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Current Member

Joel Blecher

Elizabeth and J. Richardson Dilworth Fellow

Affiliation

Historical Studies

Field of Study

Islamic History, History of Capitalism

Home Institution

The George Washington University

Joel Blecher is a scholar of Islamic history and Islamic thought. At IAS, he will be writing a new history of the transoceanic spice routes of the thirteenth to sixteenth centuries, and will explore how Islamic visions of a moral economy came to dominate the ethics of world trade prior to the rise of modern capitalism.

Dates at IAS

Member
School of Historical Studies
current
Spring

Degrees

Princeton University
Ph.D.
2013
Princeton University
M.A.
2010
Swarthmore College
B.A.
2004

Honors

2019-2020
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
2018-2020
Kluge Fellowship, Library of Congress
2016-2018
Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-country Fellowship
2018
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship

Appointments

The George Washington University
2022
Associate Professor of History
The George Washington University
2016–2022
Assistant Professor of History
Washington & Lee University
2013–2016
Assistant Professor of Religion