Shehab Ismail is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Department III. He received his PhD from Columbia University’s Department of History in 2017. His dissertation, titled “Engineering Metropolis: Contagion, Capital, and the Making of British Colonial Cairo, 1882-1922,” examines how colonial Cairo became the site of ambitious technological schemes to modernize and reorder the urban landscape, exposing the biological, economic, and political pressures and opportunities that undergirded this transition and the urban infrastructures that were built as a result. Shehab’s research is at the intersection of science and technology studies, urban history, and colonial history. His work examines how colonial infrastructures became key sites of contestation over power, knowledge, and visions of the social order and how they remade colonial spaces and identities. Before joining the MPIWG, his work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies. Shehab is currently revising his dissertation for publication. He is also starting a new project on the history of medical intervention in sexuality in the Middle East, which pushes his interest in the history of medicine and technology in new directions.
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