Faculty Directory

Jennifer L. Derr
  • Title
    • Assistant Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • History Department
  • Affiliations Science & Justice Research Center, Environmental Studies Department, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Phone
    831-459-3602 (office)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, 529
  • Office Hours Winter and Spring 2019: On sabbatical
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Middle East Studies, Environmental Studies, Capitalism, Colonialism, History, North Africa, Science Studies, Disease and Immunity, Water
  • Courses HIS 41: The Making of the Modern Middle East; HIS 151A: Medicine and the Body in the Colonial World; 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; HIS 261: The Contours of the New Middle East History

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


The Lived Nile: Environment, disease, and material colonial economy in Egypt (forthcoming, Stanford University Press, July 2019)


“Labor-time: Ecological bodies and agricultural labor in 19th and early 20th-century Egypt” International Journal of Middle East Studies 50 no. 2 (May 2018): 195-212.


 “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.