Lecturer PSOE, Anthropology
School of Social Sciences
Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2006, Anthropology
Phone: (949) 824-4031
University of California, Irvine
3544 Social & Behavioral Sciences Gatewa
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697
Archaeology; Middle East; Material Culture; Cultural Heritage; Islam
Fulbright Fellow (Syria)
Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University (2007-2009)
My research focuses on the archaeology and material culture of the Islamic world with particular attention to the ways in which religious traditions shape and are shaped by the lived landscape. More recently, I have also begun to work with Arabic manuscripts from Timbuktu with an interest in the ways that vernacular forms of heritage have shaped Muslim approaches and engagements with the past.
2014 “Other Monumental Lessons” for Drawing on Rocks, Gathering by the Water: Archaeological Fieldwork at Rock Reliefs, Sacred Springs, and Other Places, ed. by Ömür Harmansah. Oxbow.
2017 “Heritage Crusades: Saving the Past from the Commons,” International Journal of Islamic Architecture 6: 2, 367-386
Endangered Archives Program (2016), British Library, ($14000)