public engagement

Translating research and scholarship for the greater public.

public talks and events

Organizer, Making Middle Eastern Cuisine, a public program featuring six speakers and a tasting at the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler in Washington, DC, June 8, 2019. See video here.

“Food History as a Window on Migration, Displacement, and Cultural Currents in North Africa,” Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, March 21, 2019.

“Ful, Koshari, Bechamel: Culinary Heritage as Counternarrative,” American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt, January 30, 2019.

“Tarikh al-Matbakh fi al-Maghrib wa-Masr” (Kitchen Histories in Egypt and Morocco), Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM), Tangier, Morocco, March 9, 2017 (in Arabic).

“Fat As Congealed History: From Samna to Roux in the Egyptian Kitchen,” Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo, Egypt, November 24, 2016. 

“‘Good Food is the Key to the Heart’: Cooking up Happiness in Semi-Colonial Egypt,” American Research Center in Egypt, Cairo, Egypt, October 26, 2016.

popular writing: blogs & magazines

Medieval Arabic Recipes and the History of Hummus, on The Recipes Project, March 27, 2018.

Seeking Primus Stoves in North Africa, on the Social Science Research Council blog Research Matters, August 1, 2017. 

Egypt, Laughter, and the History of Emotions, on the History of Emotions Blog of the Queen Mary Centre for the History of Emotions, March 7, 2016.

Cooking with Naguib Mahfouz, on Arabic Literature (in English), February 29, 2016.

The Recipe as Colonial Archive, series of three blog posts for tajine exploring the recipes of Zette Guinaudeau, a French settler living in protectorate-era Morocco. See installments here, here, and here. 2015-16.

Alert Level, on Medium. August 15, 2014. Drawing the police state.

Translation as Mourning, Translation as a 'Form of Cultural Interrogation,' on Arabic Literature (in English), June 29, 2014.

Apothecary Tales: Pharmacies in Today's Cairo, in Muftah, April 28, 2014.

Mediating Morocco, an essay exploring the women that have been pictured on Moroccan postcards since the days of the Protectorate, in [wherever]: an out of place journal. January 2014.

Anthropology and the Peace Corps: Five decades of learning to learn about culture, in WorldView magazine, Spring 2013.

Romance, Not Romanticized: Three Stories of Love and Loss from the Boston Palestine Film Festival, in Jadaliyya, October 24, 2011.

Hope, Translated, review of Laila Lalami’s Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and Tahar Ben Jelloun’s A Palace in the Old Village, in Jadaliyya, August 3, 2011.

From Dance to Transcendence, review of Dunia: Kiss Me Not on the Eyes, in Jadaliyya, June 13, 2011.

interviews & other engagements

“The Cuisine of Tetouan,” interview for the podcast series of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Maghrib Studies, Tangier, Morocco, October 24, 2018. 

“Kitchen Tales from Egypt and Morocco,” interview segment on Late Night Live, Radio National Australia, February 8, 2018.

Community Partner, Geographies of the Middle East course, University of British Columbia. Created and supervised production of a group blog on food and travel writing in North Africa, Fall 2017.

Speaker and classroom correspondent, Myers Park High School, Charlotte, NC, Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools Program (ongoing throughout 2008-2010) and at Harriet Tubman Elementary, Washington, DC (February 2018).

Speaker, African and American Women’s Association, outreach program through the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, November 13, 2010.