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Melanie Schulze Tanielian

Assistant Professor

Office Location(s): 2520 Haven Hall
Phone: 734.647.4616
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • History
    • Armenian Studies Program
    • Program in International and Comparative Studies
  • Fields of Study
    • Social and cultural history of the modern Middle East
    • War, violence and human rights
    • History of youth and childhood, Early 20th-century Lebanon
  • About

    Melanie S. Tanielian is assistant professor in the History Department at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She received her PhD in history from the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Prof. Beshara Doumani. Her dissertation, "The War of Famine: Everyday Life in Wartime Beirut and Mount Lebanon (1914-1918)", is a socio-economic study of daily life at the Lebanese homefront during the First World War, seen through the lens of famine, family, disease and medicine, as well as local, state, and international humanitarian relief.  

    Her research and teaching interests include the social and cultural history of WWI in the Middle East, the emergence of religious philanthropic societies and their work in times of conflict, the history of German missionaries, social Protestantism and modern humanitarianism, disease, medicine, and hospitals, the history Childhood and Youth.

    Her research has been supported by the Allan Sharlin Memorial Grant for Dissertation Research, the DAAD Graduate Fellowship, and the Sultan Fellowship from the Center of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

    M. Tanielian has lived, studied and traveled extensively in the Middle East.

    Selected publications:
    Melanie S. Tanielian. "Review of Haugbolle, Sune, War and Memory in Lebanon." H-Levant, H-Net Reviews. October, 2010.

    Signature courses:
    Hist 104: Intro to the Modern Middle East (
    CICS 301: Theory and Practice of Human Rights (

  • Education
    • PhD University of California-Berkeley, 2012