SCHOLARSHIP & AWARDS

Books:

“Off the Straight Path”:  Illicit Sex, Community and Law in Ottoman Aleppo (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2008).

Scenes & Types, Proceedings from the Global Studies Human Zoos Symposium and Scenes & Types Sheehan Gallery Exhibition (Global Studies Initiative, Whitman College, 2016).

Remnants: Encrypted Bodies, Gender, and Memory of the Armenian Genocide (in submission)

Articles:

“Hideously Tattooed on Her Face and Breast”: Affects of Tribal Tattoos on Armenian Women,” in Afterlives: Remnants, Ruins and Representations of The Armenian Genocide (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, forthcoming).

“Holding Sand, Touching Bones:  Affect and Ritual of Armenians in Dayr al-Zur, Syria,” Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Special Issues: “Death and Afterlives in the Middle East”), ed. Asli Zengin, Forthcoming.

“Armenians in the Production of Urban Space in Early Modern Judayda, Aleppo” in Aleppo and Its Hinterland in the Ottoman Period / Alep et sa province à l’époque ottomane, eds. Stefan Winter and Mafalde Ade (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2019).

“Bone Memory: The Necrogeography of the Armenian Genocide in Der Zor, Syria,” Human Remains and Violence Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2018, 56-75 scenes-and-types-cover-1

“Armenian Women, Legal Bargaining, and Gendered Politics of Conversion in Eighteenth Century Aleppo” Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies (March 2016)

“Sexing the Hammam: Discourses on Gender and Sexuality in the Ottoman Bathhouse” in Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures ed. Gul Ozyegin (Ashgate, 2015)

“#SaveKessab, #Save Aleppo, and Kim Kardashian: Syria’s Rashomon Effect” Jadaliyya (April 24, 2014)

“#Keseb’i Kurtarın, #Halep’i Kurtarın Kampanyası ve Kim Kardashian: Suriye’de Raşomon Etkisi,”  Birikim 3 Haziran 2014.

“Naked Anxiety: Bathhouses, Nudity, and Muslim/non-Muslim Relations in Eighteenth-Century Aleppo” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, 45:4 (November 2013) 651-676.

“‘Because He is So Tender and Pretty’: Sexual Deviance and Heresy in Eighteenth- Century Aleppo” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture, 18:2 (March 2012) 175-199.

“Rewriting the History of Sexuality in the Islamic World” Hawwa 4: 1-2 (2006).

“Homosexuality in Islam,” Encyclopedia of Religion and Homosexuality (Greenwood Press, 2006).

“Prostitution,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women, ed. Natana Delong-Bas (Oxford University Press, 2012).

“‘Because He is So Tender and Pretty’: Sexual Deviance and Heresy in Eighteenth-Century Aleppo” Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture (Proceedings from the symposium on “Islam and Sexualities” held at the University of Chicago, May 2, 2009) 18:2 (March 2012) 175-199.

“Zinah,” The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, ed. John L. Esposito. New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 6: 49-50. 

“Armenian Life in Early Modern Ottoman Aleppo:  An Essay on the Uses of Islamic Sources in the Construction of Armenian Social History,” for Datev, journal of Armenian studies created by the Armenian Diocese of Aleppo, July, 2018. ( in Armenian).

“Gender Violence and Intent in Ottoman Law: A View of the Imperial Kanunnames and Fetvas of the Sixteenth Century,” in Beyond the Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies, ed. Amira Sonbol (Syracuse, New York, Syracuse University Press, 2005 reprinted American University of Cairo Press, 2006).

“Women, Gender and Domestic Violence” and “Rape in Islam,” Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures (E.J. Brill, Leiden, 2004).

“Sinful Professions: Illegal Occupations of Women in Ottoman Aleppo, Syria,” Hawwa 1:1, 2003.

FELLOWSHIPS & PRIZES:

2016-2017        Society for the Humanities Fellowship (“Skin”), Cornell University

2016                   G. Thomas Edwards Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching, Whitman College

2016                   American Research Institute in Turkey Intensive Language Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education

2014                   Syrian Studies Association Best Article Prize 

2013                   Dumanian Visiting Professorship, Department of Near Eastern Cultures and Languages, University of Chicago

2012                   Syrian Studies Association Best Article Prize

2007-2008        Fulbright Scholarship-Council for International Exchange of Scholars (North Africa/Asia), Syria

1999-2000 Fulbright II-E Scholarship–Syria