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Virginia Tech
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Modern Egypt, cultural history, humor, class, gender, and theatrical performance
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of History at Virginia Tech University, with a focus on the Modern Middle East. I earned my Ph.D. at Rutgers University in 2011. Between 2011 and 2014, I taught in the International Studies and History Departments at Seattle University. My academic interests include cultural history, theater, and relationships between performance, identity, and modernity in Egypt. My book, Acting Egyptian: Theater, Identity, and Political Culture in Cairo, 1867-1930 has just been published by the University of Texas Press. Currently, I am exploring different forms of humor in interwar Egypt.

Recent Publications

Acting Egyptian: Theater, Identity, and Political Culture in Cairo, 1869-1930, (Austin: Texas University Press, 2019).

“The Dramatic Middle East: Performance as History in Egypt and Beyond,” History Compass, 13/10 (2015): 521-532.

“Farāḥ Effendi Anṭūn, and the Staging of a ‘New Egypt’,” Journal of Semitic Studies Supplement 28, (2012):  139-150.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic