Secretary-Treasurer Bio


Geoffrey D. Schad, Ph.D., SSA Secretary-Treasurer, is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of History and a Lecturer in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been involved in Middle East studies his entire adult life, having traveled to the region immediately after college as a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow studying Sufi music.  After obtaining his A.M. in Regional Studies-Middle East at Harvard, he worked in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. for nearly a decade before going to Penn for his Ph.D. in history.  He has taught at a number of institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, Franklin and Marshall College, and Albright College.  His major interest is in the social history of Syria during the French Mandate and the first decade or so of independence, his most recent paper being The figure of the native expert:  Lon Mourad in the service of the High Commission for Syria and Lebanon, delivered to the conference Experts and Expertise in the League of Nations Mandates:  Figures, Fields and Tools/Experts et expertises dans les mandats de la Socit des Nations:  figures, champs et outils held at INALCO in Paris in March.  He has served the Syrian Studies Association as newsletter editor, member at large, and secretary-treasurer, and is a cofounder and past editor of H-Levant.