Kara Peruccio is a postdoctoral Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago. She is a scholar of gender and cultural history in the modern Middle East and Mediterranean.  Her teaching and research interests include Modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and comparative authoritarianisms. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020.

Her article “Bad Romance: Toxic Masculinity, Love, and Heartbreak in Interwar Italian and Turkish Women’s Novels, 1923-32” is forthcoming in Journal of Women’s History 33.2 (Summer 2021). 

Kara Peruccio received an 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 she also minored in Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies. Before graduate school, Kara held a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey from 2011-12.