Welcome! My name is Johanna Peterson and I am a PhD candidate at the University of California, San Diego, studying modern Middle Eastern history with a focus on questions of nationalism, gender, and citizenship. For my MA thesis, I examined the development of a Syrian- and Lebanese-American identity among Syrian and Lebanese immigrants in the United States during the interwar period, focusing on the role women played in that development. For my PhD dissertation, titled “‘A Measure of All Nations’: Girls’ Schools and Constructions of Citizenship in Lebanon, 1919-1951,” I am looking at the intersection of gender, nationalism, citizenship, and education in French mandate Lebanon. In particular, I explore the central role of girls’ education, educational institutions, and the female students, teachers, and administrators that comprised them in the contestation and formation of ideas about female citizenship in colonial and emerging nation-states.

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