Samuel Casper

Ph.D. Candidate

B.A., University of Chicago (2010)


Examination Fields:

  • Modern Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Modern Jewish History
  • States, Atrocities, and Restitution in Modern Eurasia

Dissertation Title:

Research Interests: 
  • Modern Russian and Soviet history
  • Modern European Jewish history
  • Socio-political history
  • Restorative and transitional justice

Beeta Baghoolizadeh

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., University of Texas at Austin (2012) 
B.A., summa cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles (2010)

My dissertation explores constructions of race and citizenship in Iran during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Using primary sources from formal and family archives, my research traces the conceptualizations of whiteness and blackness as departure points for understanding the legacies of slavery and abolition in Iran.  


Social Science Research Council (SSRC) International Dissertation Research Fellow, 2015-2016

Committee Members: 

Eve Troutt Powell (advisor)

Kathleen Brown 

Jamal Elias


Ajam Media Collective

Research Interests: 

Modern Middle Eastern History, Modern Iranian History, Histories of Erasures, Cultural History, Histories of Race, Histories of Slavery, World History, Comparative History of Africa and the Middle East, History of Photography, History of Theater

Joan Plonski

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Tukufu Zuberi

Historical demography, Africa and African-American
Professor, Sociology; Director, Africana Studies Program

Robert Vitalis

Middle Eastern history and the history of international relations
Professor, Political Science

Mark J. Stern

Professor of Social Welfare and History, School of Social Policy & Practice; Director, Urban Studies Program

Peter Stallybrass

History of the book
Walter H. and Leonore C. Annenberg Professor in the Humanities, and Professor of English

Rogers M. Smith

U.S. politics, 1789-present
Christopher Browne Professor, Political Science

Larry Silver

Northern Renaissance Art
Emeritus Professor, History of Art

Heather Sharkey

History of the Middle East and North Africa
Assistant Professor, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
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