A scene from the film Blackboard (Takhté Siah) by Samira Makhmalbaf (2000).
Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988). 

My teaching is grounded in the principles of diversity, inclusion, and justice. My  courses explore modern history of the Middle East and help students develop intellectual and creative skills to acquire ideas and to communicate and question them. I encourage students and remind myself to take seriously the ethnic, religious, political, and geographical diversity in the region and think critically about the course material, in-class discussions, and everyday conversations.


My research, academic training, and pedagogical experience on theories of empire, nationalism, state-formation, colonialism and decolonization, as well as minority histories, Islam, and environmental history, have prepared me to teach graduate and undergraduate courses on multiple aspects of the modern history of the Middle East. I have worked with students at different levels of higher education and from diverse backgrounds at Bogacizi University (Istanbul, Turkey), Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, and Princeton University. 

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