Welcome! I’m currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. This website offers an overview of my research, teaching, and things I’ve written.
My research is on the transnational history of modern political thought in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Specifically, I focus on how modern conceptions of sovereignty, race, and religion were transformed in the mid-nineteenth century by the emergence of a new geopolitical landscape. I’m particularly interested in how ideas move across political borders and what happens to them when they do. My dissertation, entitled “No Empire for Old Men: The Young Ottomans and the World, 1856-1878,” draws on archival research conducted in Istanbul, Paris, and London with the support of an SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship. It aims to situate the Young Ottoman movement within the broader trajectory of modern political thought by exploring its connections to other political movements throughout Europe and the Islamic world.
My teaching interests range widely in the history of modern European and Islamic social thought. In 2016-2017, I’m a Fellow at the Chicago Center for Teaching and a coordinator of the Race & Pedagogy Working Group. Alongside my scholarly work, I have written about history, contemporary culture, pedagogy, and university life for n+1, The New Yorker, Inside Higher Ed, and more. If you have questions or want to collaborate, please be in touch!