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Marina Rustow, professor of history and Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, is among the 2015 MacArthur Fellows. Chosen for “extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self- direction,” fellows are awarded a grant of $625,000 to “pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations.” Prof. Rustow is pursuing research into the intersection of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities in the medieval Middle East, using documents from Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue to understand how the caliphal state ruled a diverse religious population. Learn more about her work.