I am a historian of the Modern Middle East, specializing in modern Iraqi and Arab history.

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.

I teach Modern Middle East History and the History of Islam at Loyola University Chicago, where I am also designing a new course for Spring 2021, "Bordering the Middle East." This 300-level course will examine the 20th-century origins and development of modern state boundaries, as well as the impact of long-standing imperial and orientalist perspectives on the region and its peoples.

Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations (Modern Middle Eastern History), Department of Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, University of  Chicago (With Honors)       

Dissertation: “THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF IRAQ’S NATIONAL BOUNDARIES, 1918-1932: POLICING AND POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY IN THE IRAQ-NEJD AND IRAQ-SYRIA BORDERLANDS”

2018 Ph.D

Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Orit Bashkin, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations

2009 M.A.

Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago

M.A. Thesis: "HISTORY IN TRANSLATION: ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROPAGANDA FROM THE IRAN-IRAQ WAR, 1980-1988"

M.A. Thesis Advisor: Dr. Ada Holly Shissler, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

2004 B.A.

History, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA

Minor: Political Science

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