Heather Sharkey

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Associate Professor
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835 Williams Hall
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Heather J. Sharkey is a historian in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations.


Ph.D., Princeton University
M.Phil., University of Durham in England
B.A., Yale University

Research and Teaching Interests: 
  • The Islamic world,
  • the modern Middle East,
  • colonial and post-colonial North Africa,
  • the history of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish relations
Selected Publications: 

Living with Colonialism: Nationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003).

American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008).

American Missionaries and the Middle East: Foundational Encounters, eds. Mehmet Ali Doğan and Heather J. Sharkey (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 2011).

Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missions in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, ed. Heather J. Sharkey (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, forthcoming).

For further publications, see CV publications page.

Work in Progress: 

Identity and Community in the Modern Middle East, in preparation for Cambridge University Press.

Recent Courses: 
  • Introduction to the Middle East
  • The People of Modern Egypt
  • North Africa: History, Culture, Society
  • Nationalism and Communal Identity in the Middle East
  • Muslim, Christian and Jewish Relations in the Middle East
  • Iraq, Eqypt, Algeria: Case Studies From the Arab World
  • The Middle East through Many Lenses
  • Migration and the Middle East
  • Food in the Islamic Middle East: History, Memory, Identity