Currently, I’m working as a coordinator and research fellow for the the EGYLandscape Project, a research program jointly funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and the French National Research (ANR), which is funded for 2019-2022. The EGYLandscape project will explore various issues related to environmental, rural, agricultural, archaeological, and other related studies in Egypt during the 13th to 18th centuries. Additionally, the project will create a GIS map of Egypt during those years, in order to create a new open-source resource for scholars and students alike. In addition to helping guide the project, I will be working on a new research project related to historical climatology in Egypt during the medieval and early modern period. This is a new project and is only just beginning, so more details will have to wait. For now, you can find out more about our project at

Previously, from 2015-2018, I was a research fellow at the Phillips-University of Marburg as part of the Dynamics of Transmission (DYNTRAN) Project. This project sought to study various aspects related to the transmission of knowledge among different family and social groups during the 15th to 17th centuries throughout the broader Middle East. In doing this, the project tried to not only better understand the ways in which knowledge was transmitted, but also to make further sense of the idea of the family during these centuries. (For more information, see:

My role in this joint project included my doctoral research, which studies trends in book ownership patterns in early Ottoman Cairo. As the DYNTRAN project wrapped up in the autumn of 2018, my PhD research continues (hopefully to be finished late 2019/early 2020) and is a cotutelle between the Philipps-University of Marburg (Islamic studies) and the University of Aix-Marseille (history).

On and off during several semesters from 2016-2018, I have also served as an adjunct instructor of Middle Eastern history at the American University in Cairo, where I've taught "Survey of Arab History." The course is an introduction to the history of the Arab world for undergraduates and is part of the university's core requirements. 

Additionally, I am continuing to work on a number of smaller research projects that involve my main interests: Mamluk economic/agricultural history and early Ottoman Cairo.



PhD Candidate, Islamic Studies / History

Philipps-Universität Marburg - Marburg, Germany -  Supervisor: Prof. Albrecht Fues

Université d'Aix-Marseille - Aix-en-Provence, France - Supervisor: Prof. Nicolas Michel

MA Arabic Studies, Middle Eastern History 

The American University in Cairo - Cairo, Egypt - Supervisor: Prof. Leonor Fernandes

BA International Studies

The American University - Washington, DC, United States