Dr. Melis Hafez specializes in the history of the Modern Middle East, with a focus on the last century of the Ottoman Empire (c. 1800s to 1920s). She holds a PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles (2012), where she earned her MA (History, 2006), and her BA (Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, 2003). Before joining VCU’s Department of History, Melis Hafez taught at Rice University (2010).
Dr. Hafez's fields of interest include nation and state formation, culture of nationalism, discourses and practices of citizenship, subjectivity, modernity, and morality. She is also interested in transnational movements in the post-WWI period.
Dr. Hafez is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled The Lazy, the Dandy, and the Industrious: The Culture of Productivity in Late Ottoman Society 1830-1922. The research of this monograph was supported by ARIT-NEH Research Fellowship and American Philosophical Society in 2015-2016."