Elaine Van Dalen

Elaine van Dalen is Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies at Columbia University. She is a philologist working on medical, botanical, and agricultural texts from the Classical Islamic world. Her research questions relate to the transmission and translation of knowledge, history of scholarship and writing, history of ideas, and philosophy of science. She teaches Columbia’s Contemporary Civilization course, and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies’ core course Asian Humanities.

She received her PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Manchester in 2017. She obtained BA degrees in Arabic and Hebrew and Aramaic Languages and Cultures from Leiden University, Netherlands (2011), and an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo (2014). She was the recipient of the Magda Nowaihi Award in gender studies in 2014. Before joining Columbia University, she taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Manchester, and she was a postdoctoral fellow in the ERC project PhilAnd at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

Elaine Van Dalen serves as an Advisory Committee Member.