MemberCamille Cole

…Middle East Studies Association

Network for the Study of Environmental History of Turkey…
…2020, PhD in History, Yale University

2013, MPhil in Historical Studies, University of Cambridge.

2012, BA in Politics and Middle East Studies, Pomona College (Claremont, CA)…
…“Controversial Investments: Trade and Infrastructure in Ottoman-British Relations in Iraq, 1861-1918,” Middle Eastern Studies (

“Precarious Empires: A Social and Environmental History of Steam Navigation on the Tigris,” Journal of Social History 50 (2016): 74-101.

“From Forest to Delta: Recent Themes in South Asian Environmental History,…

I am a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, working on the histories of environment, law, and capitalism in late Ottoman Iraq. My dissertation, “Empire on Edge: Land, Law, and Capital in Gilded Age Basra, 1884-1914,” uses microhistory to explore how individual capitalists shaped the emergence of capitalism and modern state practice by manipulating novel state vocabularies and bureaucratic instruments. I have a second project on histories of technology in the 19th century Middle East, focusing on steamships and irrigation projects in southern Iraq and Iran. I am also beginning work on a new project looking at the transnational history of concessions between Latin America and the Middle East.

MemberStephen Sheehi

…Sultan Qaboos bin Said Ch Middle East Studies…

Interested in 19th and 20th century intellectual, literary, and visual culture of the Middle East; the history of photography; issues of Islamophobia and racism; “cultural theory,” in particular structuralism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and Marxism.Member of Executive Committee, Arabic Division
Member of Executive Committee, West Asia Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Discussion Group

MemberShayna Silverstein

…Performance Studies International, Society for Ethnomusicology, Dance Studies Association, International Association for the Study of Popular Music, Middle East Studies Association, Syrian Studies Association, Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies, Yale Arab Alumni Association…
…(forthcoming) “The ‘Barbaric’ Dabke: Masculinity, Dance, and Autocracy in Contemporary Syrian Cultural Production.” Journal of Middle Eastern Women’s Studies.
2020. “Mourning the Nightingale’s Song: The Audibility of Networked Performances in Protests and Funerals of the Arab Revolutions.” Performance Matters, Vol. 6 (2), 94-111.

(forthcoming) “An (Un)Marked Foreigner: Race-Making …

Shayna Silverstein’s research examines the politics and aesthetics of sound and movement in the contemporary Middle East, with a focus on Syria. Her current book project analyzes the ethos of movement (ḥarake in Syrian Arabic) amidst the politics of performance, looking specifically at how Syrian dabke, a popular dance music suffused with cultural memory and nationhood, has paradoxically contributed to isolation and fragmentation within Syrian society throughout the recent conflict.    Silverstein’s teaching interests include embodiment, ethnographic methods, ethnomusicology, performance, popular culture, social theory, sound studies, and Middle Eastern studies. Active in several music ensembles, she plays violin and ‘ud, and has also trained extensively in dance, yoga, and martial arts. Silverstein is also a core faculty member of Northwestern’s Program in Middle East and North African Studies.