I 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.
2018-2019 COURSE SCHEDULE
- 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 110w, Spring 2019): Migrant stories are too often pushed to the side, marginalized in a historical tradition focused on narrating histories of place. Yet if there is one global history, it is the history of human mobility and migration. How do mobile people (migrants, workers, nomads, and refugees) navigate in a world with multiplying borders? How do historians find agency in migration systems (free and forced)? What does it mean to write migrant-centered histories? This course is an introduction to global migration history from 1800 to the present. It examines labor migration systems; border governance; undocumented migration; partition, displacement, and refugee regimes; and race, gender, and class in migration law. Students will engage major concepts in humanistic migration theory, read and interpret documents from the period, and hone skills in writing about migration from a systems-based perspective.
- History of the Modern Middle East from 1914 (HIS 193b, Spring 2019): The Middle East from the turn of the 20th century to the present. Themes include the legacy of imperialism, cultural renaissance, the World Wars, nationalism, Palestine/Israel, Islamic revival, gender, revolutionary movements, politics of oil and war, cultural modernism, exile and diaspora.