ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, ISLAMIC WORLD/MIDDLE EAST HISTORY, WHITMAN COLLEGE
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Ph.D. GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY (MIDDLE EASTERN HISTORY)
M.A. THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN (MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES)
B.A. ALBION COLLEGE (POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY)
Awards: Fulbright IIE Syria (1999), Syrian Studies Association Best Dissertation Prize (2004), Fulbright CIES (2007), Ara and Edma Dumanian Visiting Professor in Armenian Studies in the Department of Near Eastern languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago (Spring, 2013)
Professional Associations: Elected board member of both the Syrian Studies Association and Turkish Studies Association
Areas of Research Interest: Syria, Ottoman Empire, Turkey, urban history, social history, Islamic law, gender, sexuality, and religious minorities.
Areas of Teaching Interest: Ottoman Empire, modern Middle East history and politics, women in Islam, early Islamic history, Muslim travel literature, Armenian history, and imperialism.
Book: “Off the Straight Path”: Illicit Sex, Law, and Community in Ottoman Aleppo (Syracuse University Press, 2008).
Articles: “Naked Anxiety: Bathhouses, Nudity, and Muslim/non-Muslim Relations in Eighteenth-Century Aleppo” (accepted article, International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 45:4 (November 2013), “‘Because He is So Tender and Pretty’: Sexual Deviance and Heresy in Eighteenth- Century Aleppo” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, forthcoming, “Rewriting the History of Sexuality in the Islamic World” Hawwa 4: 1-2 (2006), “Homosexuality in Islam,” Encyclopedia of Religion and Homosexuality (Greenwood Press, 2006), “Gender Violence and Intent in Ottoman Law: A View of the Imperial Kanunnames and Fetvas of the Sixteenth Century,” in Beyond the Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies, ed. Amira Sonbol (Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University Press, 2005 reprinted American University of Cairo Press, 2006), “Women, Gender and Domestic Violence” and “Rape in Islam,” Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (E.J. Brill, Leiden, 2004), “Sinful Professions: Illegal Occupations of Women in Ottoman Aleppo, Syria,” Hawwa 1:1, 2003.
Current research projects: “Armenian Women and the Politics of Conversion in Early Modern Ottoman Aleppo” (article manuscript), “Sexing the Hammam: Discourses on Gender and Sexuality in the Ottoman Bathhouse” in Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures ed. Gul Ozyegin (Ashgate, forthcoming) , A History of Violence: Memories of Armenians Along the Turkish-Syrian Border (book project), and Armenian Society in Early Modern Aleppo, 1600-1800 (book project).