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Dr Hilary Kalmbach

Post:Senior Lecturer in Middle East History (History)
Other posts:Director (The Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex)
Location:ARTS A A131

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 877454
International:+44 1273 877454

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Dr Hilary Kalmbach's first degree was from Princeton University, in Near Eastern Studies, during which she studied Arabic at Middlebury College's Summer Language School.  She then held a Fulbright Fellowship in Damascus, Syria, and a Clarendon Fellowship, which funded her masters and doctoral studies at St Antony's College, Oxford.  At Oxford, she worked with Dr Walter Armbrust (supervisor), Dr Eugene Rogan (instructor, examiner), and Dr James McDougall (examiner).  Before coming to Sussex, she held a postdoctoral position, the Sir Christopher Cox Junior Fellowship at New College, Oxford.  

Dr Kalmbach served as President of the Syrian Studies Assocation (SSA) in 2016 and 2017.  She is currently on the councils of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the British Society for Islamic Studies (BRAIS), and a member of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA).  


Dr Hilary Kalmbach is Lecturer in Middle Eastern History in the History Department at the University of Sussex.  

Dr Kalmbach served as the founding director of MENACS, the Middle East and North Africa Centre at Sussex between 2014 and 2017.  

Community and Business

Dr Kalmbach was Sussex's representative on the UK International Unit's MENA Community of Practice, as well as on the advisory board for a documentary film, The Light in Her Eyes.  She has been interviewed for media and documentary projects related to the Middle East.  She has also contributed essays related to her research and the region to e-magazines and business briefing services.