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Academic Positions

Professor, Department of History, Yale University, 2013 to Present

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Yale University, 2010 to 2013

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Stanford University, 2008 to 2010

Education

PhD, History, University of California, Berkeley, 2008

The Nature of Ottoman Egypt: Irrigation, Environment, and Bureaucracy in the Long Eighteenth Century

Winner, 2009 Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, Middle East Studies Association
Winner, 2008 James H. Kettner Dissertation Award, University of California, Berkeley

MA, History, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

BA, History and Chemistry, Rice University, 2001

Books

Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt, and Environmental History.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

The Animal in Ottoman Egypt.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Winner, 2014 Gustav Ranis International Book Prize, MacMillan Center, Yale University

ed., Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History.  Studies in Environment and History.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Winner, 2012 Gustav Ranis International Book Prize, MacMillan Center, Yale University
Winner, 2011 Roger Owen Book Award, Middle East Studies Association
Winner, 2011 Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, Yale University

Books of the Year, Ahram Online

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Enlightenment Anthropocene.”  Eighteenth-Century Studies 49 (2016): 211-31.

Climate and the Chronology of Iranian History.”  Iranian Studies 49 (2016): 963-72.

“The Nile and Food in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.”  In Water and Food: From Hunter-Gatherers to Global Production in Africa, edited by Terje Tvedt and Terje Oestigaard.  Vol. 3 of Series III of A History of Water.  London: I.B. Tauris, 2016.

Ottoman Iceland: A Climate History.” Environmental History 20 (2015): 262-84.

Winner, 2015 Leopold-Hidy Prize, American Society for Environmental History

A Dog-Eat-Dog Empire: Violence and Affection on the Streets of Ottoman Cairo.” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 35 (2015): 76-95.

“War and Charisma: Horses and Elephants in the Indian Ocean Economy.” In Asia Inside Out: Connected Places, edited by Eric Tagliacozzo, Helen F. Siu, and Peter C. Perdue. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015.

Oriental Democracy.” Global Environment 7 (2014): 381-404.

Labor and Environment in Egypt since 1500.” International Labor and Working-Class History 85 (2014): 10-32.

Unleashing the Beast: Animals, Energy, and the Economy of Labor in Ottoman Egypt.” American Historical Review 118 (2013): 317-48.

Winner, 2013 Alice Hamilton Prize, American Society for Environmental History
Winner2013 Wayne D. Rasmussen Award, Agricultural History Society

“Anatolian Timber and Egyptian Grain: Things that Made the Ottoman Empire.”  In Early Modern Things: Objects and Their Histories, 1500-1800, edited by Paula Findlen.  New York: Routledge, 2013.

“Middle East Environmental History: The Fallow between Two Fields.”  In Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Alan Mikhail.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“Plague and Environment in Late Ottoman Egypt.”  In Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Alan Mikhail.  New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

with Christine M. Philliou.  “The Ottoman Empire and the Imperial Turn.”  Comparative Studies in Society and History 54 (2012): 721-45.

Turkish Translation: “Osmanlı İmparatorluğu ve Emperyal Dönüşüm.”  Toplumsal Tarih 234 (2013): 26-40.

“The Middle East in Global Environmental History.”  In A Companion to Global Environmental History, edited by J.R. McNeill and Erin Stewart Mauldin.  Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Global Implications of the Middle Eastern Environment.”  History Compass 9 (2011): 952-70.

“al-Mawt bayna al-Mumārasa al-Ijtimā‘īyya wa al-Ḥajr al-Ṣiḥḥī li-Muḥammad ‘Alī” [Death between Social Practice and Muhammad ‘Ali’s Quarantine].  al-Rūznāma 9 (2011): 227-45.

“From the Bottom Up: The Nile, Silt, and Humans in Ottoman Egypt.”  In Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa, edited by Diana K. Davis and Edmund Burke III.  Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011.

An Irrigated Empire: The View from Ottoman Fayyum.”  International Journal of Middle East Studies 42 (2010): 569-90.

Winner, 2011 Ömer Lütfi Barkan Article Prize, Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

Animals as Property in Early Modern Ottoman Egypt.”  Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 53 (2010): 621-52.

The Nature of Plague in Late Eighteenth-Century Egypt.”  Bulletin of the History of Medicine 82 (2008): 249-75.

“Tārīkh Dirāsāt al-Tābi‘ wa Naẓariyyatayn ‘an al-Sulṭa” [Subaltern Studies and Two Theories of Power].  In Thaqāfat al-Nukhba wa Thaqāfat al-‘Āmma fī Miṣr fī al-‘Aṣr al-‘Uthmānī [Elite and Popular Culture in Egypt in the Ottoman Period], edited by Nāṣir Aḥmad Ibrāhīm.  Cairo: Markaz al-Buḥūth wa al-Dirāsāt al-Ijtimā‘iyya, 2008.

“The Heart’s Desire: Gender, Urban Space and the Ottoman Coffee House.”  In Ottoman Tulips, Ottoman Coffee: Leisure and Lifestyle in the Eighteenth Century, edited by Dana Sajdi.  London: I.B. Tauris, 2007.

Turkish Translation: “Gönül Arzu Eder ki: Toplumsal Cinsiyet, Kentsel Mekân ve Osmanlı Kahvehaneleri.” In Osmanlı Laleleri, Osmanlı Kahvehaneleri: On Sekizinci Yüzyılda Hayat Tarzı ve Boş Vakit Eğlenceleri, edited by Dana Sajdi. Istanbul: Koç Üniversitesi Yayınları, 2014.

with Gretchen Head.  “Dirāsat al-Tābi‘: I‘ādat Kitābat al-Tārīkh” [Subaltern Studies: The Rewriting of History].  Akhbār al-Adab 587 (10 October 2004).

“al-Qāmūs wa al-Istishrāq” [The Lexicon and Orientalism].  Wijhāt Naẓar 6, no. 66 (July 2004).

“Narrative Borders and the Politics of New History.”  In Imagining Place and Rethinking Historiography.  Vol. 146 of Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Working Paper Series.  Berkeley: University of California Center for Environmental Design Research, 2002.

with Joel E. Boyd, Ari Briskman, Vicki Colvin, and Daniel Mittleman.  “Size-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Liquid Water Clusters.”  In Liquid Dynamics: Experiment, Simulation, and Theory, edited by John T. Fourkas.  Washington, D.C.: American Chemical Society, 2002.

Book Reviews

Benjamin Reilly, Slavery, Agriculture, and Malaria in the Arabian Peninsula (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2015).  Bulletin of the History of Medicine 90: 4 (Winter 2016).

“England’s Muslim Monarch.”  Review of Jerry Brotton, The Sultan and the Queen: The Untold Story of Elizabeth and Islam (New York: Viking, 2016).  Wall Street Journal (November 5-6, 2016).

Basheer Ahmad Masri, Les animaux en Islam, trans. Sébastien Sarméjeanne (Paris: Droits des Animaux, 2015). Les cahiers de l’Islam (September 2015).

H. Erdem Çıpa and Emine Fetvacı, eds., Writing History at the Ottoman Court: Editing the Past, Fashioning the Future (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013). Journal of Arabic Literature 45: 3 (2014).

Baki Tezcan, The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010).  Journal of Interdisciplinary History 42: 3 (Winter 2012).

Diana K. Davis, Resurrecting the Granary of Rome: Environmental History and French Colonial Expansion in North Africa (Athens: Ohio University Press, 2007).  International Journal of Middle East Studies 41: 3 (August 2009).

Carlos E. Cordova, Millennial Landscape Change in Jordan: Geoarchaeology and Cultural Ecology (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2007).  Agricultural History 83: 1 (Winter 2009).

Jane Hathaway, A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2003).  MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies 7 (Spring 2007).

Heghnar Zeitlian Watenpaugh, The Image of an Ottoman City: Imperial Architecture and Urban Experience in Aleppo in the 16th and 17th Centuries (Leiden: Brill, 2004).  Arab Studies Journal 14: 2/15: 1 (Fall 2006/Spring 2007).

Timothy Mitchell, Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002).  Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 40: 2 (Winter 2006).

Nelly Hanna, In Praise of Books: A Cultural History of Cairo’s Middle Class, Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2003).  Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 40: 2 (Winter 2006).

Stuart J. Borsch, The Black Death in Egypt and England: A Comparative Study (Austin: The University of Texas Press, 2005).  al-Waqā’i‘ al-Miṣriyya (Fall 2006).

Amy J. Johnson, Reconstructing Rural Egypt: Ahmed Hussein and the History of Egyptian Development (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2004).  Hawwa: Journal of Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World 3: 3 (Winter 2005).