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Lecturer in History, UNSW Sydney

I am a lecturer in History at UNSW Sydney. Trained as a historian and urban planner, my research has focused on histories of cities, infrastructure and imperialism in the Modern Middle East and North Africa, as well as the Global French Empire. I am currently revising my PhD dissertation for publication under the provisional title of Contesting Concessions: Infrastructure, Imperialism and the Struggle for Sovereignty in Syria. I was a co-editor of the 2015 volume Making Modernity from the Mashriq to the Maghreb, a collection of essays on the meanings of modernity in the Middle East. My work has been published in Radical History Review, Arena, Al Jazeera, Jadaliyya and The Conversation. My new research project, commenced through the Laureate Centre for History and Population at UNSW, seeks to chart the history of population as an object of state-formation, policy and debate in the Middle East and North Africa across the twentieth century.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Laureate Centre for History and Population, UNSW Sydney


  • 2019 
    University of California Irvine, History