was a winner of a 2012 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in Middle Eastern Studies. It was also chosen one of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles and one of the Top 25 Academic Books for 2012. The research for this book was funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Roy also has authored over 100 publications dealing with Palestinian issues and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Australia among other international venues.

In addition to her academic work, she serves on the Advisory Council of American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), and has served as a consultant to international organizations, the U.S. government, human rights organizations, private voluntary organizations, and private business groups working in the Middle East.