Chelsie May

Chelsie May
they/them/theirs
Advisor(s): Orit Bashkin
Islamic History and Civilization
Research Interests: Arab Jews of Iraq and Israel

Academic Bio

Chelsie is a PhD candidate writing a dissertation entitled "Watching Whiteness Work?: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine." In March 2020 their peer reviewed article will be published in the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. This article won the journal’s graduate student paper prize. Chelsie’s research has also appeared in the Journal of Jewish Identities. Their research and teaching interests include: gender and race in the modern Middle East, Middle East history, and intersectionality.

In autumn 2019 Chelsie was the instructor of record for Reading Cultures and in winter 2020 the teaching intern for Gender & Sexuality in World Civilizations. They’ve also taught in: History of Iraq, Modern Middle East History, Arab America, and Readings in World Literature. They are currently a Chicago Center for Teaching Pedagogy Fellow. Chelsie is a representative on the Humanities Dean’s Student Advisory Board and the NELC Student Advisory Board.