Mark Wagner Named LSU Senior Scholar Rainmaker

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Dr. Mark Wagner, 2022 Senior Scholar Rainmaker

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BATON ROUGE—Mark Wagner, professor of Arabic in the LSU Department of World Languages, Literatures & Cultures in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, has been named as a 2022 Rainmaker by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development (ORED). ORED, in partnership with Campus Federal Credit Union, selects six faculty members who balance their teaching and research responsibilities while extending the impact of their work to the world beyond academia.
Wagner received the Rainmaker Award for Senior Scholar in the Arts, Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences category for his sustained program of exceptional research, creative activities, and scholarship. Rainmakers include faculty who are at the early, middle and senior stages of their careers and have established track records in securing external research funding and publishing in high-impact journals.
"Dr. Wagner is a prolific scholar with a continuous record of exceptional research," said Troy Blanchard, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. "His commitment to research is inspiring, and he is deserving of such an award to recognize his outstanding accomplishments." 
Wagner’s research focuses on classical Arabic literature, Arabic vernacular literature, Islamic law, and Muslim-Jewish relations. He was recently awarded a fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), where he is undertaking a research project titled, “The Rothschilds of Arabia and Africa: The Rise and Fall of a Jewish Mercantile Empire Under the British Raj.” He is writing a history of the Messa family of Aden and its network of satellite communities.  
Wagner is also the recipient of prestigious awards and honors that include the David J. Kriskovich Distinguished Professorship (2011-2013), the SIAS Summer Institute fellowship, Institut d’études avancées de Paris fellowship, National Foundation for Jewish Culture dissertation fellowship, and the IAYS research grant.
He received his PhD from New York University.  
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