A major SSRC project of the past decade, Producing Knowledge on World Regions, has taken an in-depth look at the configuration of regional studies and internationalization in higher education. One component of the project focused specifically on the Middle East, and here program director Seteney Shami and Cynthia Miller-Idriss draw attention to key transformations and continuities in Middle East studies and how they relate to both regional dynamics and American perceptions and policies.
Cynthia Miller-Idriss is an associate professor of education and sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the International Training and Education Program in the School of Education. Professor Miller-Idriss earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University, and an MA in sociology, an MPP in public policy, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. Her current research follows two main trajectories, focused on the internationalization of higher education in the United States, and education and far right-wing youth culture in Germany. Dr. Miller-Idriss is the coeditor of Middle East Studies for the New Millennium: Infrastructures of Knowledge (with Seteney Shami; New York University Press, 2016) and is author of Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009). Forthcoming publications include a book on the commercialization of far right youth culture in Germany, a coauthored book (with Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami) on the global university and a coedited book on the cultural dimensions of right-wing extremism (with Fabian Virchow). Professor Miller-Idriss is a former fellow of the SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program.