Overview

IMG_0262 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. Currently, I am a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Since arriving in Ithaca, I have gained valuable teaching experience in a wide variety of subjects, including the “History of the Modern Middle East,” the “History of Modern Egypt,” and the “History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Outside of these classes, I have presented my research at conferences in both the United States and the Arab world. My dissertation, Sounding History: Cassettes, Culture, and Everyday Life in Modern Egypt, offers a critical examination of cassette tape culture that elucidates untold chapters in the history of Egypt through the lens of an ordinary object and forces us to rethink silent treatments of the Middle East. Drawing upon primary audio, visual, and textual materials from Egypt and England, my research bridges official and informal archives and has received generous support from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE).

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