Kara A. Peruccio is a PhD candidate in Islamic History. Her dissertation, “Women on the Verge: Emotions, Authoritarianism and the Novel in Italy and Turkey, 1922-1936,” a transnational history of Fascist and Kemalist gender politics, will be defended in May 2020. Her teaching and research interests include Modern Middle Eastern History, comparative authoritarianisms, and gender history. Her work as been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the ZEIT-Stiftung Trajectories of Change Program, the Nicholson Center for British Studies, and the UChicago Division of Humanities. 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). In 2011-12, she held a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Uşak, Turkey. Outside the classroom, Kara is a die-hard Liverpool FC supporter, a voracious reader of fantasy and science fiction, and enjoys spending time in her native New England.