Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2001
M.A. University of Chicago, 1992
B.A. St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1986
University of Guelph, Department of History, 2007-
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, Junior Lecturer, 2003-2007
University of Minnesota, Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor, 2002-2003
Lake Forest College, Illinois, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2002
Princeton University, Ertegun Visiting Scholar in Ottoman Studies, Near Eastern Studies, 2001
University of Illinois at Chicago, Visiting Lecturer, 1998-2000
19th & early 20th century Ottoman Empire on the eve of modernity
Advent of nationalism among Arabs and Turks in the Empire
Race and Identity in the Ottoman Empire
Orientalism and perceptions of the Middle East/Muslims
Perceptions and interrelations, wolves and humans through time
Areas of research for graduate supervision
Middle East history
A Short History of the Ottoman Empire (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021)
Ottomans Imagining Japan: East, Middle East and Non-Western Modernity at the Turn of the Twentieth Century (Basingstoke: Palgrave-MacMillan, Transnational History Series, 2014).
editor, The Islamic Middle East And Japan: Perceptions, Aspirations, And the Birth of Intra-asian Modernity (Princeton, NJ: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2007).
“Meiji Japan, Ottoman Egypt, and the British Occupation: A Turn of the Century Colonial Triangle of Non-Western Modernity and Anti-Colonial Egyptian Nationalism,” Global Perspectives On Japan 2(2020), 69-105.
“Shepherd's Enemy or Aşina, Böri, Börte Činō, and Bozkurt? Wolf as Menace, Wolf as Mythical,” Society and Animals: Journal of Human-Animal Studies 24:6(2016), 556-573.
“Rising Sun over Bear: The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War upon the Young Turks,” in François Georgeon et al (eds.), « L’ivresse de la liberté : la evolution de 1908 dans l’Empire ottoman » The euphoria of liberty: the 1908 revolution in the Ottoman Empire (Paris: Peeters Publishers, 2012). 454-485.
"Hatano Uho: 'Asia in Danger,' 1912," in Pan-Asianism: A Documentary History Vol. I 1850-1920, edited by Sven Saalar and Christopher W.A. Szpilman (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), 149-160.
“Japan’s Progress Reified: Modernity and Arab Dissent in the Ottoman Empire,” special issue: The Islamic Middle East and Japan: Perceptions, Aspirations, and the Birth of Intra-Asian Modernity, Princeton Papers Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies 14 (2007): 91-120.
“Editor Introduction to the Islamic Middle East and Japan: Perceptions, Aspirations, and the Birth of Intra-Asian Modernity,” Princeton Papers Interdisciplinary Journal of Middle Eastern Studies (Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2007), 1-10.
"Pan-Asianism in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1905-1912," and "Conceptualizing Modernity in Late Ottoman Times: Japan as a Model Nation, 1902-1913," in The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History, edited by Camron Michael Amin, Benjamin C. Fortna and Elizabeth B. Frierson (London: Oxford University Press, 2006), 331-338, 432-40.
“‘Sick Man of Europe’ or ‘Japan of the Near East’?: Constructing Ottoman Modernity in the Hamidian and Young Turk Eras,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 36 (May 2004), 207-30.
“The Palestine Druzes: Search for Solidarity and Alliance Formation in Israel,” Journal of Druze Studies 1, no. 2 (Spring 2001): 79-113.