• Max-Planck-Institute für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept. III Artefacts, Knowledge and Action, Berlin, Germany, August 2017-Present


Ph.D. in History and History of Science, Princeton University                                                                   2017

Arabic Language Immersion Program, Middlebury Arabic Language School                                            2014

Arabic Language Institute, American University of Cairo                                                                          2012

M.A. in History, Princeton University                                                                                                          2013

M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University                                                                             2010

B.A. in Biology, Reed College                                                                                                                    2006



“Plagued Bodies and Spaces: Medicine, Trade, and Death in Ottoman Egypt and Tunisia, 1705-1830 CE”



Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) Exhibition Award, Co-recipient                                      2018

New York Public Library Resident Scholar                                                                                               2015

American Institute for Maghrib Studies, Research Fellowship                                                                 2015

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship                                                                                             2014

Princeton Center for African American Studies Dissertation Fellowship                                                 2013

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship                                                                                            2012

Princeton University President’s Fellowship                                                                                            2011

Shelby Collum & Kathryn Davis Fellowship                                                                                             2011

Harriet and Robert H. Heilbrunn Scholarship                                                                                          2008

Howard Hughes (HHMI) Undergraduate Research Grant                                                                        2006

Milton Fischer Research Fellowship                                                                                                        2005   



Manuscript in Preparation

  • Ports and Pestilence in Alexandria, Tripoli, and Tunis during the Long Nineteenth Century, book proposal submitted to Cambridge University Press, [Projected completion August 2019]

Edited Book Chapters

  • “Epidemics and Global History,” in Independent Social Research Foundation, Issue XVII Bulletin, The Past in the Present, September 2018.

  • Edna Bonhomme, “Plague in Eighteenth-Century Cairo: In Search of Burial and Memorial Sites,” in Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean. Kalamazoo, MI: Arc Humanities Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781942401155

Journal Articles

  • “Plague, Trade, and Governance in Eighteenth-Century Tunisia,” Journal of North African Studies [Submitted and Under review, March 2018]

    “Contagion, Occupation, and Plague: Sanitary Imperialism During the French Military Campaign in Ottoman Egypt and Greater Syria, 1798-1801,” History of Science Journal, [Submitted and Under Review, December 2018]

  • “GPR30 Contributes to Estrogen-Induced Thymic Atrophy.” Molecular Endocrinology. 6 December 2007.

New Media

  • Decolonization in Action,” Podcast Series, Co-Creator, October 2019-Present

  • “Herbal Archives,” short film (3 min), screened on 12.04.2019 at Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs (VBKÖ), Vienna, Austria


  • Review of Joel Cabrita, The People's Zion: Southern Africa, the United States, and a Transatlantic Faith-Healing Movement. H-Socialisms, H-Net Reviews. October, 2019. URL:

  • Review of Sherry Sayed Gadelrab, Medicine and Morality in Egypt: Gender and Sexuality in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century. London: Tauris, 2016. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 13:2 (July 2017), 318-320, DOI: 0.1215/15525864-3861367.

  • Review of Mary Dewhurst-Lewis, Divided Rule: Sovereignty and Empire in French Tunisia, 1881-1938. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. The Journal of North African Studies, 21:4 (May 2016): 726-728. DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2016.1181880

  • Review of Clémentine Gutron, L'Archéologie en Tunisie (XIXe-XXe siècles): Jeux généalogiques sur l'Antiquité. Paris and Tunis: Éditions Karthala and IRMC, 2010. The Journal of North African Studies, 20:4 (July 2015), 678-680, DOI: 10.1080/13629387.2015.1059028



  • “The Disturbing Rise of Femonationalism,” The Nation Magazine, May 2018

  • “Sie zählen die Tag und warten auf den Tod,“ Analyse & Kritik, November 2018

  • “Ganz Amerika,“ Der Freitag, September 2018

  • “What’s Behind Tunisia’s Growing Military,“ Africa is a Country, May 2018

  • “A Black American Poet in Cairo in the 50s and 60s,” Mada Masr, February 2018

  • “Panarabsime et internationalisme,” Contretemps Revue de Critique Communiste, February 2018

  • “The Evolution of Neoliberalism in Tunisia: 1980-2017,” Der Freitag, October 2017

  • “What Yemen can learn from the historical experience of cholera,” The Conversation, October 2017


  • “Ports and Pestilence in North Africa: Tracing Power in a Global History of Epidemics,” Cambridge University, Cambrdge, UK, October 2018

  • “Ports, Risk, and Death: Mapping the Rise and Fall of Epidemics in Tunisia, 1705-1820,” Harvard University, October 2017

  • “Contagion, Occupation, and Plague: Sanitary Imperialism during the French Military Campaign in Egypt and Greater Syria, 1798-1801,” Yale University, October 2017

  • "Migration and Immigration: The Sanctuary Movement in New York City," Humboldt University, September 2017



  • “Decolonizing Wayward Archives,” History of Science Society Annual Conference, Utrecht, the Netherlands, July 2019

  • “Epidemics in the Time of War,” University of Leeds, Leeds, England, June 2019

    “Femonationalism in Europe,” Historical Materialism Conference, New York, New York, April 2019

  • “Settlers First: Medical Apartheid in Colonial Libya” Power in Medicine Workshop, Max Planck Institute for History of Science and EUME, Berlin, Germany, April 2019

  • "Ain’t I a Woman*?” Schwarze feministische Kritik, De-Kolonisierung des Feminismus und Kapitalismuskritik,“ Gender, Class Crisis: Perspektiven und Fragen feministisch-intersektionaler Klassenpolitik Conference, Brandenburg, Germany, March 2019

  • “Sanitary Imperialism and Border Making in Nineteenth-Century North Africa,” Barcelona, Spain, November 2018

  • "Decolonizing Archives in the Middle East: An Exploration of the Institute d'Égypte," Out of the Archives Workshop for Europe in the Middle East (EUME), Berlin, Germany, July 2018

  • "Reinforcing, Remaking, and Upending Power: Academic Institutions as Contradictory Spaces,” Doing Academia in a World in 'Crisis': Why and for Whom? Workshop, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, June 2018

  • “Socialist Movements in Egypt and Tunisia: 1920-1950,” Marx 200, Berlin, Germany, May 2018

  • “Ottoman Science: Secularism in Eighteenth-Century Egypt,” History of Science Conference, Toronto, Canada, November 2017

  • “The Evolution of Neoliberalism in Tunisia,” Historical Materialism Conference, London, UK, November 2017

  • “The Transformation of Egyptian ‘Ulamāʾ from 1205-1240 AH/1791-1830 CE,” New York City History of Science Workshop, New York, New York April 2017

  • “The Port and the City: Trade and Plague in Eighteenth-Century Tunisia,” Middle East Studies Association, Boston, MA, November 2016

  • “Experiment with the Plague in Eighteenth-Century Egypt,” Ottoman History Podcast, New York, New York, October 2016

  • “Bubonic Plague, Slavery, and Death,” Cambridge University, UK, Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, 3 December 2015

  • “Of Merchants and Traders: Bubonic Plague, Observation, and Experimentation in Eighteenth-Century Cairo,” Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 16-17 October 2015

  • “Trade and the Bubonic Plague in Eighteenth Century Tunis,” Le Centre d’Etudes Maghrébines à Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia, 19 March 2015

  • “A Mass Burial in Cairo,” Orient-Institut Beirut along with the Forum Transregionale Studien, International Summer Academy on Language, Science, and Aesthetic: Articulations of Subjectivity and Objectivity in the Modern Middle East, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Lebanon, Beirut, 11-19 September 2014

  • “Translating the Disease in Eighteenth-Century Ports,” Roots of Rootlessness: Translations in Times of Disruption, Merton College, Oxford, England, 10 May 2014

  • “The Plague and Slavery in Late Eighteenth Century Tunis,” American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York University, New York, New York, 21 March 2014

  • “Representation of Childhood in Early Modern Islamic Sources,” Princeton University and Humboldt University Workshop on Childhood, Humboldt Graduate School, Berlin, Germany 30 July 2013

  • “The City and the Plague: Marseille in 1720,” Oxford-Munster-Princeton University Workshop on Early Modern History, Princeton, New Jersey,22-26 May 2013

  • “Bubonic Plague in Egypt and Greater Syria,” Ottoman History Podcast, October 2012

  • “Constructions of Race in North Africa in the 1830s and 1840s: French portrayals of the Algerian Indigène in Scientific Colonial Maps and Texts,” Sites of Modernity conference, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS), Columbia University, New York, New York, 2 March 2012

  • “Race in North Africa: Portrayals in Scientific Texts,” Producing Race: Technology and the African Diaspora conference at Columbia University, NY,28 October 2011



Lecturer                       Bard College Berlin                           2019                                            Course: Colonialism, Science, and the Subaltern

Lecturer                       Humboldt University, Vielfalt der Wissenformen Bologna.Lab                           2018                                            Course: The History of Medicine for the Global Subaltern

 Lecturer                      Drexel University, Department of History                                                           2017                                            Course: Race and Film in U.S. History

Teaching Assistant      Princeton University, Department History/Near Eastern Studies                       2016                                            Course: Introduction to the Middle East

 Lecturer                      Drexel University, Global Studies Program                                                        2016                                            Course: Arab Cinema and Society

Instructor                     Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative                                                                  2012                                              Course: English Literature



Creative Work and Performance Art

  • “Herbal Archives and Reparative Archaeology” Performance Lecture for Forschungsmachine: Verschränkte von Kunst & Theorie, Berlin, Germany, September 2019

  • “Scan the Difference: Gender Surveillance and Bodies,” Co-curated and multimedia artwork exhibition, Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs (VBKÖ), Vienna, Austria, May 2019

  • “Medical Apartheid, Biomedicine, and Afrofuturism” Performance Lecture for “Multilogues on the Now: Technologies of the Body,” Display Association for Research and Collective Practice, Prague, Czech Republic, April 2019

Conference and Workshop Organization

  • Co-Host, Ottoman History Podcast, Episode on “The Lived Nile,” March 2019

  • Co-Organizer for Critical Global History of Medicine Reading Group, November 2017-Present

  • Co-Host, Ottoman History Podcast, Episode on “Slavery in the Ottoman Empire,” March 2016

  • Panel commenter, Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 13 November 2015 

  • Co-organizer, Writing Fieldwork: A symposium on the place of writing in the field sciences, Princeton University, University of Oxford, 24-25 April 2015

  • Co-organizer, Princeton Research Symposium conference, April 2013

Seminar and Research Group Participation

  • Chemical Heritage Foundation, Oral History Training Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 6-10 June 2016

  • Princeton University Mellon Foundation Works in Progress, Princeton, New Jersey, 2015

  • Princeton History of Science Program Seminar, Princeton University, 2011-2013, 2015-2017

  • Center for African American Studies, Faculty-Graduate Student Seminar, “Art and Race, Globally,” 2011-2012

Collaborative Research Experience

  • Wadi El-Hudi Archaeological Expedition with Dr. Kate Liszka, Aswan, Egypt, January 2015

  • Editorial assistant to Keith Wailoo for Pain: A Political History. (Location: Publishing Press, 2014). ISBN: Number. ISBN: 9781421418407. 2013

  • Editorial assistant to Angel Creager for Life Atomic: A History of Radioscopes in Science and Medicine (Chicago: The University of Chicago Pres, 2013). ISBN: 9780226323961. 2012

  • Editorial assistant to Mariana Candido for An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and its Hinterland (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015). ISBN: 9781107529748. 2012

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Naa Oyo Kwate, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York, Conducted interviews with Black New York City residents to inquire about gentrification, health, and housing in their communities. 2008-2010

  • Research Assistant to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, New York, New York, Administered surveys to women of color and men who have sex with men in New York City to determine sexual practices, HIV risk, and access to healthcare in these populations. 2010-2011

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Alex Stepick, Florida International University, Department of Anthropology, Miami, Florida. Conducted and transcribed interviews with former foster care youth in South Florida for the purpose of understanding their health and social needs and analyzed quantitative data with SPSS for SEIU funded project on labor and health, 2007-2008

  • Research Assistant to Dr. Jamie Fitzgerald, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, Conducted RtPCR and cytokine analysis experiments for the purpose of amplifying and cloning genes to find mutations in tissues. 2006-2007



Max Planck Institute for History of Science 

  • Early Career Seminar Co-organizer, July 2019-Present

  • “Troubling Epistemes and Postcolonialism,” Reading Group, August 2019-Present

  • Independent Social Research Foundation Working Group, “Relating Pasts and Presents: History of Science and Social Science,” April 2018-December 2018

  • Max Planck Department III Search Committee, December 2017

Princeton University

  • Assistants-in-Instruction Training, McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, 2016

  • Graduate Student Vice President, Princeton University North African Studies Group, 2015-2016

  • Co-editor for Inventory, Literary Translation Journal, focus on the Arabic and French language, 2015-2016

  • Reviewer for Historia Medicinae, Blind reviewer for history of medicine themes in the publication, 2014-2017

  • Princeton University, Edward Said Lecture Series Committee Member, 2012-2013

  • Graduate Student President, Princeton Committee on Palestine, 2011-2013



Arabic (Modern Standard and Egyptian dialect) • French (Fluent) • Haitian Creole (Fluent) • German (B1) • Spanish (C2)


Excel • Wordpress • Google Polygon • Palladio • Photoshop • Basic GIS • Final-Cut Pro



  • Archives nationale de France

  • Archives nationale de Tunisie

  • Bibliothèque nationale de France

  • Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie

  • British Library

  • British National Archives

  • Egyptian National Archives

  • Egyptian National Library

  • Library of Congress (Washington, DC)

  • Moravian Archives (London)

  • Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

  • Wellcome Library


History of Science Society • Middle East Studies Association • American Institute for Maghrib Studies