Heather Sharkey

Heather Sharkey

Professor of Modern Islamic History

835 Williams Hall

Heather J. Sharkey is a historian in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She teaches classes on the Islamic world, the modern Middle East, and colonial and postcolonial North Africa, and on the history of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish relations. She holds degrees from Yale (Anthropology, BA), the University of Durham, England (Middle Eastern Studies, MPhil), and Princeton (History, PhD). She has received many fellowships, including the Marshall, Fulbright-Hays, and Carnegie. 

Sharkey’s first book, entitled,  Living with Colonialism: Nationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan, appeared from theUniversity of California Press in 2003.  Her second book, entitled American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire, appeared from Princeton University Press in 2008. She is co-editor of American Missionaries in the Middle East: Foundational Encounters (forthcoming from the University of Utah Press). Presently she is writing a book on the history of inter-communal relations among Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the modern Middle East and North Africa. Her articles have appeared in many edited volumes (among them Globalization and the Muslim World  [2004], Literature and Nation in the Middle East [2006],  Muslim-Christian Encounters in Africa [2006], and Proselytization Revisited: Rights, Free Markets, and Culture Wars [2008]) and in periodicals such as the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of African History, Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and theJournal of Imperial and Commonwealth History. She is on the editorial advisory boards of the International Journal of African Historical StudiesChurch History and Religious CultureIslamic Africa, and Northeast African Studies