Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg




Curriculum Vitae


  • Princeton University A.B., 2003, History. Certificate, Near Eastern Studies
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor M.A., 2005, Near Eastern Studies
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Ph.D., 2008, Near Eastern Studies
  • Ph.D. thesis: “Blighted Bodies and Physical Difference in Cairo, Damascus and Mecca, 1400-1550”


Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor of History Queens College, The City University of New York, 2008-present
  • Fellow Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Institut für Arabistik und Islamwissenschaft, 2012-2014
  • Fellow Universität Bonn, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg, 2014-2015

Research Interests

  • Classical Arabic literature
  • Disability studies
  • Arabic codicology and paleography
  • Medieval Islamic history


Lectures and Conference Presentations

• “Ibn Tulun’s Strategic Depictions of a Damascene Majlis,” Mamluk Historiography Revisited: Narratologial Perspectives, Bonn,
• “Blue and Green Eyes in the Mamluk Period,” School of Mamluk Studies Conference, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice, Italy
• “The Holograph Notebooks of the Damascene Historian Akmal al-Din b. Muflih (d. 1011/1602),” Autograph/Holograph and Authorial Manuscripts in Arabic Script, Liège, Belgium
• “Blue and Green Eyes in the Islamicate Middle Ages,” 32. Deutscher Orientalistentag, Münster, Germany
• “Women Professors of Law and Ethics. New Evidence from a Damascene Manuscript,” Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg for the History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517), Universität Bonn, Germany
• “Two New Biographical Works from the Damascene Scholar al-Nasir Muhammad b. Zurayq (d. 900/1495),” 22nd Colloquium on the History of Egypt and Syria in the Fatimid, Ayyubid, and Mamluk Eras (10th-15th Centuries), Ghent, Belgium
• “Medieval Islamic Art: A Closer Look,” Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, New York
• Discussant, “Early Public Health Services, Planning, and Training in the Middle East” panel, Middle East Studies Association, Washington, District of Columbia
• “Blue and Green Eyes in Medieval Islamicate Culture”, Princeton University, Near Eastern Studies Brown Bag Lecture Series, Princeton, New Jersey
• Panelist, “Why the Middle Ages Matter” panel, Columbia University Medieval Studies Seminar, New York City April 29, 2011
• “Drug Overdose, Male Friendship and Disability in Late Medieval Cairo,” Middle East Studies Association, San Diego, California November 20, 2010
• “Constructing Legal Definitions of Disability in Fifteenth-Century Mamluk Cairo,” American Historical Association Conference, San Diego, California January 8, 2010
• “Asexuality in Islamic Contexts,” Women's Studies Colloquium, Queens College, CUNY September 23, 2009
• “The Future of Disability Studies,” Invited Presentation, Plenary Panel, Society for Disability Studies Conference, Tucson, Arizona
June 20, 2009
• “Myths and Realities of Jihad,” CUNY Series, New York, New York April 20, 2009
• “Bodies in Islamicate Culture: Portraits of Disability in Medieval Arabic Biographical Collections,” Gendering Islamicate Histories Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan September 30, 2005
• “Negotiating the Liminal Realities of Slavery: Abbasid Singing Female Slaves as Umm Walads,” Avignon Conference of Slavery and Unfree Labour, Université d’Avignon, France May 19-21, 2004
Fellowships and Awards
• Research Fellow, Annemarie Schimmel Kolleg “History and Society during the Mamluk Era (1250-1517),” Universität Bonn
• Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow, Gerda Henkel Stiftung/M4HUMAN Programme 2014-2015
• CUNY: Scholar Incentive Award
• Alternate, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University 2012-2013
• ARTstor Research Travel Grant 2010
• PSC-CUNY Research Grant 2010
• CUNY: Faculty Fellowship Publication Program Spring 2010
• NEH Seminar, “Disease and Disability in the Middle Ages,” Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University of London
Summer 2009
• Rackham Merit Fellowship 2007-2008
• Rackham Merit Fellowship 2006-2007
• International Institute Individual Fellowship Summer 2006
• Center for World Performance Studies Residency 2005-2006
• Foreign Language Area Studies Scholarship, Persian Summer 2004
• Rackham Merit Fellowship 2003-2004

Undergraduate Instruction

  • Islam in Historical Perspective (Fall 2011)
  • Illicit Substances in Islamic History (Fall 2011)
  • Islamic Civilization, 600-1517 (Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011)
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality in Islam (Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Fall 2010)
  • Modern Middle Eastern History (Spring 2009)
  • Place, Travel and Self in the Islamic Middle East (Spring 2009)


Graduate Instruction

  • Readings in Quran Translations (Fall 2011)
  • Women and Gender in Islam (Fall 2010)
  • History of Disability and Special Education in the Middle East (Spring 2010)
  • Readings in Kurdistan and Turkey (Spring 2010)
  • Introduction to Middle Eastern History (Fall 2009)


Committee Service
• Member, Bruce D. Craig Mamluk Studies Dissertation Prize Committee, University of Chicago
• Member, Search Search Committee for an Academic Program Manager,
Center for Jewish Studies, Queens College 2012-13, Spring 2012
• Member, Disability Studies Advisory Committee, JFK, Jr. Institute for Worker Education, CUNY
September 2008-present
• Member, Music of the Muslim World Curriculum Committee, Queens College, CUNY, September 2008-present

Affiliations and Memberships
• Deutsche Morgenländische Gesellschaft
• Middle East Studies Association 2012-present
• Disability History Association 2006-2009


Professional Service

• Concentration Adviser, History Department, Queens College (2009-12)
• Webmaster, Queens College History department website (2009-12).

• Web Editor, Queens College Year of Turkey website (2011-12).
• Web Editor and Academic Adviser, Queens College, Arts of the Islamic World online
museum (2012).