Participant Info

First Name
Kara A.
Last Name
University of Maine
Website URL
Mediterranean, gender history, Modern Middle East, authoritarianism, suffrage, women's movements, cultural history, Fascist Italy, Kemalist Turkey
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Personal Info

About Me

Kara is a historian of the modern Middle East and Mediterranean. Her teaching and research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history.

At Maine, Kara holds a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

She received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a BA with Honors in History from Wake Forest University,, where she also minored in Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies. Kara held a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey from 2011-12.

In 2020-21, Kara was a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she taught courses on the Ottoman Empire and Women’s Movements in the Modern Middle East.

Recent Publications

“Bad Romance: Toxic Masculinity, Love, and Heartbreak in Interwar Italian and Turkish Women’s Novels, 1923-32,”  Journal of Women’s History 33, no. 2 (2021): 35-60. DOI: 10.1353/jowh.2021.0014.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Italy, Turkey
Expertise by Geography
Mediterranean, Middle East
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Literary History, Sexuality, Women, World War I