B.A. Lebanese American University
M.A. American University of Beirut
M.A. Northeastern University
Ph.D. Northeastern University
Areas of Interest
Research and Teaching
Sana Tannoury-Karam is a historian of the modern Middle East, with a specialization in the intellectual and social history of Mandate Lebanon and a focus on the history of the political left, internationalism/nationalism, and the sociology of intellectuals. She received her PhD in World History from Northeastern University in 2017.
Dr. Tannoury-Karam’s research combines social and biographic history with recent intellectual global history approaches to recover the ways Arab intellectuals engaged with the political sphere and negotiated their presence within new structures of power emerging in post-war Lebanon. She engages with recent global intellectual history that complicates the relationship between the national and the international, and challenges the history of movement of ideas from the ‘West to the rest. Dr. Tannoury Karam’s book project, The Making of a Leftist Milieu: Anti-Colonialism, Anti-Fascism, and the Political Engagement of Intellectuals in Mandate Lebanon, 1920-1948, chronicles the political organization and activism of a group of intellectuals who advocated for social justice, the international solidarity of the working class, the need to fight capitalism, and the interconnectivity between the class struggle and the anti-imperialist struggle. Her book also places the Arab women’s movement and feminist activism during the Mandate period in relation to class and politics.
She is currently a co-editor of and contributor in the volume Global Anti-Imperialism from the Interwar to Early Cold War Years (Leiden University Press/Chicago University Press forthcoming). She is also contributing a chapter on Arab anti-fascism in the volume Anti-Fascism in a Global Perspective: Transnational Networks, Exile Communities, and Radical Internationalism (Routledge, forthcoming).
Dr. Tannoury-Karam has taught modern Middle East History and World History, including a course she taught at Rice in Fall 2018 on the state, economy, and societies of the modern middle east. She is also teaching a seminar on the global left that she has designed for the history department in Spring 2019.