USE THIS E-MAIL: email@example.com. I specialize in the Ottoman Empire before 1800, with a particular focus on the Arab provinces. Until recently, my research focused on Egypt and, to a lesser extent, Yemen. My current research project is a book-length study of the office of Chief Harem Eunuch of the Ottoman Empire. I received my Ph.D. from Princeton's Near Eastern Studies department in 1992; my advisor was Cemal Kafadar, who by the time I finished had already been "stolen" by Harvard. My B.A. (1982) and M.A.(1986)are from the University of Texas at Austin; my M.A. thesis was directed by Abraham Marcus.
I have published the following books: The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1800, with contributions by Karl Barbir (Pearson/Longman, 2008), which won the Turkish Studies Association's M. Fuat Koprulu Book Prize in 2008; Beshir Agha, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem (Oneworld Publications, 2006); A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen (State University of New York Press, 2003), which won the Ohio Academy of History Publication Award in 2005; and The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis (Cambridge University Press, 1997). I have published the following edited volumes: The Arab Lands in the Ottoman Era: Essays in Honor of Caesar Farah (Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, 2010); Al-Jabarti's History of Egypt (an edited primary source) (Markus Wiener Publishers, 2009); Mutiny and Rebellion in the Ottoman Empire (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002); and Rebellion, Repression, Reinvention: Mutiny in Comparative Perspective (Greenwood Publications, 2001). I have also published numerous articles on related topics, and on Ottoman historiography and the repercussions in Egypt and Yemen of the movement of the 17th-century Jewish messianic figure Sabbatai Sevi. I am currently working on a book-length study of the office of Ottoman Chief Harem Eunuch.
I regularly offer undergraduate courses on the Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800; intellectual and social movements in the Muslim world; and Jewish communities under Islamic rule. I offer graduate courses on the Ottoman provinces, medieval Islamic history, chronicles as sources for Islamic history, and the Mamluk sultanate and its neighbors.
I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and of the Comite International d'Etudes Pre-Ottomanes et Ottomanes (CIEPO). I have also served as president of the Turkish Studies Association and as a member of the American Historical Association's Professional Division.