My first book, Imperialism on Trial: League of Nations Mandate States in Historical Perspective (Rowman and Littlefield, 2006), I edited with Ray Douglas and Michael Callahan. This project started during a NEH Summer Seminar on “Decolonization of the British Empire” which took place at the University of Texas during 2000; Wm. Roger Louis chaired our panel with the same title at the 2002 AHA annual meeting.
Refereed Journal Articles
“Indemnity Against The Government”: Prisons and Prisoners in Hashemite Iraq During the Cold War,” Historical Yearbook 8 (“Nicolae Iorga” Historical Institute, Romanian Academy of Science) (Bucharest, Romania) (2017), pp. 85-97.
“Proxy Battle of the Cold War: Taxation in Hashemite Iraq,” Studia Historica Gedanensia, 6 (Gdansk, Poland) (2015): pp. 227-252.
“‘Asia and Adjacent Areas,’ Mohammed Fadhel Jamali’s Cold War Experiences,” Auto/Fiction, 1, 2 (Odisha, India) (May 2015), pp. 60-70.
"Alī al-Wardī, Texas Sociologist?” International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 8, 2-3 (Exeter, UK) (September 2014), pp. 103-118.
"Petroleum, Labor, and Legislative Politics in Hashemite Iraq, 1953,” Al-Mawaqif, 8 (Mascara, Algeria) (2013), pp. 5-21.
"Noisy and Non-cooperative;’ LSD testing in Hashemite Iraq, 1953,” Africa and the West, 10 (Oran, Algeria) (2013), pp. 25-39.
"Blown Away By the Winds Like Ashes;’ Biopower in Egypt’s #25Jan and Iraq’s 14 Tammouz,” Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International Relations, 12, 3 (Yalova, Turkey) (Fall 2013), pp. 47-65.
"Border Crossing Between Iraq and Iran, Summer 1953,” Arab World Geographer, 16, 2 (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) (Summer 2013), pp. 195-209.
"Lofty and Precipitous Chains,’ The Roles of the Zagros Mountain Region During the Cold War,” Tunisian-Mediterranean Review of Historical, Social and Economic Studies (Béja, Tunisia) (May 2013), pp. 27-67.
"Day-to-Day Politics;’ Iraq’s Development between Bilateral and International Organizations,” Studia Europaea, 2 (Cluj-Napoca, Romania) (2013), pp. 5-21.
"Politics of Cinema In Hashemite Iraq,” Oriente Moderno, 93, 1 (Rome, Italy), pp. 97-120.
"Iraq’s Late Hashemite Monarchy from Wien,” Romano-Arabica, XIII (Bucharest, Romania) (2013), pp. 43-60.
"Democracy and Monarchy as Antithetical Terms? Iraq’s Elections of September 1954,” Studia Politica, 2 (Bucharest, Romania) (2013), pp. 313-326
"The Local and the Global: The Iraqi Revolution of 1958 Between Western and Soviet Modernities,” Ab Imperio 4 (Kazan, Russia) (2011), pp. 172-202
"Ameen al Rihani on Statecraft in Imamic Yemen,” Social and Human Sciences Review 23 (Batna, Algeria) (December 2010), pp. 1-30
"Fanon in Furs: Theorist for North Africa's National Liberation in Russian Translation," al-Tawasool 22 (Annaba, Algeria) (June 2008), pp. 30-37
"Maternal Legacies: Feminist Histories in Ahdaf Soueif’s Map of Love,” Taiba: Journal of the Women and Memory Forum (Cairo, Egypt) (Spring 2004) [in Arabic].
Chapters in Books
« Golden Flies: Egypt's Pharaonic Past in Multiple Mirrors », in Mercedes Volait et Emmanuelle Perrin (dir.), Dialogues artistiques avec les passés de l'Égypte : une perspective transnationale et transmédiale, Paris, InVisu (CNRS-INHA) (« Actes de colloques »), 2017.
“’Atoms for Peace:’ Hashemite Iraq and the Baghdad Pact during the Cold War.” In War and Geography; The Spatiality of Organized Mass Violence, Frank Jacob, Sarah Danielsson, eds. (Paderborn: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2017), pp. 263-296.
“’Dogs of Wall Street, Let Us Alone;’ Graffiti in Cold War Baghdad, 1953.” In Making of Arab Spring: Assessing Role of Civil Society through Cases of Innovative Activism, Cenap Çakmak, ed. (London: Palgrave Macmillan) (2016), pp. 17-33.
“Wearing Balmain, Dior, and Schiaparelli: Foreign Escorts in Hashemite Iraq.” In Prostitution: Eine Begleiterin der Menschheit [A Companion of Mankind], Frank Jacob, ed. (Frankfurt: Peter Lang, 2016), pp. 519-542.
“Muslim Americans Between the Challenge of Policing and Freedom of Expression.” In New Horizons of Muslim Diaspora in North America and Europe, Moha Ennaji, ed. (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 259-273.
“Control Room: Visible and Concealed Spaces of the Aswan High Dam.” In Landscapes of Development: Modernization and the Physical Environment in the Eastern Mediterranean, Panayiota Pyla, ed. (Cambridge: Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2013), pp. 73-87.
“Living with ‘Ali Mubarak Pasha: State and Civil Society in Egypt.” In Living in Historic Cairo: Past and Present in an Islamic City, Farhad Daftary, Elizabeth Fernea, and Azim Nanji, eds. (London: Azimuth Editions, 2010), pp. 160-169.
“Assuan, 1959: Sowjetische Entwicklungspolitik--die Perspektive der ‘Gender History’” [Aswan, 1959: Aims and Problems of Soviet Development Aid; The Perspective of ‘Gender History’]. In Die Sowjetunion und die Dritte Welt/The Soviet Union and the Third World, Andreas Hilger, ed. (Munich: Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 2009) [in German], pp. 67-81.
“Economic Imperialism in the Palestine Mandate.” In Imperialism on Trial: International Oversight of Colonial Governance in Historical Perspective, Elizabeth Bishop, Michael Callahan, and Raymond Douglas, eds. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006), pp. 45-60.
American Institute for Maghreb Studies (AIMS), Annual Conference (with Brock Cutler and Jacob Mundy) (Tunis, Tunisia) (7/2017).
University of Texas at Austin, Texas Russian and East European Studies Network (Austin, TX), faculty professionalization grant (5/2017).
Notre Dame University, Global Religion Research Initiative, round 1 award recipient, curriculum development grant, “Global Cold War” (3/2017).
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Gökser Gökçay (12/2016).
University of Illinois, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (Urbana, IL), Summer Research Lab (2016).
Second Shi’a Studies Short Course, University of Religions and Denominations (Qom, Iran), bursary (March 2016).
National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, Malone Fellowship in Arab and Islamic Studies (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) (12/2014-1/2015).
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute, "Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia: Literature, the Arts, and Cinema since Independence," Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR) (6-7/2014).
Institute of Turkish Studies (ITS), Library Grant; collaboration with Gloria Hinojosa and Margaret Vaverek of Texas State University’s Alkek Library, (5/2014).
American Institute for Maghreb Studies (AIMS), short-term grant (12/2009-8/2010).
European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Tenth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Workshop "Workers' Movements and Nationalism in the Arab World," Mediterranean Programme (Montacatini Terme, Italy) (3/2009).
Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Anis Makdisi Program in Literature, American University in Beirut, fellowship (9/2006).
I am especially interested in supervising graduate students’ research in political, economic, and intellectual history of the Arab world.
I serve as faculty advisor for the Muslim Student Association and the Model Arab League.
HIST 2312: World History Since 1300
The course is a general introduction to global history since the seventeenth century, focusing primarily on political and social developments. Students will gain a broad chronological overview of historical events including the rise of the modern state, the establishment of European hegemony over Africa and Latin America, the Enlightenment and eighteenth-century revolutions, nineteenth-century industrialization and a second wave of colonialism, followed by twentieth-century socialism, fascism, the cold war, concluding with the post-modern twenty-first century.
HIST 4325: Islamic History to 1798
This course explores the history and culture of the Arab and Muslim peoples in the Middle East and North Africa from the late 6th century to Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798. Emphasis is placed on the interrelationships of indigenous socio-economic structures and intellectual developments in Islamic theology and law.
HIST 4326: The Modern Middle East
The courses emphasizes economic, social and intellectual developments in the Middle East and North Africa in the 19th and 20th centuries. With a brief introduction on the rise and expansion of Islam, we spend more time on reforms in the Ottoman Empire and Qajar Iran. Then, emphasis shifts to the various Arab states' struggle for independence, foundation of the state of Israel, and subsequent questions of political inclusion and exclusion that characterize the region.
HIST 4327, The Problem of Palestine
This course will present primary sources regarding the history of Palestine (addressing the Ottoman period, the Mandate years, 1948, and the years which followed), as well as secondary sources (including "revisionist" and other historians).
HIST 4350K: Gender and Militarization in the Arab World
This course considers the development of modern militaries in the Arab world. Since the middle of the nineteenth century, men and women in the Arab world live in nation-states which allocate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to military veterans first, others later. Students will gain a broad chronological overview of national independence and the institutionalization of modern government in Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon.
HIST 4350N: 20th Century Middle East: Syria, Iraq, and Palestine
This upper-division course considers three of the nation-states under League of Nations mandates at the beginning of the twentieth century: Syria, Iraq, and Palestine. Students read a general history of the region in support of additional readings that offer in-depth discussion of specific issues.
HIST 4350R: Workers and Working in the Arab World
Of 255 million people in 22 predominantly-Arab countries in North Africa and the Middle East, over the past 150 years, most have worked at some kind of job or another. In this upper-level course, we will consider how labor politics introduce state regulations to gender, national and sexual identities.
HIST 4399: Senior Seminar
A discussion-based capstone seminar, this course focuses directly on the techniques you need to succeed as a historian. In this class, we will develop individual research papers together: from identifying topics associated with Iraq’s 14 Tammouz 1958 revolution, locating sources, choosing questions, developing both empirical and theoretical aspects to the topic.