I am a historian of the modern Middle East with a specialization in 19th/20th century Iran. I teach undergraduate surveys in Middle Eastern, Islamic World, and World History, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses on Iran, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Western-Middle Eastern relations. My main research interests are nationalism, social movements, and imperialism, as they relate to modern Iran and the Middle East in general, and I am particularly interested in the region of Khuzistan (Iran's southwestern and oil-rich province which sits along the border with Iraq and on the Persian Gulf). I am the advisor to the History Club, the webmaster for the History Department, and serve on various other committees. In the future, I look forward to offering our students more courses on Iranian, Middle Eastern, and Islamic history, and I am excited to begin teaching interested graduate students how to read Persian (Farsi) in Spring 2014.
Ofice Hours: Fall 2013
MWF: 10-11, M: 12-1, & by appt.
Areas of Expertise
Research InterestsModern Middle East, 19th- & 20th-century Iran, Khuzistan, nationalism, tribal groups & ethnic minorities, imperialism, urbanization, labor, social movements
Research proficient in Persian, Arabic, and French.
Contact InformationPhone: 217-581-3310