I am a historian of nineteenth-century France, especially interested in social, cultural, religious, and gender history in both metropolitan France and the wider French empire. My first book, Educating the Faithful, on Catholic primary education in nineteenth-century France argued that religious teaching orders pioneered a system of schools that predated the one created by the French state.
I study the changing relationship between religion and nation in the Atlantic World during the ‘Age of Revolution and Reaction’ (roughly 1750 – 1830). My book, An Holy Nation, argues that the Society of Friends challenged the ways in which the wars for independence and empire of this era reconfigured definitions of citizenship and subjecthood. Quakers resisted the demands for loyalty and sacrifice by the worldly governments under which they lived; in so doing, they represented a markedly different way of thinking about and being part of civil society.
My research interests include the study of states and families, early modern empires in the Indo-Islamic World, comparative colonialisms and nationalisms, modern Telugu literary criticism and globalization.
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005
I teach mostly general modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, history of Iran and Afghanistan, and the role of imperialism in the region. I also teach graduate and –pro-seminar courses on the history of the Middle East. Teaching lower division modern world history is also part of my teaching responsibility.
I have been working in the education field for nearly two decades. After some time working in adult education I began lecturing in history at San Francisco State University, as well as other campuses throughout the Bay Area. My teaching interests are in World History, Latin American History and U.S. History. I especially like teaching World History because it allows me to explore diverse people and cultures and to discuss global developments.
My area of research is in the history and languages of the ancient Near East. My primary specialization is in the Hittites (ancient Anatolia/Turkey), the Hurrians (northern Mesopotamia, Syria, southeastern Anatolia) and the Urartians (eastern Anatolia). I have also been heavily involved with administrative material written in Elamite from the Achaemenid (Old Persian) period. My teaching interests cover the breadth of the ancient world. I teach courses on the history of the ancient Near East, Greece and Rome.
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