Kristen Alff



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Kristen Alff

PhD Candidate, San Francisco, CA  kjalff@stanford.edu


EDUCATION
PhD Candidate, Stanford University, History Department expected 2017

Dissertation: The Business of Property: Levantine Joint-Stock Companies, Land, Law, and Global Capitalist Development 1830-1930

Committee: Joel Beinin (Chair), Ali Yaycioglu, Priya Satia
Exam Fields: The Modern Middle East (Joel Beinin)

The Ottoman Empire (Ali Yaycioglu)

British and French Empires (Priya Satia)

Islamic Republics: Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan (Robert Crews)



MA, Middle East Studies, The American University in Cairo, Egypt 2006-2008 Thesis: The Kurds in the Mosul Province: 1918-1932 (Chair: Joel Beinin)
BS/BA, Magna Cum Laude, Boston University, Boston, MA 1995-2001

Bachelor of Arts, English Department

Bachelor of Science, School of Education
FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship 2016-2017

Council of American Overseas Research Centers Research Fellowship 2015-2016

Graduate Research Opportunities Grant, Stanford University 2015

Social Science Research Council, Mellon-IDRF (SSRC) declined 2015-2016

Palestine American Research Center Fellowship 2014-2015

The History Project Research Grant, Harvard University 2013

Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies Research Grant, Stanford University 2013

The Center for Jewish Studies Language Grant, Stanford University 2013

Excellence in First Time Teaching Award, Stanford University 2012-2013

Sterling Graduate Fellowship, Stanford University 2011-2012

History Department Fellowship, Stanford University 2012-2016

Writing Center Fellowship, American University in Cairo 2009

University Fellowship, American University in Cairo 2006-2008

Graduate Arabic Language Fellowship, American University in Cairo 2007-2008



LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced) Hebrew (Intermediate)

German (Advanced) French (advanced reading knowledge)

Turkish (advanced reading knowledge) Ottoman Turkish (reading knowledge)

PRESENTATIONS
“Levantine Joint Stock Companies, Land, Law and Global Capital,” International and Global History: The Economic Dimension, Harvard University, 2016
“Europe as Object: Levantine Joint-Stock Companies, Land, Law, and Global Capital,” New Directions in the Political Economy of the Middle East, Stanford University, 2016.
“Landowners and Peasants in the Marj ibn ‘Amr,” Geballe Middle East Workshop, Stanford University, 2013
“The Ba’ath Party,” Guest Lecture, Formations of the Modern Middle East, Stanford University, Spring 2013
“Colonialism and Christianity in Mandate Palestine,” discussant, Geballe Middle East Workshop, Stanford University, 2012
“Carbon Democracy,” discussant, Geballe Middle East Workshop, Stanford University, 2012
“Life as Politics,” discussant, Geballe Middle East Workshop, Stanford University, 2012

ACADEMIC TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Assistant, Stanford University, History Department

Worlds Of Gandhi (Aishwary Kumar, Winter 2013)

Formations of the Contemporary Middle East (Joel Beinin, Spring 2013)

Human Trafficking: Historical, Legal, and Medical Perspectives (Katherine Jolluck, Spring 2014)

Modern Korean History (Yumi Moon, Spring 2016)
Course Development Assistant, Stanford University, History Department

US Empire in the Middle East (Joel Beinin, Fall 2011)


Teaching Assistant, American University in Cairo, Economics Department

Economics of the Middle East, graduate level (Mona Said, Spring/Fall 2008)


Instructor, Keio University, Foreign Language & Literatures Dept. Tokyo, Japan

Intermediate and Advanced English Reading Skills Parts 1 and 2 (2002-2005)

Intermediate and Advanced English Writing Skills Parts 1 and 2 (2002-2005)

OTHER TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Avon High School, Avon, CT, 9-12 grade English 2010-2011

Keio Senior Boys High School, Advanced English Communication 2001-2005



ACADEMIC WORK EXPERIENCE
Conference/Workshop Organizer, Stanford University

Partitions: Towards Transnational History of Twentieth Century Territorial Separatism, Stanford University, 2013

New Directions in Political Economy of the Middle East, Stanford, 2016

Geballe Workshop in the Modern Middle East, Humanities Center, 2015-2017


Conference Organizer, American University in Cairo

Islam and Democracy, American University in Cairo, 2008



ACADEMIC ASSOCIATIONS
Middle East Studies Association

Kurdish Studies Association

Economic History Association

Political Economy Project Group

Abbasi Center for Islamic Studies

Arab Studies Table

Taube Jewish Studies Center

PERSONAL INTERESTS

Science Fiction

Distance Running

Violin/Music



Fitness




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