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I am a historian of the modern Middle East and Mediterranean and an Assistant Professor of History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maine. My teaching and research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history. I received my PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020.

My book project, Suffrage Mediterranean Style explores suffrage activism in Turkey, Italy, Spain, and Egypt during the 1920s and 1930s. I am interested in how these women activists engaged nationally and internationally in ways that complicate nationalist politics and move beyond traditional binaries of east versus west, north versus south, and Islamic versus Christian.

My dissertation “Women on the Verge: Emotions, Authoritarianism and the Novel in Italy and Turkey, 1922-1936” is a comparative history of Fascist Italy and Kemalist Turkey. By analyzing novels by Sibilla Aleramo, Grazia Deledda, Suat Derviş, Halide Edip, Maria Messina, and Nezihe Muhiddin, I explored the relationship between emotions and authoritarian gender politics in the interwar Mediterranean. My article, “Bad Romance: Toxic Masculinity, Love, and Heartbreak in Interwar Italian and Turkish Women’s Novels, 1923-32,” appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Journal of Women’s History.

I received my MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2014) and a BA with Honors in History from Wake Forest University (2011), where I also minored in Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies. I held a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey from 2011-12.

Education

Ph.D., Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, University of Chicago
M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, University of Chicago Center
B.A., History (Honors), Wake Forest University (2011)

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey

Contact Information

kara.peruccio@maine.edu
207-581-1920

History
5774 Stevens Hall, Room 255
Orono, Maine 04469

Teaching

At UMaine, I teach courses on early 20th-century Europe, the modern Mediterranean, transnational feminisms, and graduate student professional development.

Research

My research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history.

About

I hold a joint appointment in the Department of History and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Maine.