For the past three years, I have been a research fellow at the Phillips-University of Marburg as part of the Dynamics of Transmission (DYNTRAN) Project. This project has been an attempt 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 has 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 includes my doctoral research, which studies trends in book ownership patterns in early Ottoman Cairo. As the DYNTRAN project wraps up this autumn, my PhD research continues 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. In the coming year, I am hoping to be launching another project related to the environmental history of Egypt during the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. This project is still awaiting funding approval, but it would also include a GIS mapping of various environmental and demographic factors during the periods of focus.



PhD Candidate, Islamic Studies

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

PhD Candidate, History 

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