Please excuse this website’s appearance as I work on implementing changes and updates to it. Most links should function, but they may not look the way they should.
I am an Assistant Professor of History at Ball State University in Muncie, IN, and the Associate Director of the Jewish Studies Program. A historian of Jews of the Muslim world, the Middle East, and the Ottoman Empire (among other things), I’m the author of Natural Disasters in the Ottoman Empire: Plague, Famine, and Other Misfortunes (Cambridge University Press, 2015; look inside and buy it here). At my university, I serve as the Vice Chair of the Faculty Council, the representative body of all faculty on campus. I am a member of several university committees, and chair our university’s Financial and Budgetary Affairs Committee, which oversees our university’s budget.
I also maintain an online writing guide for students.
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.
Please watch and share my Last Lecture talk, delivered in front of 500 students at Ball State University on 19 February 2014:
And My TEDx talk on religious tolerance in the early modern world (April 2015):
Have a nice day!