Professor of History
Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Modern Middle Eastern History, Ottoman empire, Mediterranean world, Urban history, globalization.
I teach courses in Middle Eastern history, World history and urban history. I am particularly interested in Mediterranean cities in the late 19th, early 20th centuries and the movements of people and ideas. My current research focuses on the articulation and dissemination of radical ideas such as socialism and anarchism, in eastern Mediterranean cities. Specifically, I analyze the establishment of migrant networks of intellectuals, dramatists and workers, and their roles in the spread of radical ideas in and between Beirut, Cairo, Alexandria. I argue that the presence and activities of such (nominally ‘peripheral’) radical networks were central to the making of a globalized world and to the formulation of alternative visions of radicalism. -I.M.