Bio

I hold a PhD in Islamic Studies (completed 2020) from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. My dissertation, The Shibanid Question: Reassessing 16th century Eurasian History in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan, interrogates the approaches and limitations of nation-building and nationalism in contemporary socio-political contexts. 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. I have extensive experience teaching in-person and online History, Language, and Culture/Civilizations courses at the BA, MA, and PhD levels, and I have taught at the University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Arizona State University, and California State University Northridge.

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