Alan Mikhail

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Prof History
Office: 
RKZ 440
Phone: 
203-432-1353
Field(s) of interest: 
Middle East, Early Modern Muslim World, Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Environmental History, Early Modern History, History of Medicine


Alan Mikhail is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt whose research and teaching focus mostly on the nature of early modern imperial rule, peasant histories, environmental resource management, and science and medicine.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University before coming to Yale in 2010.

Professor Mikhail is the author of Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, October 2013) and editor of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press, 2013).

His articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, History Compass, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine; and, in Arabic, in al-Ruznama, Akhbar al-Adab, and Wijhat Nazar.  Professor Mikhail serves on the editorial boards of Environmental History and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.

His book Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt won the Roger Owen Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize from Yale’s MacMillan Center, and Yale’s Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication.  It was also named a book of the year by Ahram Online.  His article in the International Journal of Middle East Studies won the Ömer Lütfi Barkan Article Prize from the Turkish Studies Association.  His dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association and the James H. Kettner Award from the University of California, Berkeley.

His research has been supported by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Institute of Turkish Studies, and Yale’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.

Professor Mikhail teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the early modern Muslim world and Mediterranean, the Ottoman Empire, and environmental history.