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Harrod, Richard


University of Chicago


I was born in Santiago, Chile and, after being adopted by an American family, was brought to the US at about 2 years old. I grew up in Annapolis, Maryland. I developed an interest in ancient history at a young age and studied Latin in high school. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Classics and History in 2007 from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Illinois where I continued my study of Latin and added ancient Greek. I also studied Graeco-Roman history extensively, focusing on ancient warfare and religious life in Greece and Rome. Following college, I spent several years in the private sector, during which I became interested in the Middle East and took Arabic at my local community college. In 2013 I began my formal study of the Middle East at the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies. At Chicago I focused on the Arab world in the 19th & 20th century and completed my Master's Thesis examining Islamicate interpretations of Muhammad Ahmad al-Madhi of the Sudan. I also co-organized a conference on the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council at the University and was a member of the Middle East Studies Student's Association (MESSA). I am currently applying to PhD programs in History, while guest lecturing in a course on Judaism & Islam at Monmouth College. I maintain a blog on Modern Middle Eastern History (link below), continue to study Arabic and am teaching myself Turkish.

DISCIPLINE
History
SUB AREAS
South Asian Studies   
Mughal Studies   
Identity/Representation   
Historiography   
Gulf Studies   
Arab Studies   
Arabic   
World History   
Nationalism   
Islamic Thought   
Colonialism   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
19th-21st Centuries   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Africa (Sub-Saharan)   
India   
Gulf   
Ottoman Empire   
Islamic World   
All Middle East   
Arabian Peninsula   
Yemen   
Sudan   
SPECIALTIES
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LANGUAGES
Arabic (Intermediate)   
Russian (Elementary)   
French (Elementary)   
English (Native)   
EDUCATION
MA2015Center for Middle Eastern StudiesUniversity of Chicago
BA2007History/ClassicsMonmouth College
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