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.
"Feeding the City: The Beirut Municipality and Civilian Provisioning During World War I,” in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 46 (2014), 737-758.
“Politics of Wartime Relief in Ottoman Beirut,” in First World War Studies, 5 (2014): 69-82.
“Food and Nutrition (Ottoman Empire/Middle East),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2014-10-8.
“Disease and Public Health (Ottoman Empire/Middle East),” in 1914-1918-online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War, ed. Ute Daniel, Peter Gatrell, Oliver Janz, Heather Jones, Jennifer Keene, Alan Kramer, issued by Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin 2014-10-8.
"Review of Haugbolle, Sune, War and Memory in Lebanon." H-Levant, H-Net Reviews. October, 2010.
Hist 104: Intro to the Modern Middle East (https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/mme/)
CICS 301: Theory and Practice of Human Rights (https://sites.google.com/a/umich.edu/cics301/)