Elizabeth H. Shlala

Elizabeth H. Shlala

Visiting Scholar
Elizabeth H. Shlala

Elizabeth Shlala is a specialist in modern Mediterranean studies with a particular focus on migration, law, and Islam. Her main research areas are two-fold: legal imperialism and colonial hybridity in the late Ottoman period and the social, intellectual, and economic impact of contemporary global migrations. Her work analyzes the historical roots of current identities, discourses, and institutions.

Elizabeth obtained her BSFS from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and holds both a MA and a PhD from Georgetown University's Department of History. She returns to the US after three-year teaching and research fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She also taught at Georgetown University (Washington, DC) and Barnard College (NYC). She spent a year as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University's History Department. She was a Fulbright Hays DDRA fellow researching in Egypt, Italy, and the UK. She received a certificate for Session IV of the Euro-Mediterranean Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI). She was a researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University.

Elizabeth has been a research associate at the Centre of Migration, Policy & Society (COMPAS) at Oxford University since 2011. Her most recent project with colleagues at Oxford and CENWOR assessed the health of Sri Lankan domestic workers in the Gulf funded by the Open Society International Migration Initiative (OSF). She has published articles in Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations Journal and the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. While at CMES, she is working on a monograph that engages a vibrant strand of historiography addressing issues of hybridity and law at the heart of competing empires-Ottoman, khedival, British, French and Italian.

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