Thomas Dolan

Thomas Dolan
Office Hours: Wednesday 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Thomas Dolan is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at George Washington University, focusing on Middle Eastern diaspora and race. A recent recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Global Excellence Scholarship, Thomas' research has also been supported by the Institute for Middle East Studies, Dr. Philip M. Kayal Fund for Arab American Research, Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Bentley Historical Library Bordin-Gillette Fellowship, Loeb Institute for Religious Freedom and the Armenian General Benevolent Union. He is an alumnus of NYU, the New School's Institute for Critical Social Inquiry, and Yale University. Thomas is currently a visiting researcher at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, and has recently published in Huffington PostMuftah, and HowlRound. Prior to returning to graduate school, Thomas performed and produced work at Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Studio 54, among others.


Student Spotlight

Where are you from?
I was born in Bermuda and grew up in South Florida. 

What did you study in undergrad and where?
I majored in History and International Studies at Yale University. I received my master's degree in American Studies from New York University. 

What are you studying/researching now?
I am pursuing a PhD in American Studies, concentrating on Middle Eastern diaspora and race. 

Why did you decide to come to George Washington University?
Because it fits my fields of interest, and I had some strong persuasion from Prof. Melani McAlister. 

What is your favorite part of living in D.C. so far?
Exploring the restaurant scene and not having to fight through tourists in Times Square. 

Do you have any hobbies or special interests? 
I like swimming and exercising in general. I also love music. I was actually in an a capella group in college.

What are your future career goals?
To change the world, starting by fixing America. 


Prizes, Fellowships, & Grants


Thomas Dolan won an award from the Dr. Philip M Kayal Fund for Arab American Research. He presented a paper at the American Studies Association Conference titled “Empty Space: Unsettling Empire in Arab Detroit” as well as “Expertise and Authority: Contesting Journalistic Priorities in the Arab World” at the Arab German Young Academy of Science and Humanities conference in cooperation with the Goethe-Institute Kairo. Thomas is currently in residence at the Doha Institute.

Dolan also won a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Global Excellence Scholarship to support his research for two years. Established in 1956, The Calouste Gulbenkian foundation's purpose is to foster knowledge and raise quality of life across the world through the arts, charity, science and education. The foundation is headquartered in Lisbon, but also maintains offices in Paris and London. The Global Excellence Scholarship, targeting highly qualified Armenian graduate students from all over the world, is a full scholarship, based on a global competition of up to 50,000 USD per year for a maximum of four years. Up to four scholarships are provided per year.

Jeffrey C. Kasch Foundation Research Grant.