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I am a social historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on popular culture, everyday technologies, and the study of sound.  I hold a B.A. in Arabic, Middle East, and Islamic Studies from Duke University and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Egypt during the 2011 mass uprising. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University in 2017 and am currently serving as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Middle East Studies at Dartmouth College. My interdisciplinary research has received generous support from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and has been the subject of numerous presentations in and outside of the Arab world. My first monograph, Sounding History: Cassettes, Culture, and Everyday Life in Modern Egypt, demonstrates what the vibrant biography of one technology may teach us about a society’s dynamic past and challenges conventional histories of the modern Middle East that depict its residents as living in silence. This year, I will be giving talks on archives, popular culture, and the history of mass media in the Middle East at MESA, AHA, and in Tunisia.

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