Jennifer L. Derr

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentHistory Department
AffiliationsCritical Race and Ethnic Studies,
Environmental Studies Department
Phone831-459-3602 (office)
Office529 Humanities 1
Office HoursSpring 2017: Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm and by appointment
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Jennifer L. Derr

Research Interests

Colonial and Post-colonial Middle Eastern history; Egypt; agricultural and environmental history; Ottoman history; spatial politics; African history; Islamic history; history of science; history of medicine

Selected Publications


“A New Nile: The 1902 Aswan dam and the remaking of the Nile River” (manuscript in preparation)


 “The Dirty Subject of the First World War” International Journal of Middle East Studies vol. 46 no. 4 (November 2014): 781-783.


 “A Draft of the Colony: Historical Imagination and the Production of Agricultural Geography in British-Occupied Egypt” In Environmental Imaginaries of the Middle East and North Africa. Edited by Edmund Burke III and Diana K. Davis. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2011.


 “Re-Envisioning Egypt, 1919-1952Arab Studies Journal 15 (Fall 2006): 166-168.


“The Elite Nation?” Arab Studies Journal 13, 14 (Fall 2005, Spring 2006): 207-212.


 “Said, Science and Politics in Egypt: A Life’s JourneyMiddle East Report 236 (Fall 2005): 47-48.


 “Toward a New History of the Indian Ocean: Review of R.J. Barendse The Arabian Seas: The Indian Ocean World of the Seventeenth Century, Linda Boxberger On the Edge of Empire: Hadhramawt, Emigration and the Indian Ocean, 1880s-1930s, and Leila Tarazi Fawaz and C.A. Bayly, eds., Modernity and Culture: From the Mediterranean to the Indian OceanArab Studies Journal 11, 12 (Fall 2003-Spring 2004): 143-149.


 “Regulation of p53 by Hypoxia: Dissociation of Transcriptional Repression and Apoptosis from p53-Dependent Transactivation” (with Constantinos Koumenis, Rodolfo Alarcon, Ester Hammond, Patrick Sutphin, William Hoffman, Maureen Murphy, Yoichi Taya, Scott W. Lowe, Michael Kastan, and Amato Giaccia) Molecular and Cellular Biology, Vol. 21, No. 4 (February 2001): 1297-1310.


Courses Taught

HIS 41: The Making of the Modern Middle East
HIS 156: Interrogating Politics in the Post-Colonial Middle East
HIS 156A: Art, Culture, and Mass Media in the Arab Middle East
HIS 157: The Ottoman Empire
HIS 194Q: Making Space in the Colonial and Post-Colonial World
HIS 194W: Social Movements in the Modern Middle East
HIS 260: History and the Spatial Turn: Making Space, Place, and Geography in History