Eve M. Troutt Powell

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Associate Professor of History
Contact Information
Office Address: 
208C College Hall
215 898.3518
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Office Hours: 
Tues, Thurs. 10:30-noon; Thurs. 1:30-4:30 PM

Eve M. Troutt Powell teaches the history of the modern Middle East. As a cultural historian, she emphasizes the exploration of literature and film in her courses. 


B.A, M.A., and Ph.D., Harvard University

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Both her research and her teaching explore the relationship between Africa and the Middle East, and thus connect her closely to Africana Studies and African Studies at Penn.

Selected Publications: 

A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California, 2003).

The African Diaspora in the Mediterranean Lands of Islam, co-editor with John Hunwick (Princeton Series on the Middle East, Markus Wiener Press, 2002).

She has also written a number of articles on the history of African slavery in the Nile valley, and on Saint Josephine Bakhita, a former Sudanese slave canonized in 2000.

Work in Progress: 

Prof. Troutt Powell is now working on a book about the memory of slavery in the Nile valley, which examines how slaves and slaveholders wrote, sang or talked about the experience of servitude and its meaning in their societies.

Recent Courses: 
  • HIST 081 History of the Middle East since 1800
  • HIST 106 Religion, Revolution and Nationalism in the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 189 Modern Egypt
  • HIST 216 Filming the Middle East
  • HIST 371 Africa and the Mid-East