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Michelle Campos

Department of History


Phone: (352) 273-3397

Office Location:  234 Keene-Flint

Area of specialization: History of the late Ottoman Empire, historical Palestine, Muslim-Non-Muslim Relations

Michelle Campos joined the faculty in the fall of 2006 and is now Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History. She earned her Ph.D. in 2003 from Stanford University, after which she taught in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Dr. Campos has lived and done research in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, and her areas of interest include the late Ottoman Empire, the social history of historical Palestine, Muslim-Non-Muslim relations, urban history and social networks.

Dr. Campos’s first book, Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early-Twentieth Century Palestine, explores the development of Ottoman collective identity in the aftermath of the July 1908 Ottoman revolution, tracing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews defined, practiced, and contested the contours of imperial citizenship and local belonging. Ottoman Brothers was the recipient of the 2010 Yonatan Shapiro Award for Best Book in Israel Studies, awarded by the Association for Israel Studies, as well as the 2011 National Jewish Book Award in Sephardic Culture. A Turkish-language translation entitled Osmanlı Kardeşler is scheduled to appear later in 2012. Dr. Campos’s research also has been published in theInternational Journal of Middle East Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly File, and various edited books.


Dr. Campos is currently working on two new projects. The first engages questions of religious reform, political theory, and inter-communal relations, focusing on the works of a prominent Ottoman religious scholar and public intellectual. The second project is an extended study of community and social networks in nineteenth and twentieth century Jerusalem.