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Welcome to my website


Yaron Ayalonmy book I am an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and a historian of the Middle East, Ottoman Empire, and Jews of the Muslim world (among other things).  I’m the author of Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes, which recently appeared with Cambridge University Press (you can look inside and buy it here).

I also maintain an online writing guide for students, and a website for students to ask questions and get advice on college, career, and life questions.

Previously, I taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma and Emory University.

For more about me and what I do, please browse the links above or contact me.

As part of my new project Five Hundred Words I hold weekly conversations with my students about career, professional, and social issues. Some conversations are videotaped and placed on the website,and there’s a question and answer section on the Facebook page. Here’s an example of a recent conversation about increasing opportunities for women:

Please watch and share my Last Lecture talk, delivered in front of 500 students at Ball State University on 19 February 2014.

Have a nice day!