I am a historian of the Modern Middle East and late Ottoman Empire. I received my MA from Yale University in 2017 with a thesis exploring the domain of religious diplomacy between foreign missionaries in Egypt and their co-religionists.
My dissertation examines the development of cross-confessional charitable partnerships between Christians and Muslims in nineteenth and twentieth century Egypt. I consider these projects as parallel spaces for ecumenical encounters occurring simultaneously alongside growing sectarian tensions and colonial anxieties.
My research and language studies have been generously supported by the Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, the Yale Center for Race, Indigenous, and Transnational Migration Research Fellowship, and the UCSB Center for Middle East Studies.
In addition to my academic work, I’m also a freelance writer on religion and politics in the modern Middle East, U.S. foreign policy in the region, and the Arab diaspora in the Americas.
“Orthodox Religion and Politics in Contemporary Eastern Europe,” Book Review, Journal for Religion, State and Society, forthcoming.
“Ramy Kamel, Mada Masr, and Seeing Coptic Issues as Civil Liberties in Egypt,” Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, December 2019.
“What the Taming of Christian Spaces Reveals about Egypt’s Security Complex,” Jadaliyya, November 2019.
“Researching Modern Coptic History: A Guide to the Archives in the US and Egypt,” Archives Review, Coptic Canadian History Project, August 2019.
“Interview with Author Massoud Hayoun,” Palestine Square, August 2019
“Religious Liberty Shouldn’t Come at the Expense of Human Rights,” Sojourners, July 2019
“El Salvador’s Bukele at Crossroads in Relations with Ancestral Land,” Palestine Square, June 2019
“U.S. Evangelicals Trivialize Global Religious Persecution,” Sojourners, May 2019.
“Between Christ and Caliph: Law, Marriage, and Christian Community in Early Islam,” Book Review, Reading Religion, March 2019.
“The Landmark 85-Year-Old Report Absent From Debates Over Missionary’s Death,” Religion Dispatches, October 2018.
“Assessing Coptic Reform Through the International Christian Student Movement,” Coptic Canadian History Project, October 2018.
“Syria’s Christians Reckon with Survival,” Sojourners, June 2018.
“Pence’s Empty Promises to Christians in the Middle East,” Yale Journal of International Affairs, 13 (Spring 2018), 77-80.
“Targeted Yet Faithful: Egypt’s Copts, Wary of Restrictions, Celebrate Virgin Mary Feast,” Sojourners, October 2017.
“From the Cedars to the Frontlines: Danbury’s Greater Syrian Immigrants and the Great War,” Connecticut History Review Journal, 55 (2) (Fall 2016), 140-152.
“The Armenian-Syrian Relief Fund in World War l-Era Connecticut,” Connecticut Digital Newspaper Project, Fall 2016.
Winter 2020: HIST 46A: Premodern Middle East
Fall 2019: HIST 56 – Introduction to Mexican History
Spring 2019: HIST 56 – Introduction to Mexican History
Awards & Professional Activities:
- MESA Annual Conference Travel Award, Fall 2019
- UCSB History Department Conference Travel Award, Fall 2019
- Center for Middle East Studies, Research Grant, Summer 2019
- Steven Hay Scholarship Award, Spring 2019
- History Associates Fellowship, Spring 2019
- UCSB Graduate Student Association (GSA) Conference Travel Grant, Spring 2019
- Center for Middle East Studies Conference Travel Grant, UCSB, Fall 2018
- University of California, Santa Barbara History Department Fellowship Award, Fall 2018
- Yale Center for Race, Indigenous, and Transnational Migration Research Fellowship, Cairo, Summer 2017
- Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship Finalist (FLAS) in Arabic at Yale University, Summer 2017
- Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) in Arabic at Yale University in Oman, Summer 2017
- Oral History Fellowship,Yale University, Fall 2016
- Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Arabic Language Institute in Fez, Morocco, Summer 2016