Philip S. Khoury ’71

Philip S. Khoury completed a self-designed Arab studies major at Trinity and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is the associate provost and the Ford International Professor of History at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He joined the MIT history faculty in 1981 and 10 years later was named dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS). In 2002, he was named Kenan Sahin Dean of SHASS, a position he held until 2006, when he was named associate provost. A political and social historian of the Middle East, Khoury has authored and edited many books, including Syria and the French Mandate (Princeton University Press), which received the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and Tribes and State Formation in the Middle East (University of California Press). He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Khoury, a trustee since 2000, serves as a vice chair of the board. In 2006, he was honored by the College with the Alumni Medal for Excellence. He is the chair of the Academic and Campus Affairs Committee as well as the chair of the Compensation Committee. In addition he is a member of the Executive and Planning Committee and Governance Committee.

Khoury and his wife, Beth Raffeld, reside in Somerville, Massachusetts.