Kara A. Peruccio is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and History at the University of Maine. She is a historian of the modern Middle East and Mediterranean. Her teaching and research interests include women’s movements, modern Middle Eastern History, the 20th-century Mediterranean, and cultural history.

Her 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. Her 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. She is currently working on an article exploring generational conflict and gender in early republican Turkey.

Kara received her PhD from the University of Chicago’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations in August 2020. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago Center for Middle Eastern Studies and a BA with Honors in History from Wake Forest University, where she also minored in Italian and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Prior to joining the University of Maine faculty, Kara was a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago in 2020-21.