Departments/ProgramsNear Eastern and Judaic Studies
DegreesThe London School of Economics, M.S.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.Arch.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, B.S.
ExpertiseMiddle East; politics; early Muslim history; modern Arab thought; uban history; politics of modern Iraq; politics of art and architecture. Teaches and studies modern Arab politics with particular reference to the regime of the Ba'th party in Iraq.
ProfileWritten on politics, art and architecture under the Ba'th in Iraq (1968-2003). Previously engaged in working with the U.S. government and the Iraqi opposition to develop a detailed roadmap for the democratization of Iraq after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime. Founded Iraq Memory Foundation in Baghdad in 2003. Currently working on filures of Iraqi political elite post 2003.
|IMES||105a||War and Revolution in the Middle East|
|NEJS||196b||The Middle Eastern City: Intersections of Art, Literature and History|
|NEJS||197b||Political Cultures of the Middle East|
Awards and Honors
Received Honorary PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem on June 3, 2007. (2007)
Member of the Board of Trustees, The American University of Iraq in Sulaymaniyya (2006)
Secured grants for the Iraq Memory Foundation to complete scanning of their 11 million pages of documents (2005)
Honorary Doctorate from Tel Aviv University (2003)
Lionel Gelber Prize for Best Book on International Relations published in English (Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising and the Arab World) (1993)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Best 1992 Television Documentary on Foreign Affairs (Saddam's Killing Fields) (1992)
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. "‘Wrought By Neglect,”, February 28, 2011." Newsweek February 28, 2011.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. "“What Is Totalitarian Art?” Published in May/June 2011." Foreign Affairs (2012).
Iraqi Testimonies, 2008. Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. 2010.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Al Qaswa wa Al Samt (Cruelty and Silence). 1993. Berlin and Baghdad: 2010.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Is Iraq Viable. Crown Centre, Brandeis University. Waltham: 2009.
Alan Johnson, ed. Global Politics After 9/11. London, 2008.: The Foreign Policy Centre, 2008.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. The Monument: Art and Vulgarity in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Updated ed. I.B. Tauris, 2004.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. The Rock: A Tale of Seventh-Century Jerusalem. Pantheon Books, 2001.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq. University of California Press, 1998.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Cruelty and Silence: War, Tyranny, Uprising, and the Arab World. W.W. Norton, 1993.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. "Saddam's Killing Fields." WGBH Frontline
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Al-Harb alati lam Tuktamal (The Unfinished War). Saqi Books, 1991.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. The Monument: Art, Vulgarity, and Responsibility (pseud. Samir al-Khalil). University of California Press; Arabic: Al-Nusb a, 1991.
Enemies of the State. Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. BBC Everyman, 1990.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed. Post-Islamic Classicism: A Visual Essay on the Architecture of Mohamed Makiya. Saqi Books, 1990.
Makiya, Kanan Mohamed, Lattes, Jean-Claude. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (pseud. Samir al-Khalil). 2nd ed. University of California Press, 1989.