Sarah D. Shields

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Director of Graduate Studies

467 Hamilton Hall
CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599
919.962.8078 (phone)

MA University of Kansas, 1980
PhD University of Chicago, 1986

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Webpage

Research Interests

Sarah Shields’s 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), an important coastal province. The book explores the development of Turkish nationalism and diplomacy in the early decades of the new republic, and analyzes French policy (and perfidy) as Paris struggled to balance her commitment to the League of Nations, promises to her Damascus protégés, and the need to protect her interests in the eastern Mediterranean as anxiety about war escalated. 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 currently researching the long-term impact of the League of Nations on the Middle East.

Some Notable Publications

Honors Thesis Students Advised by Sarah Shields

  • Margo Balboni (PWAD)
  • Mattis Hennings (International Studies)
  • Linden Wait (International Studies)

C-Start Courses Advised with Sarah Shields

  • Caitlin Nettleton

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 62—First Year Seminar: Nations, Borders, and Identities
  • HIST 138—Introduction to Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 139—Later  Islamic Civilization
  • HIST 176H—A Century of Protest in the Middle East
  • HIST 273 – Water in the Middle East
  • HIST 275—History of Iraq
  • HIST 276—The Modern Middle East
  • HIST 277—The Conflict Over Israel/Palestine
  • HIST 536—Revolution in the Modern Middle East
  • HIST 537—Women in the Middle East
  • HIST 538—The Middle East and the West
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