Doran rejects Brandeis offer, awaits University tenure
Michael Doran GS '97, a popular assistant professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, has decided to remain at Princeton after the dean of the faculty's office responded favorably to a competing job offer extended to him by Brandeis University.
"I am free to tell you that I will be staying on at Princeton," he said in an e-mail Monday afternoon.
NES department chair Andras Hamori confirmed that Doran decided to stay at the University after "Princeton responded generously to the Brandeis offer."
In mid-March, Brandeis extended a job offer to Doran — with tenure.
Though officials there were unavailable to comment, Doran confirmed earlier that he was named a candidate for the directorship of the university's new $30 million Center for Middle East Studies.
Brandeis' offer prompted Princeton's NES department to consider Doran for tenure and propose a counteroffer in order to retain him.
Just under two weeks after the Brandeis offer, the department recommended Doran for tenure to the Committee of Three, the group responsible for final tenure recommendations.
As of Tuesday, a final decision regarding Doran's tenure was still pending. There was no word on when a decision might be expected.
Doran's work focuses on political Islam, Arab nationalism and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Since Sept. 11, 2001, his interests have grown to include the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Osama bin Laden.
He has also published influential articles on the topics in the journal Foreign Affairs.
Doran also serves as an adjunct senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations, a foreign policy institute headquartered in New York City.
Before joining the University's faculty in 2000, he was an assistant professor of history at the University of Central Florida.
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