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The Gritty Underworld of the Nile River: The politics and science of waterborne infection in colonial Egypt



Prof. Jennifer Derr presents “The Gritty Underworld of the Nile River: The politics and science of waterborne infection in colonial Egypt” as part of the Fifth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference at Harvard University, held on April 5-6, 2013. The theme of the conference is “Communities Like You: Animals and Islam.” To learn more, visit: http://www.islamicstudies.harvard.edu/conferences/.

Jennifer Derr is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she teaches courses in the history of the modern Middle East, Ottoman history, environmental history, world history, and post-colonial politics. She completed a PhD in History at Stanford University in 2009. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in Contemporary Arab Studies. Before moving to the University of California, she taught at the American University in Cairo and Bard College. Professor Derr’s research concerns the social, cultural, and environmental history of the modern Middle East. She is currently completing a manuscript exploring the construction of the environment surrounding the Nile River in colonial Egypt and its relationship to the practice of the colonial state. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Mellon Foundation, and the Institute for Historical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

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