Mark completed a Ph.D. at NYU's Dept. of Middle Eastern Studies in 1999, after which he held postdoctoral positions at Cornell University's Society for the Humanities and the European University Institute's Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, in Florence, Italy before accepting a position at the University of California, Irvine, where he is presently a Professor and Director of the Global Middle East Studies Program.
His research and teaching focus on the following issues: histories, theologies and political and cultural economies of the Middle East, Africa and Islam in the modern and contemporary periods; Palestine/Israel; cultural production, revolution and resistance in the Middle East and Africa; modern and contemporary Iraq, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco; art and conflict in West Africa (including Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya); comparative studies of imperialism and colonialism, urban planning and architecture (history and theory); critical theory and globalization studies with a comparative focus on popular cultures and performance activism, and religion in Europe and the Muslim world; peace and conflict studies; and comparative nationalisms.
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