Since 2010 I have been an assistant professor of History and Near Eastern Studies. My primary research interests are in the social, cultural and intellectual history of the modern Middle East, with a particular focus on twentieth-century Lebanon and Syria. On the side, I enjoy translating Arabic novels into English and am very excited about bringing a number of writers whose work I have translated to campus this year. I look forward to getting to know Rocky as I advise freshmen and sophomores for the first time. I grew up in southern California, received my B.A. with a double major in History and Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, and earned a Ph.D. in Middle East History from Stanford. When I have the time, I'd rather be swimming, playing music and (on rare occasions) venturing into the city.