Research

Research

Blog contributions from ACOR Fellows and invited contributors.

The Administrative Judiciary in Jordan

Steven Schaaf is an ACOR-CAORC Fellow and a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the George Washington University. His research focuses on the comparative analysis of administrative courts in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. Below he writes about...

Light from the East

Dr. Gary Rollefson, anthropologist and recent National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellow at ACOR, writes below about his ongoing research in the desolate Black Desert of eastern Jordan.  In 1980, Alison Betts, a doctoral student at...
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The Internet and Social Media in Jordan’s Information Age—An ACOR Video Lecture

The ACOR Video Lecture Series provides accessible discussions of new research into the past and present of Jordan and the broader Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean worlds. This video was adapted from the September 2017...

Lithics and Learning—Communities of Practice at Kharaneh IV

An ACOR Blog article by recent ACOR fellow Felicia De Peña on her research into stone tool making and experimental archaeology. Felicia was awarded the Kenneth W. Russell Fellowship (2017-2018).   For years, I have been drawn...

Mining Manuscripts of the Ottoman Archives

   Sarah Islam is a Ph.D. candidate in History at Princeton University and an ACOR-CAORC pre-doctoral fellow for 2015–2016. In order to complete her research project, which deals with the evolving historical discourse on blasphemy as...

The Evolution of Identity and Social Conflict in Networked Jordan

Geoffrey Hughes is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellow at ACOR and an anthropologist and lecturer at the London School of Economics. He is residing at ACOR during summer 2017 while he pursues...

Studying a Hard-to-Reach Population of Syrian Refugees

Political scientist and ACOR-CAORC fellow Rana B. Khoury was in Jordan during fall 2016 researching networks of Syrian activists. She writes below about her research methodology. As researchers, we ask many questions related to the characteristics...

Producing Extra Virginity in Jordan

Brittany Barrineau, ACOR-CAORC pre-doctoral fellow for 2016–2017, writes below about her research into the social, political, and economic forces that are transforming Jordan’s traditional but rapidly evolving olive oil industry.  The olive harvest festival in...

Gaza Refugees and the Reality of Statelessness

Recent ACOR-CAORC senior fellow Michael Perez writes below about his recent research on ex-Gaza refugees who are currently living without citizenship in Jordan. Dr. Perez is a professor of anthropology at the University of Washington in...

Khirbat Iskandar—A New View of Urbanism in Early Bronze Age Jordan

Recent ACOR-CAORC fellow and senior archaeologist Suzanne Richard writes below about how her ongoing excavations at the central Jordan site of Khirbat Iskander are revising long-held views of the Early Bronze Age urban collapse. In the...
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