Chelsie May

Chelsie May
Advisor(s): Orit Bashkin
Islamic History and Civilization

Academic Bio

Chelsie is a PhD candidate whose research and teaching interests include: gender and race in modern Middle East history, Iraqi history, Arab Jewish history, and intersectionality. Her dissertation is titled "Watching Whiteness Work: The Racialization of Jewish Women in Iraq and Israel/Palestine, 1941-1966." In July 2018 The Journal of Jewish Identities published her article "'Girls of the Eastern Communities': The Intersectionality of Female Arab Immigrants in Israel-Palestine, 1947-1969." Her research has been funded by The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, the Greenberg Center for Jewish Studies, and the Nicholson Center and she has presented at the national conferences of the Middle East Studies Association and the Association for Jewish Studies. Chelsie has taught in courses that discuss: Iraqi history, gender in Iraq, modern Middle East history, Arab diasporic identity and racialization and world literature. She obtained her B.A. from UCLA and M.A. from Brandeis.