Elizabeth Derderian

Beth Derderian

Assistant Professor - Anthropology & Museum Studies

Office: Ebert 105
Phone: 330-263-2284
Email: bderderian@wooster.edu
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • B.A. Seattle University
  • M.A. New York University
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University 

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Museum Studies
  • Peoples & Cultures: Middle East North Africa
  • Museums and Political Conflict
  • Migration, Globalization & Transnationalism 

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • Fulbright IIE Fellowship
  • Honorable Mention: Association for Gulf & Arabian Peninsula Studies Dissertation Award
  • Honorable Mention: Student Paper Award, Middle East Section - AAA
  • American Anthropological Association
  • Council for Museum Anthropology
  • Middle East Studies Association
  • Association for Modern & Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran & Turkey (AMCA)


  • 2020 “Challenging terms: contemporary art and the disciplining of novelty in the UAE.” Museum Anthropology 43 (2).
  • 2017    “Authenticating an Emirati Art World: Claims of Tabula Rasa and Cultural Appropriation in the UAE.” Journal of Arabian Studies 7(1)12-27.
  • 2016    “Critique as Infrastructure: Organic Growth and the Rise of Visual Arts Organizations in the UAE.”  Future Imperfect: Contemporary Art Practices and Cultural Institutions in the Middle East, edited by Anthony Downey, 309-320. Berlin: Sternberg Press.

Research Interests

Cultural production, politics of representation, material culture, citizenship and national identity, migration and circulation, Middle East, Arabian Peninsula, gender