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Ph.D., The University of Arizona
I am a social and cultural historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Egypt. My research and teaching explore transnational processes and questions of state governance in provincial settings, empire, and the mobility of people, ideas, and goods.
I am currently working on a manuscript titled "Seeking Bread and Fortune in Port Said, 1859-1906: Labor Mobility and the Making of the Suez Canal." In this book, embracing labor migrants who followed domestic as well as international routes, I trace the social and cultural history of the Suez Canal region. I pay particular attention to the different kinds of mobility and circulation that both traversed and wound up in Port Said and the Isthmus of Suez. My future research will take two directions. One is the social history of public health and medicine in the Suez Isthmus region in the turn of the twentieth century. The other is an exploration of migrants' correspondence, with particular emphasis on the history of motherhood and childhood in the Egyptian context. I have so far received research support from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation with the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Zeit Foundation, the Coordinating Council for Women Historians with the Berkshire Conference, and the University of Arizona. My work has so far appeared in venues such as Comparative Studies in History and Society, Journal of Urban History, Rethinking History, and History Compass.
At Texas Tech, I teach classes on the Modern Middle East (HIST 3398), Global Islam (HIST 4385), World History Since 1500 (HIST 2323); I also teach graduate seminars, such as Studies in Middle Eastern History (HIST 5372) and Research Methods seminar for graduate students in history (HIST 6300).
My interest in the Middle East was first sparked by the study of Classical Arabic and an eye-opening travel to Syria in 2005. I received a BA in Middle East Studies and an MA in International Relations at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. In 2018, I completed a PhD in Modern Middle East History at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Before joining Texas Tech, I was a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute and a Visiting Researcher at the Department of International, Legal, Historical, and Political Studies of the Università degli Studi di Milano.
“Afifa's Migration. Syrian Prostitutes and the ‘White Slave Trade' in Port Said.”Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 17, no. 3 (October 2021): 473–78."She Will Eat Your Shirt': Foreign Migrant Women as Brothel Keepers in Port Said and along the Suez Canal, 1880–1914." Journal of the History of Sexuality 30, no. 2 (May 2021): 161-94.
“The toll and toil it took to cleave the Suez Canal through the Egyptian desert.” The Conversation (7 April 2021).
“The Suez Canal: Ambition, Colonial Greed, Revolution and the Ditch that Reshaped Global
Trade.” ABC Radio National, Rear Vision (April 25, 2021). Presenter/Producer: Annabelle Quince. With Mohamed Gamal-Eldin
and Zachary Karabell.
“The Fascinating History of the Suez Canal.” The Conversation-Africa, Pasha Podcast no. 104 (April 21, 2021). Editor: Ozayr Patel.