Primary field of interest:
I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Department of History. I was born in Minnesota and grew up just outside of Minneapolis. Ever since the fourth grade I have been fascinated in history and eventually found myself determined to study the history of the Ottoman Empire and the larger Islamic world.
My research interests revolve around issues of identity and loyalty (confessional, ethnic, imperial) in the early modern Islamic world, hajj travel accounts, inter-imperial travelers, Ottoman seventeenth-century history, and early modern Safavid and Mughal history.
In 2012 I completed my BA in history at the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. In 2014 I completed a 2-year MA in History at Central European University in Budapest with a thesis related to Kurdish loyalties in seventeenth-century Eastern Anatolia. I have spent several summers participating in intensive language programs for Turkish, Ottoman Turkish, and Arabic.
When I am not reading about Middle Eastern History I enjoy traveling (as my research interests might suggest), hanging out with my partner Jamie, following baseball and going on road trips.