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Assistant Professor of History, Boise State University

Dr. Karen C. Pinto specializes in a number of historical areas particularly Islamic cartography and Middle Eastern History. She earned her Ph.d, M.Phil, and M.A. in History from Columbia University, and has taught at the Gettysburg College and The American University of Beirut. She has participated in a number of college workshops including such topics as digital humanities, student research, and of course Middle Eastern Studies. Dr. Pinto’s professional service includes being a review panelist for the NEH, and peer-reviewing articles for “Al-Qantara and “Medieval Encounters”. Her new book “Medieval Islamic Maps: An Exploration” was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2016 and she received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2013-14 to work on “The Mediterranean in the Islamic Cartographic Imagination.” Dr. Pinto offers courses on Islamic History, Ottoman History, US-Middle East History, Mediterranean Encounters, Islamic Civilization, and Map History. To learn more about what Dr. Pinto teaches, please visit:


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    Professor of History, Boise State University