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Since its inception in 1967, CASA has graduated more than 1,700 fellows from its various institutions of higher education, government, business and non-government organizations. CASA is proud of all its fellows and the role they perform in promoting understanding of the Arab world.

Help sustain the CASA program for future generations of Middle East studies faculty, State Department leaders, NGO staff, and others who will help bridge the understanding of the rich culture and history of this region.


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Alumni Email List

If you are a CASA alumni and are not on our email list, please send your name, email, city, state, zip code and country to sends e-mail).

Alumni LinkedIn Group

If you would like to join the Alumni LinkedIn Group to connect with fellow alumni and stay up to date on CASA news, email sends e-mail) with the email that you used to set up your LinkedIn account so we can send you an invite.

Alumni Facebook Page

If you would like to join the CASA Alumni page please request to join the group on Facebook, and send us an email or Facebook message with your name, and what year you were a part of the program so we can approve your request.

Alumni Profiles

CASA Alumni

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Hossam Abouzahr

2011-2012 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)


Washington Metropolitan Area, Virginia
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Joel Beinin

1969 (Summer); 2004-2005 (CASA III)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus Stanford University

San Francisco Area
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Laurie Brand

1977 (Summer); 1978-1979 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies

Director, Middle East Studies Program at the University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

Katherine Dunn

2009 (Summer)


Protection Officer, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency)

Gaziantep, Turkey
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Evelyn A. Early

1969 (Summer); 1970-1971 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Policy and Development Consultant

New Mexico, Washington, D.C., Abroad
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Ben Gittleson

2011-2012 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

International Assignment Editor, ABC News

New York, NY
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Kay Heikkinen

2003-2004 (CASA III)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Ibn Rushd Lecturer in Arabic, Retired

University of Chicago

Seattle, WA

Stephen Kalin

2011-2012 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Journalist, Middle East Correspondent at Wall Street Journal

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Alan Mikhail

2003-2004 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Professor of History at Yale University

New Haven, CT
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Max Shmookler

2007-2008 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

PhD Candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University

New York, NY
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Denis Sullivan

1984-1985 (CASA I); 2008-2009 (CASA III)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs & Co-Director, Middle East Center at Northeastern University

Director, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies

Boston, MA