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Dylan Baun
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University of Alabama in Huntsville
Assistant Professor of History
Roberts Hall 416

301 Sparkman Drive

Huntsville, AL  

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About My Work
I am a historian of the modern Middle East and Islamic World with a focus on the history of youth and young people in the 20th century Middle East. My current research focuses on popular youth clubs and political organizations in mid-20th century Lebanon. Most of these groups operated in and around the capital Beirut, while also working to connect urban centers and rural hinterlands. These groups both leveraged physical and symbolic space in urban Beirut to exist and thrive, as well as extended their messages and services beyond the capital to gain national popularity during the 1940s-1950s. This work attempts to situate these groups within the history of one of the most important cities in the Middle East--culturally, economically and politically--Beirut, as well as more so integrate urban and rural histories of the Middle East into the study of global cities in the 20th century.
"The Gemmayzeh Incident of 1949: Conflict over Physical and Symbolic Space in Beirut." Arab Studies Journal vol. 25 no. 1 (Spring 2017): 92-122.

“Lebanon’s Youth Clubs and the 1936 Summer Olympics: Mobilizing Sports, Challenging Imperialism and Launching a National Project.” The International Journal of the History of Sport vol. 34, no. 13 (2018 online): 1347-65.
Professional Associations
Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
American Historical Association (AHA)
Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY)