My teaching and research focus on the Middle East, especially Egypt, in the medieval and early modern periods. I am particularly interested in the social and cultural history of Cairo. Having previously studied the poor of medieval Cairo, I am currently working on aristocratic families in the period 1500 – 1800. Other areas of interest include legal history and Islamic mysticism.

Poverty and charity, legal history, family history, Islamic mysticism


A Nobility of the Spirit: Lineage Household, and State in Ottoman Egypt (1517-1800)



Cleveland Bayard Dodge Distinguished Visiting Professor, American University in Cairo, 2014-15

Member, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, 2012 – 13

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, American Research Center in Egypt