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Philip S. Khoury (born October 15, 1949) is Ford International Professor of History and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[1] He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut.[2]

Philip S. Khoury
Born(1949-10-15)October 15, 1949
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationAmerican University of Beirut
Trinity College (BA, 1971)
Harvard University (Ph.D. 1980)
Known forFord International Professor of History and Associate Provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Khoury was born on October 15, 1949, in Washington, D.C. the son of Shukry E. Khoury, a naturalized American lawyer of Palestinian origin, and Angela Jurdak Khoury, a Lebanese diplomat and educator. He was educated at the Sidwell Friends School (1953–1967) in Washington and then at the American University of Beirut, Trinity College (BA, 1971), and Harvard University (PhD, 1980). In 1981, he joined MIT as an assistant professor of history, rising to the rank of professor.

From 1991-2006, Khoury served as Dean of the MIT School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. During his deanship, he helped to maintain the national leadership of his school's doctoral programs, introduced new master's programs in Comparative Media Studies and Science Writing, expanded its international studies faculty and programs, and raised considerable new endowment. In 2002, he was appointed the first Kenan Sahin Dean of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at MIT. He left the dean's office in 2006 to become Associate Provost responsible for overseeing MIT’s non-curricular arts programs and initiatives, including the MIT Museum and the List Visual Arts Center, strategic planning for international education and research, the promotion of the public understanding of science and technology, and the OpenCourseWare Publishing Initiative.

Khoury established in 1985, and has chaired ever since, the Emile Bustani Middle East Seminar, an MIT forum focused on contemporary Middle Eastern affairs. He also co-founded in 1986 and chaired until 2006, the John E. Burchard Scholars Program, MIT's undergraduate society of fellows in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

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. He has received the Distinguished Alumni Medal of the American University of Beirut, the Alumni Medal of Excellence of Trinity College, and the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Sidwell Friends School.


Other positionsEdit

Publications (partial list)Edit

  • Urban Notables and Arab Nationalism (Cambridge University Press, 1983, 2003) ISBN 0-521-53323-6;
  • Syria and the French Mandate (Princeton University Press, 1987), ISBN 0-691-05486-X, received the George Louis Beer Prize [11] of the American Historical Association.

Khoury is co-editor of: