- Doctor of Philosophy, History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
- Magister der Philosophie, History, University of Vienna
- Magister der Philosophie, Arabic Studies, University of Vienna
I am serving as a faculty member in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. My responsibilities include teaching, research and service. I have taught, and developed honors variants of, the following courses: HIST 101 and 102 Survey of European History; HIST 201 The Art of Historical Detection: The Modern Middle East; SCTS 200 Science in Society: Values, Ethics and Politics. I have advised Graphic Design students and supervised students’ course registrations in lieu of the Director of Liberal Arts & Sciences. I have also chaired the Research Development Committee and served on a task force to create promotion guidelines for the Liberal Arts & Sciences Program.
Before coming to VCUQatar, I had the great pleasure of working at the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Freie Universität Berlin, SOAS, University of London, and King Saud University. I also had the privilege of being a visiting scholar at the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies in Riyadh.
In addition to my employers, I am very grateful to a number of foundations that have funded my research over the years. They include Gerda Henkel Stiftung, the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, the Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation, the Society for Arabian Studies, and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. Finally, I sincerely thank my family, my friends, colleagues and all the other people who have supported me.
My research interests lie in global history, the history of science and scholarship, and the history of the Middle East. My first book is entitled Historiography in Saudi Arabia: Globalization and the State in the Middle East. I am currently working on a second book with the title Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East. I am also undertaking research for a third book with the working title The Arab World’s Final Frontier: Transnational Space Science. Finally, I am thinking about researching Muslim conceptions of space aliens. You can find more about my research here.
- “Rentier science: history of biology and evolution in the Arab Gulf States.” British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference, Swansea University, Wales, 2015.
- “Biology, Evolution and Scientific Islands of Efficiency in Arabia.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, held as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ontario, 2015.
- “Transnational Biology and Astronomy in the Gulf: Globalization and Science in the Middle East.” Liberal Arts International Conference Looking Forward, Looking Back: Transnational Perspectives on Globalization, Texas A&M University at Qatar, 2015.
- “The Arab World’s Final Frontier: Sultan Al-Saud and Transnational Space Science.” The British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2014
- “The Arabs’ Final Frontier: Transnational Astronomy and Space Science.” Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, held in conjunction with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada, 2014
- “Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East.” Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference, Doha, Qatar, 2013
- “Globalization, the State, and Narrative Plurality: Historiography in Saudi Arabia.” British Society for Middle Eastern Studies Annual Conference, University of Exeter, England, 2011
- “Globalization, the State, and Narrative Plurality: Historiography in Saudi Arabia, 1924–2010.” 44th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), San Diego, California, 2010
- “Globalization, the State, and Narrative Plurality: Historiography in Saudi Arabia, 1932–2010.” Third World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies, Barcelona, Spain, 2010
- Researching Biology and Evolution in the Gulf States: Networks of Science in the Middle East. London: I.B.Tauris, 2015.
- ”Dynastic Periodization and its Limits: Historiography in Contemporary Arab Monarchies.” Der Islam 91, no. 1 (2014): 95–114
- Historiography in Saudi Arabia: Globalization and the State in the Middle East. London: I.B.Tauris, 2014
- “Recent Science in Arabia: Networks of Biology and Evolution in the Gulf Monarchies.” Orient Bulletin 24 (2013): 3–4
- “How Saudis Write Their History: Historiography in Saudi Arabia.” Bulletin of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia 17 (2012): 4–5
- “The Crusades in Arab School Textbooks.” Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations 19, no. 2 (2008): 199–214
- Distinguished Achievement in Research Award, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, 2015
- BRISMES Leigh Douglas Memorial Prize for the best PhD dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic, British Society for Middle Eastern Studies and Leigh Douglas Memorial Fund, 2013
- Abdullah Mubarak BRISMES Scholarship, Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah Foundation and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies, 2010
- Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award for Travel, Royal Society for Asian Affairs, United Kingdom, 2009
- Prize for the best university graduates in Austria, Austrian Federal Minister of Science and Research, 2007