Wendy Doyon

Ph.D. Candidate

M.A., B.A., University of Washington

Selected Publications: 

The History of Archaeology through the Eyes of Egyptians. In Unmasking Ideology in Imperial and Colonial Archaeology, edited by Bonnie Effros and Guolong Lai, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2018.

On Archaeological Labor in Modern Egypt. In Histories of Egyptology: Interdisciplinary Measures, edited by William Carruthers, Routledge, 2015.

The Poetics of Egyptian Museum Practice. British Museum Studies in Ancient Egypt and Sudan 10 (2008).

Presenting Egypt's Past: Archaeology and Identity in Egyptian Museum Practice.  M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, Seattle, 2007.


Jeremy Aaron Dell

Ph.D. Candidate

BA, Columbia University (2006)


I specialize in the history of Islamic and Francophone Africa, with an emphasis on the political, cultural and religious life of the Western Sahel. My dissertation, Saving Tradition: Archiving Islam in the Western Sahel,  examines the production, collection, and preservation of Arabic manuscripts across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Research Interests: 

African History (all periods), Comparative History of African and the Middle East, Book History, Visual and Material Culture, Sufism, Islamic law, Qur'anic studies

Selected Publications: 

"Unbraiding the Qur'an: Wolofal and the Tafsir Tradition of Senegambia." Islamic Africa, forthcoming.

"An Encyclopedic Treasure." Review of an Arabic critical edition of Kanz al-asrār wa-lawāqiḥ al-afkār (Le trésor des secrets et des idées fécondes), edited by Belkacem Daouadi.  Journal of African History 55, no. 1 (2014): 126-127. 

“Recreating Touba: Pilgrimage Videos in the American Muridiyya.”  Islamic Africa 4, no. 1 (2013): 49-68.

Courses Taught: 

Africa since 1800 (Summer 2017)

Other Affiliations: 

International Dissertation Research Fellow, Social Science Research Council (2013-2014)

Graduate Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum (2012-2013)

Fellow, Center for Arabic Study Abroad, American University of Cairo (2011-2012)

Rebecca Cutler

Ph.D. Student

B.A., Vassar College (2001); M.A., University of Pennsylvania (2007)



Beth Wenger
David Ruderman
Kathy Peiss
Beth Linker

Proposed Dissertation:

Research Interests: 

American Jewish History; History of Medicine; History of Zionism and the State of Israel

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

Graduate Coordinator
Department Budget Coordinator
College Hall 208B
215 898.5701

Email: jplonski at upenn.edu

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
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