I am currently a doctoral candidate in the History of Science Program with an interest in the history of epidemics and funeral rites in North Africa and the Middle East. I graduated from Reed College (B.A. in Biology) and from Columbia University (M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences). Before beginning my graduate work at Princeton, I worked as a research assistant in an immunology/genetics laboratory, participated in Americorps, and conducted public health interviews for the New York City Department of Health.
In my dissertation, I examine plague, urbanization and funeral rites in eighteenth-century Cairo and Tunis. I want to demonstrate the ways that epidemics shape political power and everyday life. Taking pre-colonial medical outbreaks as my point of departure, this project also sheds light on black slaves, public health and quarantine measures. Additionally, this work entails conducting fieldwork in Cairene and Tunisian cemeteries for the purposes of understanding the relationship between eighteenth-century tombstones and twenty-first century cemeteries.
In addition to my dissertation, I am pursuing ongoing projects on:
- Historical anthropology
- The relationship between material culture and urbanization
- Contemporary art, film and music in North Africa
Recent Papers Delivered
"The Bubonic Plague and Slavery in Late Eighteenth-Century Tunis," American Comparative Literature Association Annual Conference, 2014
“Representation of Childhood in Early Modern Islamic Sources,” Princeton University and Humboldt University Workshop on Childhood, 2013
“The City and the Plague: Marseille in 1720,” Oxford-Munster-Princeton University Workshop on Early Modern History, 2013
"A World of Exchange: Medicine in France and the Eastern Mediterranean," Philadelphia Area for Center of History of Science, 2012
“Medical Knowledge and Institutions in North Africa,” Sites of Modernity conference at Columbia University, 2012