Public and Media Relations professional with more than 20 years experience at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Heading back to the classroom at SUNY Empire State College.
literatures of empire, anticolonialism, Arab, Arab American, and Muslim American Cultures
I am a historian of the British Empire. My work focuses on the British encounter and engagement with the wider world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, situating the history of empire in its global and maritime contexts. I am interested in the relationships, interactions and patterns of exchange created by the British Empire, and in assessing the impact of these experiences on both British and colonial societies. Before joining the University of Southampton, I was Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. During my time at the museum, I worked on the development and delivery of two gallery projects, focusing on Atlantic and Indian Ocean history respectively. I continue to be interested in the role of material culture and museums in representing the history of empire.
My interests range from the history of archaeology, cultural heritage preservation, and museum studies to the art and archaeology of ancient Iranian empires, from the Achaemenids to the Sasanians. I am currently involved in the exploration of the World Heritage site of Pasargadae, the first dynastic site of the Persian empire in the sixth century B.C.