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Shields, Sarah D.

Professor, History
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Sarah Shields, Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor in the History Department at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, teaches courses on the modern Middle East, the history of Iraq, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the development and consequences of nationalism and borders in the region. She has been named a "Favorite Geek" by the Independent Weekly. Her new book, Fezzes in the River: Identity Politics and European Diplomacy in the Middle East on the Eve of World War II (Oxford University Press, 2011) is a social and diplomatic history of the contest between France and Turkey over the Sanjak of Alexandretta (1936–1940). Her previous book, Mosul before Iraq: Like Bees Making Five-Sided Cells (State University Press of New York, 2000), analyzes the economy and society of nineteenth-century Mosul and the region surrounding it. She is also author of the National Geographic Countries of the World Series volume on Turkey, and has consulted on other books aimed at secondary school audiences. She is currently researching the long-term impact of identity politics and the League of Nations on the Middle East.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
19th-21st Centuries   
Mediterranean Studies   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Nationalism   
Ottoman Studies   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Turkey   
Iraq   
Ottoman Empire   
Syria   
SPECIALTIES
Econ Hist of ME   
Natlsm   
LANGUAGES
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EDUCATION
PhD1986HistU of Chicago
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Sarah D. Shields






Department of History
University of North Carolina
Hamilton Hall, CB #3195
Chapel Hill, NC
27599-3195
United States
Phone:919-962-8078
Fax:919-962-1403
sshields@email.unc.edu

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