I am a historian of the Modern Middle East, specializing in modern Iraqi and Arab history, an organic vegetable farmer, and avid trail-runner and photographer.
I teach Modern Middle East History and the History of Islam at Loyola University Chicago. My research interests include the social and political history of the late nineteenth and twentieth century Middle East, colonial and post-colonial state-building, state-tribal relations, and border communities and borderlands.
In the late spring and summer, I grow vegetables at Turtle Creek Gardens, a certified organic, bio-dynamic farm in southern Wisconsin. I am especially interested in building soil health through natural amendments, cover crops, and crop rotation.