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I am a historian of the modern Middle East who is particularly interested in applying the analytics of gender and race to the modern Middle East. Currently, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Chicago Center for Teaching Pedagogy Fellow at UChicago.

My dissertation is tentatively titled “Watching Whiteness Work?: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine, 1941-1966.” In addition to several book reviews, my peer reviewed research has also been published in the Journal of Jewish Identities. 

My research and teaching interests include: modern Middle East history, gender analytics, race analytics, intersectionality, gender and race in the Middle East, the woman question, Islamic feminism, Iraqi history, Arab Jews, history of Jews in the Middle East, and Mizrahi studies. I obtained my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and my M.A. from Brandeis University.

I tweet at @chelsiesimone