Stephanie Luescher

3rd-year Ph.D. student
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I am a PhD candidate in the Near Eastern Studies Department at Princeton University. I studied Islamic Studies (Islamwissenschaft) as an undergraduate at the University of Zurich (BA) and as a graduate student at Freie Universität Berlin (MA). In-between I lived in Cairo, Egypt, for three years studying Arabic and working in an IT department.

I am interested in the social and cultural history and the archival practices of premodern urban Middle Eastern societies, particularly those of Damascus and Cairo. I have previously worked with certificates of audition and used digital humanities tools to analyze patterns of participation of women and children at ḥadīth reading sessions.

At Princeton, I hope to expand and explore additional documentary sources and to harness the opportunities that digital humanities tools can afford me to efficiently and meaningfully make sense of the available data to ultimately depict a more complex and nuanced view of medieval Middle Eastern society.

I am happy to answer emails of prospective graduate students!