Adam Mestyan is a historian of the Middle East. At the moment, he is an assistant professor at the History Department of Duke University. Previously, he taught at Oxford University and held fellowships at Harvard University and at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. His first monograph, Arab Patriotism – The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt, presents the essential backstory to the formation of the modern nation-state in the Middle East (Princeton University Press, 2017; available also at Amazon). Mestyan has initiated Project Jara’id – A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic, an online bibliography.
In addition to his academic interests, he was the bass-guitarist of the legendary underground band the Galloping Coroners between 1996-2014 (VHK, Vágtázó Halottkémek) and established a number of other Hungarian bands (including Yava Folcore Punk Brigade and Dereng). Adam Mestyan also published two award-winning books of poems in Hungarian and continues to write poetry. He runs a marathon every year.