Ko, Nancy

Field: Middle East; Advisor: Elshakry and Khalidi; Year: 2019

Nancy Ko is a PhD student in History at Columbia University and a recipient of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. Her research engages Sephardi-, Mizrahi-, and Arab-Jewish identity formations in the late- and post-Ottoman and Qajar worlds, as well as the history of capital and philanthropy in the global Middle East. More broadly, she is interested in (histories of) theories of racial capitalism and settler colonialism, histories and theories of emotion, and psychoanalysis.
Prior to beginning her studies at Columbia, Nancy read an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar (New York & Magdalen 2017). She also holds a joint B.A. in History and Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University, where she was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and an undergraduate fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics.
Nancy is a co-host for the Middle Eastern StudiesJewish Studies, and Asian American Studies channels at the New Books Network podcast.
An avid runner and knitter, Nancy proudly hails from Bensonhurst in south Brooklyn.