Keith David Watenpaugh

Keith David Watenpaugh headshot

Position Title
Director of Article 26 Backpack™

  • Article 26 Backpack™

Faculty Position

Professor and Founding Director of Human Rights Studies
College of Letters and Science


  • Human Rights Studies
  • Humanitarianism
  • Refugee Studies
  • Higher Education in Emergencies

Selected Books and Publications

  • Bread from Stones: The Middle East and the Making of Modern Humanitarianism (University of California Press, 2015)
  • We Will Stop Here and Go No Further: Syrian University Students and Scholars in Turkey (2014)
  • “Syria’s Lost Generation” Chronicle of Higher Education, June 3, 2013

Selected Fellowships and Research Awards

  • Ford Foundation Core Grant
  • Visiting Fellow, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy, American University of Beirut
  • Distinguished Visitor, American Academy in Berlin
  • Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Senior Fellow in International Peace, United States Institute of Peace
  • Fulbright Scholar, Syria


  • B.A. with Honors, History and Near Eastern Languages and CivilizationsUniversity of Washington
  • M.A. and Ph.D. Modern Middle East History, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)