Marwa Elshakry

Associate Professor

512 Fayerweather Hall
Phone: (212) 851-5914
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12-1pm


Ph.D — Princeton University 2003
M.A. — Princeton University 1997
B.A. — Rutgers University 1995

Interests and Research

Marwa Elshakry, Associate Professor, specializes in the history of science, technology, and medicine in the modern Middle East. She received her M.A. (1997) and Ph.D. (2003) from Princeton. Her first book, entitled, Reading Darwin in Arabic is forthcoming in 2013 with University of Chicago Press.

Among her publications are 'When Science became Western: historiographical reflections', Isis, 101:1 (March 2010), 98-109, Elshakry and Sujit Sivasundaram, eds., Science, Race and Imperialism [Victorian Literature and Science series: vol. 6], [Pickering and Chatto, 2012], "The Exegesis of Science in Twentieth Century Arabic Interpretations of the Qur'an" in Jitse M. van der Meer and Scott Mandelbrote (eds), Interpreting Nature and Scripture: History of a Dialogue (2009), "Knowledge in Motion: The Cultural Politics of Modern Science Translations in Arabic", Isis, (December 2008), "Darwinian Conversions: Science and Translation in Egypt and the Levant" in Anne-Marie Moulin (ed.), Modernité et modernisation dans l’Empire ottoman du XIXe siècle à nos jours (2008), and "The Gospel of Science and American Evangelism in Late Ottoman Beirut", Past and Present, (August 2007).