Field: Middle East
Advisor: Rashid Khalidi
Susanna Ferguson is a PhD Student in the History of the Modern Middle East, with interests in women and gender, histories of thought, and genealogies of feminism in the Arab world. She is also a certificate candidate at Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWAGS) and a Graduate Fellow of the Women Creating Change project at Columbia’s Center for the Study of Social Difference. Her dissertation tentatively focuses on the transformation of the concept and practice of tarbiya in Egypt and Mount Lebanon at the turn of the 20th century, when the term began to invoke new notions about education and childrearing which would help to shape Arab feminist trajectories into the 20th century.
Prior to beginning her doctoral work at Columbia, Susanna graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a BA in History and received a Master's degree from NYU's Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies.