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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Reem Elghonimi

B.S., Information Systems, summa cum laude; M.A., Humanities, University of Texas at Dallas

PhD Candidate


After working professionally as a computer science engineer and traveling as an information technology consultant for five years, I changed careers and began a graduate program of study in History. I am interested in the history of the early modern Middle East and England and the relationship between the two in terms of politics, religion and intellectual culture. I earned my Master's degree in 2010 from the University of Texas at Dallas with distinction for a portfolio which included a review of the historiography of the German Peasants' War of 1525 and a research project situating Arabic natural philosophy in seventeenth-century England. I was awarded the Robert Plant Armstrong Fellowship in Spring 2011.

I began my PhD program of work in History at the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. My dissertation project traces the circulation of Arabic optics in Elizabethan and Stuart England, 1558-1671. It provides a new evidentiary base for situating Arabic sciences in the middle of the seventeenth century, past the period described as one of decline for Arabic Studies. 

I have received a research-year fellowship for 2014/2015  from the Department of History at UT. I plan to visit archives in the U.S. and England.


Arabic Intellectual Culture; Spain, North Africa, and the Middle East; Elizabethan and Stuart England; History of Science and Medicine; Cultural History; Political Thought
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