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NC JSS Welcomes Orit Bashkin

The North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar welcomes Orit Bashkin.

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Baskin is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. A historian working on the intellectual, social, and cultural history of the modern Middle East, she teaches courses on nationalism, colonialism and postcolonialism in the Middle East, on modern Islamic civilization, and on Israeli history. Her fields of expertise include Iraqi history and culture, Arab-Jewish history, Arab intellectual history, and Israeli history. Her current research project explores the lives of Iraqi Jews in Israel.

Bashkin earned her PhD in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University. She has previously been a fellow at the Katz Center, and has also held fellowships at the National Forum on the Future of Liberal Education and at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

Her publications include: "Impossible Exodus: Iraqi Jews in Israel" (Stanford University Press, 2017) and "New Babylonians: A History of Jews in Modern Iraq" (Stanford University Press, 2012)