I am a specialist in modern Middle Eastern and North African history and politics with a focus on the late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century transformations from empires to nation-states and their impact on borderlands and peoples in the peripheries. I received my PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University in 2021.
My scholarship is primarily concerned with the conjunctures and contingencies that gave rise to modern state-making policies at the intersection of religion, ethnicity, and environment from the late eighteenth century onwards. My background in political science and Middle Eastern studies informs my research and teaching, which integrate theoretical approaches from multiple disciplines and apply them to the study of history. Thanks to my university education, language training, and research experience in the United States, Turkey, Iran, Russia, and France over many years, I have developed a global perspective that is deeply informed by local and regional settings.