Academic Research

Trained in literary, historical & ethnographic research methods used in Middle East / Islamic studies. Graduate-level coursework on the Arab world: literature, anthropology, history, sociolinguistics, human rights, gender & sexuality. Work with primary and secondary sources in EnglishArabic, and French.

Inventing the Modern North African Kitchen (2015-present) Dissertation project on the emergence of a new kind of kitchen and culinary style in Egypt and Morocco in the early to mid-twentieth century. Findings presented at the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery (2015), the Middle East Studies Association annual meeting (2015), and the American University of Beirut (2016). The project has received generous funding from the Cherwell Studentship of the American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Social Science Research Council, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Shahrazad's Pharmacy: Approaching Food and the Body in the Arab World (2013-14) Research conducted on modern history of foodways in Egypt as independent study component of American University in Cairo's CAASIC fellowship. Findings presented in English and Arabic at the AUC in Spring 2014, and at Harvard in 2015. 

Women's Rights Education in Jordan (2012-13) Ethnographic study of rights education programs for Jordanian women, including participant observation of classes and workshops, key informant interviews, and textual analysis. Funded by a student Fulbright research grant. Findings presented at Fulbright Student Conference for MENA Region, Rabat, April 2013 (Paper in progress)

Gender and Piracy in the Early Modern Mediterranean (2011-12) Research assistant for a Georgetown professor's work on gender and piracy. Conducted primary and secondary source research with materials in Arabic and French, including chronicles, travelogues, biographical dictionaries, and fatwa collections.

Arab Ingredients, Israeli Cuisine Analysis of a dozen cookbooks that aimed to define Israeli national cuisine, and their use of traditionally Arab ingredients and recipes, to highlight marginalized elements of Israeli history and complicate the Arab-Jew binary. Findings presented at a talk given to an upper-level undergraduate seminar at Georgetown, Spring 2012.

Murder & Mandate in Mesopotamia: Public British Policies and Private British Lives Analysis of archival documents from the British administration, opinion pieces from the British press, and crime fiction written by British author Agatha Christie, to illuminate how British imperial power was enforced and discussed by the British subjects who executed it. A version of this paper was presented at the Middle East History and Theory Conference, The University of Chicago, May 4-5, 2012.