- Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2012
I am a historian of the modern Middle East. I am also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization and an affiliate of the Jackson School's Middle East Center. In my research and teaching, I focus on the politics, society and economy of twentieth-century Iraq and the broader Persian Gulf region, as well as Middle Eastern urban history. In addition to specialized courses on these topics, I offer general introductory courses on the modern Middle East, including a survey of the Middle East since the nineteenth century (HSTAFM 163, typically in Autumn Quarter). As a postdoctoral fellow and graduate-student instructor prior to joining the UW faculty, I received two certificates of distinction in teaching in 2011 and 2012.
I am currently preparing my first book for publication—a history of the city of Kirkuk, a multilingual borderland and the original hub of Iraq’s oil industry, since 1918. This project is influenced by studies of urbanism, oil modernity, nation building, and identity formation. I argue that in twentieth-century Kirkuk, the presence of the Iraqi oil industry, Baghdad’s policies of state integration, and British neoimperialism interacted with local conditions to produce the crystallization of ethnic group identities within a growing domain of local politics.
My research has been funded by the American Historical Association and the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. I have published articles in the Journal of Urban History and Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. I am on the board of the American Academic Research Institute in Iraq.
Up-to-date information on my research and publications, as well as links to my work, may be found on my Academia.edu profile.
HSTAFM 163, Modern Middle East
HSTRY 388, Identity and Politics in the Modern Middle East: Nation, Religion, Conflict (Introduction to History)
HSTRY 494, Cities in the Modern Middle East (Colloquium in Historiography)
HSTAFM (number TBD in 2015-16), Modern Persian Gulf
HSTAFM 563, Modern Near East