Shana Minkin focuses on the modern Middle East. Stanford University Press published her first book, Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, Egypt, in 2019. Imperial Bodies used the British, Egyptian, and French archives to explore how the European imperial powers used the rituals and bureaucracy of death – in hospitals, funerals, cemeteries, death certifications and autopsies – to claim physical and symbolic space in Egypt. She is currently working on a project that uses an oral history of two Egyptian Jewish sisters (with family roots in Baghdad and Calcutta) who remained in Cairo post the dispersion of the community in the 1950s as its starting point. This book focuses on questions of memory and narrative in what she calls an internal diaspora, as these women were both firmly of Egypt and in diaspora from their Egypt.
Research project: Vera-fying History: Memories of an Egyptian Jewish Life
Chair, International and Global Studies, Sewanee: the University of the South (on research leave as of 2021)
Associate Professor of International and Global Studies, Sewanee: the University of the South
2015 - 2019
Assistant Professor of International and Global Studies, Sewanee: the University of the South
2012 - 2015
Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
2009 - 2012
Visiting Assistant Professor of History, Swarthmore College
PhD, Joint Program in History and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, New York University
MA, Honors, Jewish Studies, Emory University
BA, University of Pennsylvania
Imperial Bodies: Death, Governance, and Empire in Alexandria, Egypt. Stanford: Stanford University Press, November 2019.
Refereed Journal Articles
“History from Six-Feet Below: Death Studies and the Field of Modern Middle East History.” History Compass 11/8. Pp. 632-646.
“Simone’s Funeral: Egyptian Lives, Jewish Deaths in 21st Century Cairo.” Rethinking History 16/1. Pp. 71-89.
“Documenting Death: Inquests and Foreign Belonging in Post-1882 Egypt.” The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance. Marilyn Booth and Anthony Gorman, Eds. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. Pp. 31-56.
“Imperial Death and Belonging in Alexandria, Egypt,” The Immanent Frame, Social Science Research Council (forthcoming). https://tif.ssrc.org/category/essays
“Shana Minkin, Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, (New Texts Out Now),” Jadaliyya, https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/42525
“Corona Correspondence #43,” The Sewanee Review https://thesewaneereview.com/articles/corona-correspondences-43
“Vera-fying History: Memories of an Egyptian Jewish Life,” Jews in Muslim Lands Workshop, Penn State University, online
Roundtable participant, “The Power of Bodies and Bones: Revisiting Death and Dying in the Middle East,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Meeting, online
“’If you wish to employ Englishmen, you must do so at your own risk…’: Hashish, Murder, and Boundary-Making in the Foreign Cemeteries of Alexandria,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Chair, “Medicine, Life and Death,” Middle Eastern Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
“Mourning the Imperial Dead in Turn-of-the-Century Egypt,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC
“Who were the Arabs? Indigenous Hospital Patients as French Imperial Actors in British Egypt,” French Colonial Historical Society Annual Meeting, Aix-en-Provence, France
Organizer and Chair, “French Colonial Rule in the Mediterranean,” French Colonial History Society, Aix-en-Provence, France
“French Imperial Bodies in Late Nineteenth-Century Alexandria,” French Colonial Historical Society Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada
“Dying to Be French: French Consular Death Registries in Late Nineteenth-Century Alexandria,” Meditopos conference, University of Michigan
“Dying to Be French: French Consular Death Registries in Late Nineteenth-Century Alexandria,” Mapping Nations, Locating Citizens, Humbler College with the International Festival of Arts, Toronto, Canada
“Vera-fying History: Memory and Archives of an Egyptian Jewish Life,” University College Dublin
“Imperial Bodies: Empire and Death in Alexandria, Egypt,” EUME Berliner Seminar