Francesco Anselmetti entered the Joint PhD Program in History and Middle Eastern Studies in 2021. He holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the American University of Beirut. At AUB, he wrote a dissertation on the late work of the Lebanese philosopher Hussein Mroueh, and taught undergraduate seminars on political philosophy and Middle Eastern history. At Harvard, Francesco plans to study agrarian change in the Arab provinces of the Ottoman Empire. More specifically, he is interested in how shifts in land tenure and ownership during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries shaped the political vocabulary available to peasants during insurrections and confrontations with established authority. The project is indicative of his broader concerns with both the early modern and modern history of the Eastern Mediterranean, social and conceptual history (especially their interrelation), political theory, and the history of political and legal thought.