Bio

I am a doctoral candidate in the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations under the guidance of Professor John Woods. I completed my Bachelor’s in Literature with a Russian minor at California State University Northridge in 2011 and my Master’s in the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago in 2013.  My master’s thesis, From Safavids to Soviets: The Soviet Azeri Appropriation of Safavid Origins, explores the influence of Soviet policies on historiography on early modern Iran and Central Eurasia.  At the University of Chicago, I have been an active member of the Central Asian Studies Society and the Committee on Central Eurasian Studies. During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will continue working on my dissertation, The Shibanid Question and Uzbekistan’s Lost Century: Reassessing 16th century Eurasian History in the Construction of Historical Memory in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan. My course responsibilities include teaching two sections of Survey of Islamic History (HIST 209) as part-time faculty at Loyola University Chicago and assisting first and second-year Master’s students as Preceptor for the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago.

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