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Jane Hathaway

Jane Hathaway is an Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of History at the Ohio State University, specializing in the Ottoman Empire before 1800. Initially, her research focused on the empire’s Arab provinces, particularly Egypt and Yemen. In recent years, however, she has turned her attention to the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman imperial harem.

 Her publications include the monographs The Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Harem: From African Slave to Power-Broker, The Arab Lands under Ottoman Rule, 1516-1800, Beshir Agha, Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman Imperial Harem, A Tale of Two Factions: Myth, Memory, and Identity in Ottoman Egypt and Yemen, The Politics of Households in Ottoman Egypt: The Rise of the Qazdaglis, and several edited volumes.

She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and has chaired the selection committee for MESA’s Albert Hourani Book Award. In 2018, she received Ohio State’s University Distinguished Scholar Award, which is awarded to six faculty members university-wide each year. The same year, she was named College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor and received the Clio Award for Distinguished Faculty Teaching from Ohio State’s chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Her research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, among others.