Visiting fellow, January - February 2019
Owain Lawson is a PhD candidate in history at Columbia University, focusing on the twentieth-century Middle East. He holds an MA and MPhil from Columbia, an MA from the American University in Cairo, and a BA from Concordia University (Montréal). He is senior editor of Arab Studies Journal and website editor for the Lebanese Studies Association. His dissertation examines the history of the development of the Litani river between 1931 and 1975. By putting the Litani project at the center of its historical narrative, the dissertation reexamines the history of modern Lebanon, postcolonial development, and interrelations among technology, society, and environment.