Screen Shot 2018-08-19 at 10.30.53 AMI offer courses in modern Middle Eastern and global histories. At UC Davis, I specialize in courses on migration, displacement, and refugees; labor and working-class histories; Ottoman, Arab, and Assyrian diasporas; and World War I. I also offer a sequence in international migration and mobilities.


  • Bans and Border Walls (HIS 102X, Winter 2019): In the contemporary discourse on migration, it feels peculiarly seamless to discuss “bans and border walls” in a single breath. However, the global preoccupation with travel restriction and border security must not be taken as an inevitability. States arrive at bans and walls as preferred means of migration control as a result of making specific assumptions about migrants as “threats” to national sovereignty. This course is an intensive reading seminar tracing the history of this global preoccupation with borders, bans, and walls, and with border control in the 20th/21st centuries. Students will read pioneering work in border studies, documentary regimes, and the securitization of migration policies.
  • Global Migration History (HIS 110, Spring 2019)
  • History of the Modern Middle East from 1914 (HIS 193B, Spring 2019)