Heather Sharkey

Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies

Heather J. Sharkey is a Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC), where she advises undergraduates specializing in the dual Arabic and Hebrew track of the major.  Before coming to Penn, she taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and Trinity College (Connecticut).  She was a Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris during the 2012-13 academic year.  She holds degrees from Yale University (BA Anthropology), the University of Durham (MPhil Middle Eastern Studies; Marshall Scholar), and Princeton University (PhD History).  She is the author of Living with Colonialism: Nationalism and Culture in the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan (University of California Press 2003); American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire(Princeton University Press 2008); and A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2017).  In 2011, she won the Charles Ludwig Distinguished Teaching Award from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences.