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Chelsie is 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 they are a PhD Candidate writing a dissertation entitled “Watching Whiteness Work?: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine.” In spring 2020 their peer reviewed article will be published in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Chelsie‚Äôs research has also appeared in the Journal of Jewish Identities. Their research and teaching interests include: gender and race in the modern Middle East, Middle East history, and intersectionality.

In autumn 2019 Chelsie will be the instructor of record for Reading Cultures and in winter 2020 the teaching intern for Gender & Sexuality in World Civilizations. Other courses they have taught in include: History of Iraq, Modern Middle East History, Arab America, and Readings in World Literature. Chelsie has pursued extensive pedagogy training in critical pedagogy, student centered teaching, inclusive teaching, and writing. For AY19-20 Chelsie will be a Chicago Center for Teaching Pedagogy Fellow. They obtained a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and an M.A. from Brandeis University.

Like Joan Didion, Chelsie is from Sacramento, California. Chelsie enjoys practicing Jewish and Buddhist meditation, qigong, yoga, and in addition to academic monographs, loves to read memoirs, essay collections, and queer graphic novels.

Chelsie tweets at @chelsiesimone