Zoe Ann Griffith

Asst Professor

Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Department: History

Areas of expertise:

Email Address: zoe.griffith@baruch.cuny.edu

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Education

Ph.D., History, Brown University Providence RI

M.A., History, University of California, Berkeley Berkeley CA

B.A., History and Middle East and North African Studies, University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles CA

SemesterCourse PrefixCourse NumberCourse Name
Fall 2023HIS3085Islamic Mideast/N.Af
Fall 2023HIS1003Global His Since1500
Spring 2023HIS4900Capstone: Search His
Fall 2022HIS3950Special Topics in Global Histo
Fall 2022HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2022WSM3085Special Topics in Women's and
Spring 2022HIS4900Capstone: Search His
Fall 2021HIS4900Capstone: Search His
Fall 2021HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2020WSM3085Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
Fall 2020HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2020HIS3950Special Topics in Global Histo
Spring 2020HIS3086Mod Mideast&N.Africa
Spring 2020POL3086Mod Mideast&N.Africa
Spring 2020HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2019HIS3085Islamic Mideast/N.Af
Fall 2019HIS1003Global His Since1500
Spring 2019WSM3085Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
Spring 2019HIS3950Special Topics in Global Histo
Spring 2019HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2018HIS3086Mod Mideast&N.Africa
Fall 2018HIS1003Global His Since1500
Fall 2018POL3086Mod Mideast&N.Africa

Books

Griffith, Z. A. The Egypt Merchants: Imperial Governance and Economic Life in Ottoman Ports, 1670-1830. University of California Press. In Progress.

Journal Articles

Griffith, Z. (2022). Environment, Political Ecology, and the Culture of Waqf in the Eighteenth-Century Northern Egyptian Delta. Mamluk Studies Review, 25. 19-48.

Griffith, Z. (2011). Calligraphy and the Art of Statecraft in the Late Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkish Republic. Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East , 31(3). 601-614.

Book Chapters

Alexandria: Between Desert and Sea in Ottoman Egypt. Twelve Cities––One Sea: Early Modern Port Cities and Their Inhabitants

Case Studies

Griffith, Z. Raziya bt. Abdallah v. Hafiza bt. Receb: a former concubine wins her manumission in court, Harvard Law School Islamic Law Blog - ShariaSource 1-8 (2022).

Media Contributions

Griffith, Z., & Bruce, G. M. (2020). Shibli Nomani’s Urdu Travelogue of the Ottoman Empire.

Griffith, Z. A., & Gratien, C. (2020). “Making of the Islamic World”.

https://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/p/the-making-of-islamic-world.html

This is a podcast series featuring experts in the history of the Islamic world for use in the university classroom

Griffith, Z., & Um, N. (2020). Indian Ocean Exchange in Early Modern Yemen.

Griffith, Z., Dolbee, S., & Küçük, H. (2020). Science in Early Modern Istanbul.

Griffith, Z., & Ferguson, H. (2019). Language, Power, and Law in the Ottoman Empire.

Griffith, Z., & Ellis, M. (2019). Egypt, Libya, and the Desert Borderlands.

Griffith, Z., & Smiley, W. (2019). Captivity and Ransom in Ottoman Law.

Griffith, Z., Philliou, C., & Ferguson, S. (2017). Ottoman Governance and the House of Phanar.

Griffith, Z. (2016). Compiling Knowledge in the Medieval Islamic World.

Griffith, Z., & Yaycioglu, A. (2016). The Ottoman Empire in the Age of Revolutions.

Griffith, Z., & Cheta, O. (2016). Capitalism and the Courts in 19th Century Egypt.

Griffith, Z., & Levi, M. (2016). Translating the Ottoman Novel.

Griffith, Z., & Marsoobian, A. T. (2016). Armenian Photography in Ottoman Anatolia.

Griffith, Z., & Ozbek, N. (2016). Osmanli'da Vergi Siyaseti (1839-1908) [Tax Policy in the Ottoman Empire, 1839-1908, in Turkish].

Presentations

Griffith, Z. A. (2024, February 21). The New Egyptian Order. Ottoman Political Economies working group. virtual: Ottoman Political Economies working group.

Griffith, Z. A. (2024, September 21). Muslim Merchants and Rising Russia: Confessionalization and Ottoman Reforms, 1770s-1830s. Second Ottoman Political Economies Conference. New York University and CUNY Graduate Center: Ottoman Political Economies.

Griffith, Z. A. (2024, October 21). The Egypt Merchants as Imperial Intermediaries: governing commercial and social networks in the eighteenth-century Ottoman Mediterranean. Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Workshop. Princeton University: Mid-Atlantic Ottoman Workshop.

Griffith, Z. A. Late-Eighteenth Century Egypt: A ‘General Crisis,’ or Structural Readjustment?. Final Meeting of EGYLandscape research project. Aix-en-Provence, France/virtual

Griffith, Z. (2021, June 7). "Labor History of Egypt, 1600-1800". General Labor History of Africa planning meeting. : University of Leiden.

Griffith, Z. (2021, December 2). Alexandria as an Arena of Ottoman Politics. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Virtual: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2021, September 24). An Imperial Coast. Manuscript workshop. Virtual: CUNY Graduate Center's Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center.

Griffith, Z. A. (2021, November 5). Finance and Political Economy. Histories of Capitalism in the Middle East symposium. Virtual

Griffith, Z. (2020, December 1). Mapping the Egypt Merchants: Merchant Banking and Provincial Revenues between Egypt and Istanbul in the Eighteenth Century. Ottoman Political Economies working group. Virtual: Northumbria University (UK) and Stanford University.

Griffith, Z. (2020, June 30). Waqf, Water, and commercial agriculture in the 18th century northern Delta. Second Workshop of the EGYLandscape Project. Virtual (originally Cairo, Egypt): EGYLandscape Project.

Griffith, Z. (2020, February 11). Communities of Obligation: the Political Economy of Ottoman and French Occupation in Egypt, 1785-1805. Middle East Studies Speaker Series. Bard College: Bard College.

Griffith, Z. (2020, October 31). Mapping the Egypt Merchants: Ottoman Credit Networks Between Egypt, Istanbul, and the Red Sea, 1720-1810. Middle East Studies Association Conference. Virtual (originally Washington, DC): Middle East Studies Assocation.

Griffith, Z. (2019, January 31). The Scorn of the President (and the Present): Teaching and Writing Politicized Histories in the Age of Trump. American Historical Association annual meeting. Chicago, IL: American Historical Association.

Griffith, Z. (2019, September 30). Modernity’s Losers: Egypt’s Early Modern Port Cities and the History of Capitalism. Global Asia Colloquium. New York University, New York, NY: New York Center for Global Asia.

Griffith, Z. (2019, September 30). Pious Endowments on Irrigated Land in the 18th Century Northern Delta. Inaugural Workshop of the EGYLandscape Project: sources, methods, and tools. Philipps Universitat - Marburg: EGYLandscape Project.

Griffith, Z. (2019, November 30). Paying for a New Order: Financiers and Ottoman Reforms in Egypt, 1786-1806. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. New Orleans, LA: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2018, June 30). Caveats to Crisis: Capital Accumulation and Political Allegiance in the Egyptian Delta, 1784-1805. Oxford Nahda Conference. Oxford, UK: Oxford University.

Griffith, Z. (2016, November 30). Selling to the State: Waqf Property and the Rise of Agricultural Monopolies in Nineteenth-Century Egypt. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Boston, MA: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2016, April 30). Bequeathing the Nile: Landed Endowments and Political Challenge in 18th-Century Egypt. ANAMED Fellows Symposium. Istanbul, Turkey: Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations.

Griffith, Z. (2016, January 31). Movement in the Ottoman Mediterranean: People and Goods in Egypt’s Eighteenth-Century Ports. American Historical Association annual meeting. Atlanta, GA: American Historical Association.

Griffith, Z. (2015, July 31). Encounters of a Different Kind: the Impact of Regional Militarization on Rice Cultivation in Egypt. European Society of Environmental Historians annual meeting. Versailles, France: European Society of Environmental Historians.

Griffith, Z. (2015, November 30). Bequeathing the Nile: Landed Endowments and Political Challenge in 18th-Century Egypt. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Denver, CO: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2014, August 31). Family, Property and Inheritance in Ottoman Lebanon: The Case of Keçecizade Mehmed Agha’s Mulberry Trees. World Congress for Middle East Studies annual meeting. Ankara, Turkey: World Congress for Middle East Studies.

Griffith, Z. (2014, November 30). A Fine-Grained History: the socio-politics of rice cultivation in late-eighteenth-century Ottoman Egypt. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Washington, D.C.: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2014, May 31). Fat Cats of the Eastern Mediterranean: the Role of the ‘Egypt Merchants’ in the Provisioning of Istanbul in the Late-18th Century. Second International Conference on Ottoman Istanbul. Istanbul, Turkey: 29 Mayis University.

Griffith, Z. (2012, November 30). Politics and Family in Ottoman Tripoli. Middle East Studies Association annual meeting. Denver, CO: Middle East Studies Association.

Griffith, Z. (2008, June 30). Calligraphy and the art of statecraft in the late Ottoman Empire and modern Turkish Republic. Sakip Sabanci Research Award Ceremony. Istanbul, Turkey: Sakip Sabanci University.

Reviews

Griffith, Z. (2014,January 1). Review of Zeinab Abul-Magd, Imagined Empires: A History of Revolt in Egypt. Arab Studies Journal.

Griffith, Z. (2012,January 1). Review of Nelly Hanna, Artisan Entrepreneurs in Cairo and Early-Modern Capitalism (1600-1800). Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies .

Griffith, Z. A. (1970,January 1). Review of Ozan Ozavci, Dangerous Gifts: Imperialism, Security, and Civil Wars in the Levant, 1798-1864. Arab Studies Journal. In Progress.

TitleFunding Agency SponsorStart DateEnd DateAwarded DateTotal FundingStatus
Debt and Diplomacy in Egypt Between Two Invasions, 1785-1805PSC CUNY 5207/01/202106/30/202304/15/20213499.45Completed
Paying for the Ottoman "New Order," 1780-1820PSC-CUNY 5007/01/201912/31/202204/15/20194815Completed
"Cities of Clay and Stone: Empire and Society in the Ottoman Mediterranean, 1680-1830"Eugene Lang Fellowship06/01/202106/30/202205/07/20215258Funded - In Progress
Honor / AwardOrganization SponsorDate ReceivedDescription
Sydney N. Fischer Graduate Student Paper PrizeTurkish Studies Association2012Annual award for the best graduate student paper on Ottoman or Turkish history.
Brookings Institute-Sakip Sabanci International Research Award for Turkish StudiesBrookings Institute and Sakip Sabanci Foundation2008Honorable mention for an article submitted on continuity between the Ottoman Empire and Turkish Republic. $2,000 award.

Department

Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
History Department Curriculum CommitteeCommittee Member9/1/2019Present
History Department Committee on Tenure and Promotion StandardsCommittee Member4/1/20214/30/2021

College

Committee NamePosition RoleStart DateEnd Date
Public History InitiativeCommittee MemberPresent
Major/minors fairCommittee MemberPresent
History Department Curriculum CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
Weissman Curriculum CommitteeCommittee MemberPresent
Baruch College CommencementFaculty Marshall5/30/2023
Baruch College CommencementFaculty Marshall5/26/2022
History Department Committee on Tenure and Promotion StandardsCommittee Member4/30/2021
Major and minors fairCommittee Member11/30/2019
Mental Health First Aid trainingAttendee, Meeting4/12/2019
Majors and Minors FairCommittee Member11/8/2018

Professional

OrganizationPosition RoleOrganization StateOrganization CountryStart DateEnd DateAudience
American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) research fellowship selection committeeCommittee Member2/20/20212/21/2021