Assistant Dean of Harvard College
Lecturer, Department of the History of Science
My role is to support Kirkland Students' academic and personal welfare at Harvard. Among other responsibilities, I oversee Kirkland House academic advising, the Senior Review, and applications for professional schools and other graduate programs. I also serve as Kirkland's liaison to other offices and committees within the university, and as the students' official representative on the Administrative Board of Harvard College.
My academic work centers around the question of justice at the intersection of political theory, intellectual history, and science, medicine and technology studies. With a focus on medicine and public health, my research addresses the question of health and social justice, biomedical ethics, and the links between medicine and politics, with a geographical focus on the Middle East and a special interest in postcolonial and gender studies. I usually teach courses on the history of medicine, public health and gender and sexuality. I am currently working on a book manuscript (co-authored with Sherine Hamdy, UC Irvine) on the role of doctors in the Egyptian uprising, and researching another book project on the question of health and social justice and the social roles of doctors in postcolonial Egypt. I am editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (JMEWS) and associate editor of the Journal of Islamic and Muslim Studies (JIMS).
I love reading novels when I have the time and exploring the great outdoors on weekends. I'm a big fan of comics and graphic novels. I’m also a huge cinephile and love listening to music. No matter how busy my schedule gets, my exercise regimen is sacred. Yoga, meditation, journaling, coloring and jigsaw puzzles keep me centered.
I have been working at Harvard since 2007.
Cambridge, MA, 02138