Personal Statement:

I am a History PhD student studying the history of the modern Middle East. I specialize in race and gender in the Middle East, with a focus on the social history of Yemen. My previous work explores the codification of Islamic family law in North Yemen, South Yemen, and the Republic of Yemen. My work also highlights how the family laws of each Yemeni state constructed an image of “the ideal Yemeni woman” and how Yemeni states used this image to further their state-building project.

My current project focuses on 19th and 20th century Yemen, specifically the social history of Black Yemenis, the Muhammashīn. I’m interested in how genealogical imagination, anti-blackness, and legacies of the East African slave trade played a role in the construction of the Muhammashīn as ‘Black’ and ‘other’. I am also interested in how the 1960s Yemeni revolutions cemented the Muhammashīn’s position on the margins of Yemeni society. This process ironically occurred  alongside revolutionary leaders’ call for the overhaul of the country’s social hierarchy.

Courses Taught:

Instructor of Record:

  • INT93LS: Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Summer 2020)
  • INT93LS: Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Summer 2019)
  • INT93LS: Research Methods in the Social Sciences and Humanities (Summer 2018)

Graduate Teaching Assistant: 

  • HIST 46B: The Middle East from the Nineteenth Century to the Present (Spring 2020)
  • HIST 46A: The Middle East from Muhammad to the Nineteenth Century (Winter 2020) 
  • HIST 46: Survey of Middle Eastern History (Summer 2019)
  • HIST 4C: History of Modern Europe, 1715-Present (Spring 2019)
  • HIST 2A: World History to 10000 BCE (Winter 2019)
  • HIST 46: Survey of Middle Eastern History (Fall 2018)
  • HIST 2C: World History, 1700-Present (Fall 2017)
  • INT 35DS: The Past Haunts the Present: Enduring Themes in History (Summer 2017)
  • HIST 17C: History of the American Peoples, 1920-Present (Spring 2017)
  • HIST 17B: History of the American Peoples, 1813-1919  (Winter 2017)
  • ENGR 101: Engineering Ethics (Fall 2016)
  • GLBL 158: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East (Summer 2016)
  • GLBL 124: Global Conflict (Spring 2016)
  • GLBL 1: Global History, Culture, and Ideology  (Winter 2016)
  • SOC 108G: Research and Methods (Spring 2015)
  • GLBL 1: Global History, Culture, and Ideology (Winter 2015)
  • GLBL 110:Culture and Global Ethics (Fall 2014)

Awards & Professional Activities:

  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2020)
  • University of California Doctoral Scholars Fellow (2018-2024)
  • Stephen and Eloise Hay Fellowship (2020)
  • Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Graduate Collaborative Award (2016-2017)
  • NSEP David L. Boren Fellowship (2015-2016)
  • Orfalea Endowment Fellowship (2014-2016)
  • Kendra Chiota Payne Memorial Award (2015)
  • Outstanding Graduate in the School of Arts and Humanities (Class of 2014)
  • Outstanding Graduate in Religious Studies (Class of 2014)
  • Outstanding Graduate in Political Science (Class of 2014)
  • Sally Casa Nova Pre-Doctoral Scholar (2013-2014)
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar (2012-2014)