Zoe Griffith

Assistant Professor
Middle East and Islamic World


Email: zoe.griffith@baruch.cuny.edu
Location: VC 5-257
Phone: (646) 312-4329

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Zoe Griffith is an Assistant Professor of History specializing in the Middle East and Islamic world. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received her BA in History and Middle Eastern and North African Studies from UCLA. Professor Griffith’s current research revisits the arrival of capitalism in the Middle East through the history of Egypt’s pre-colonial port cities at the turn of the 19th century. Her work has been inspired and informed by the years she was lucky to spend living in the Middle East, especially Egypt and Turkey, since 2004. In particular, she in interested in how ordinary men and women experienced grand-scale economic and political change, and how their responses have shaped local, regional, and global history. Her broader research and teaching interests include the history of the Ottoman Empire and modern Middle East, political economy, commodity history, material culture and urban history, and gender and family history.

Professor Griffith completed her Ph.D. at Brown University in 2017. In addition to her written work, she hosts interviews on the popular Ottoman History Podcast.

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