Philip Khoury

Associate Provost, MIT; Chairman of the Advisory Board

Philip S. Khoury is Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Professor Khoury was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and educated at the Sidwell Friends School, the American University of Beirut, Trinity College and Harvard University. He joined the MIT History Faculty in 1981 and was appointed Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences in 1991, Kenan Sahin Dean in 2002, and Associate Provost in 2006.

Professor Khoury, as Associate Provost, is responsible for overseeing MIT's non-curricular arts programs and initiatives, including the MIT Museum and the List Visual Arts Center; MIT's strategic planning for international education and research; MIT's efforts to promote the public understanding of science and technology; and enhancing existing activities and new opportunities at the intersections of MIT's five schools: Architecture and Planning, Engineering, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Management, and Science. Also reporting to him is MIT's OpenCourseWare (OCW) Publishing Initiative.

Professor Khoury is a political and social historian of the Middle East. Among his publications are Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism (Cambridge University Press); Syria and the French Mandate (Princeton University Press), which received the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association; Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (University of California Press); The Modern Middle East: A Reader (Palgrave/MacMillan); and Recovering Beirut: Urban Design and Post-war Reconstruction (Brill).

Professor Khoury is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. He is a past President of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History and the advisory board of Historical Abstracts. In 1985, he established the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar at MIT, a public forum for the examination of contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. He is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the World Peace Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trinity College, and serves as Trustee of the National Humanities Center and the Toynbee Prize Foundation. He is also an Overseer of Koç University in Istanbul, a member of the Academic Research Council in Singapore, and has served as a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Director of the Harvard Cooperative Society.

Professor Khoury has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright-Hays Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, and Thomas J. Watson Foundation. He has been a Visiting Associate of St. Antony's College in the University of Oxford, and a Faculty Associate of Harvard University's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.