Alumni Profiles

“Be proud of your success thus far in becoming a CASA Fellow. Honor the legacy of CASAwiyiin, starting with the first class from 1967, and embrace the opportunities CASA offers you (in Jordan and in Egypt and beyond). Take full advantage of both the classroom experiences and the out-of-class ‘real life’ experiences. And take every opportunity to return to the Arab Region so you can fully (and repeatedly) immerse yourself in the culture, language, politics, society and economy of your 'second home' in the Arab world.”  - Denis Sullivan, CASA alum


Laurie Brand

1977 (Summer); 1978 – 1979 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Robert Grandford Wright Professor of International Relations and Middle East Studies 
and Director, Middle East Studies Program at the University of Southern California

Los Angeles

Katherine Dunn

Summer 2009, Damascus

Protection Officer, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency)

Gaziantep, Turkey

Evelyn A. Early

1969 (CASA I Summer); 1970-1971 (CASA I Full Year)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Policy and Development Consultant

I move among New Mexico, Washington, D.C., and overseas assignments

Ben Gittleson

2011-2012 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

International Assignment Editor, ABC News

New York, NY

Alan Mikhail

2003 - 2004 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Professor of History at Yale University

New Haven, CT

Max Shmookler

2007-2008 (CASA I)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

PhD Candidate in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University

New York, NY

Denis Sullivan

1984-85 (CASA I); 2008-09 (CASA III)

American University in Cairo (AUC)

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs & Co-Director, Middle East Center at Northeastern University; Director, Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies

Boston, MA