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Kara A. Peruccio is a PhD candidate in Islamic History in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, titled “Women on the Verge: Emotions, Authoritarianism and the Novel in Italy and Turkey, 1919-1935” is a comparative history of Fascist and Kemalist gender politics.  Her teaching and research interests include Modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th century Mediterranean, cultural history, and comparative authoritarianisms. Kara received an MA from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies (2014) and a BA with Honors in History from Wake Forest University (2011). Before graduate school, she held a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey.