Academic Background

I am a historian of the modern Middle East, British colonialism, and psychiatry. My doctoral research, now under preparation for publication under the title Mandatory Madness: Colonial Psychiatry and Mental Illness in British Mandate Palestine, 1920-1948, reconstructed how the British mandate conceptualised, encountered, and sought to manage mental illness in Palestine, and how in turn Palestinians – Arab and Jewish – negotiated both mental illness and colonialism.

I completed my PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018, where I also earned my BA and MPhil, all in the Faculty of History. My research has been funded by the Wolfson Foundation, the Centre for British Research in the Levant, the Joint Centre for History and Economics at Cambridge and Harvard, and the Palestine Exploration Fund. Before joining UEA in 2019, I was a lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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