Who we are

Current principal collaborators

Marina Rustow (PhD, History, Columbia University, 2004) is the Khedouri A. Zilkha Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Professor of History at Princeton University and Director of the Geniza Lab. She is the author of Heresy and the Politics of Community: The Jews of the Fatimid Caliphate (2008) and is currently completing a monograph on Fatimid petitions and decrees and a broader study of Jews and medieval Middle Eastern states.

Eve Krakowski (PhD, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago, 2012) is Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies and Judaic Studies at Princeton University and a principal collaborator on the DIMME project. She is completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Coming of Age in Medieval Egypt: Women’s Adolescence, Jewish Law and Ordinary Culture.

Tamer el-Leithy (PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 2005) is a Mamluk historian, an expert in the use of legal documents for social and interconfessional history, and was a postdoctoral fellow on the DIMME project in 2015. He is now Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.

Craig Perry (PhD, History, Emory University, 2014) is a postdoctoral fellow in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a principal collaborator on the DIMME project. His dissertation, “The Daily Life of Slaves and the Global Reach of Slavery in Medieval Egypt, 969-1250 CE,” is based on documentary sources from the Geniza.

Naïm Vanthieghem (PhD, Classics, Université libre de Bruxelles 2014) is a papyrologist who specializes in both Greek and Arabic documents and a postdoctoral fellow on the DIMME project for 2015–16. His doctoral thesis is entitled « Contributions à la reconstruction, à l’édition et à l’étude des archives dites d’Hèrôninos. »

Advisors, consultants and research assistants

Jessica Goldberg (PhD, History, Columbia University, 2005) is Associate Professor of History at the University of California at Los Angeles and author of Trade and Institutions in the Medieval Mediterranean: The Geniza Merchants and Their Business World (2012).

Brendan Goldman (PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins University) is currently writing a dissertation on how conquest shaped the institutions of Arabic-speaking Jews residing in the Crusader states (1098-1291).

Jennifer Grayson (PhD candidate, Johns Hopkins University) is currently writing a dissertation on Jews and the political culture of Abbasid Baghdad and the wider Islamic world (890–1209).

Oded Zinger (PhD, Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, 2014) is a postdoctoral fellow in Jewish Studies at Duke University. His dissertation, "Women, Gender and Law: Marital Disputes According to Documents from the Cairo Geniza," studies the history and use of rabbinical courts and documents, especially by women.