Asian and Middle Eastern History

About the Asian and Middle Eastern History Program

The graduate track in Asian and Middle Eastern History is designed to allow students to pursue the study of the histories of Asia, the Middle East, and Asian and Middle Eastern diasporas using transnational, regional, and/or national approaches. The intellectual focus of the track consists of several overlapping areas that include, but are not limited to: gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; religion; migration and diaspora; law; science and medicine; environment; cultural memory, and imperialism, colonialism, and nationalism. While many of the faculty focus their research on distinct geographies and temporalities, our interests cut across geographical and chronological boundaries. Our scholarship and teaching benefit from exploring questions and paradigms that are echoed or challenged in the work of colleagues who study neighboring as well as distant regions, nations, societies, and periods. Students in Asian and Middle Eastern History will have an opportunity to engage in and contribute to such cross-border, comparative, and longue durée thinking, while also developing expertise in a specific geographical, temporal, and/or thematic area(s).

The Faculty in Asian and Middle Eastern History

Tuna Artun
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Princeton University
Late Medieval and Early Modern Middle East and Balkans; Alchemy in the Ottoman world; Byzantine History 

Kornel Chang (Newark)
Associate  Professor

Ph.D., University of Chicago
Asian American, Transnational, Imperial History: Histories of Race, Migration, and Labor in the America, and the United States in the Pacific world

Chie Ikeya
Associate  Professor of History
Ph.D., Cornell University 
Modern Southeast Asia; Burma-Myanmar; transnational history of race, gender, sexuality, and intimacy; postcolonial studies

Toby Jones 
Associate  Professor of History and Director, Global and Comparative History Master's Degree Program
Ph.D., Stanford University 
Middle East, Global Technoscience, Environment 

Suzy Kim 
Associate  Professor of Korean History
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Modern Korea; North Korea; gender; revolution and social movements

Sukhee Lee 
Associate  Professor of History
Ph.D.,  Harvard University 
Middle period China; social and intellectual

Xun Liu 
Associate  Professor of History
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Religion, medicine, and material culture in China

Kathleen Lopez 
Associate  Professor of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and History
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Latin American and Caribbean History, Asians in Latin America and the Caribbean, race and ethnicity in the Americas, diaspora and international migration

Johan Mathew 
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.,  Harvard University 
Transnational and global history, Indian Ocean, economic history

Gary Rendsberg  
Professor of Jewish Studies and History

Ph.D.,  New York University 
Ancient Israel; literature of the Bible; historical development of the Hebrew language; relationship between ancient Egypt and ancient Israel; Dead Sea scrolls; post-Biblical Judaism; medieval Hebrew manuscripts

Stephen W. Reinert 
Associate  Professor of History
Ph.D.,  UCLA 
Byzantine; medieval Balkans; early Ottoman history

Tatiana Seijas 
Associate  Professor of History
Ph.D.,  Yale University 
Early Modern Global History; Pacific World; Philippine Islands; Mexico; Slavery; Iberian Empires; Borderlands; early modern economics; 19th-century US-Mexico relations

Nancy Sinkoff 
Associate  Professor of Jewish Studies and  History
Ph.D., Columbia University 
Jewish history, politics, and labor; cultural and intellectual history of East European Jewry; early modern Poland

Julia Stephens 
Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.,  Harvard University 
Colonial and postcolonial South Asia, Islam, law, diasporic family histories

Paola Tartakoff 
Associate  Professor of History and Jewish Studies
Ph.D.,  Columbia University 
Social and cultural history of Jews and Christians in medieval and early modern Europe and the Mediterranean 

Andy Urban 
Assistant  Professor of American Studies and  History
Ph.D.,  University of Minnesota
Asian-American; immigration, race, gender, and labor