Dr. Lucia Carminati

Areas of specialization:

Modern Egypt; Eastern Mediterranean; Transnational History

Areas of competence:

Middle East History; Urban History; Migration History; History of Science, Technology, and Infrastructure; Gender Analysis; Micro-History and World History


Personal website

I completed my Ph.D. at the History Department of the University of Arizona in August 2018. While a Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, I am working on a manuscript provisionally titled Seeking Bread and Fortune in Port Said, 1859-1906: Migrant Labor and the Making of the Suez Canal. In this book, I trace the social and cultural history of Port Said’s urban beginnings at the intersection of migratory routes, imperial interests, and infrastructural transformations. My next research projects include studies in the history of public health on the Suez Isthmus; a historical analysis of migrants’ correspondence; an inquiry into the history of both maritime and land-based transportation networks in the region.

My research has received support from the Fulbright Commission, the University of Arizona, the Social Science Research Council, the Mellon Foundation with the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Zeit Foundation, and the Coordinating Council for Women Historians with the Berkshire Conference.


Port Said and Ismailia as Desert Marvels: Delusion and Frustration on the Isthmus of Suez, 1859-1869” Journal of Urban History (January 9, 2019): 1–26.

Dead Ends in and out of the Archive: An Ethnography of Dār Al Wathā’iq Al Qawmiyya, the Egyptian National Archive.” Rethinking History (August 10, 2018): 1–18.

Alexandria, 1898: Nodes, Networks, and Scales in Late Nineteenth-Century Egypt.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 59-1 (2017): 127-153.

Italians Consider the International Problem of Trafficking in Women, 1928-1936.” In Women and Social Movements in Modern Empires since 1820, by Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin. Binghamton; Alexandria: Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender at the State University of New York; Alexander Street Press, 2016.

Q&A with filmmaker-translator Ernesto Pagano about Taxi and Islam in Naples.” Mada Masr, Cairo-based news website (August 21, 2016).

“Zaynab al-Ghazali’s Women, Marriages, and Contradictions: Her Life as an Archive.” Al-Raida. The Pioneering Arab Journal on Gender Issues 148-149-150, Islamic Feminist Texts and Women Activism (Winter/Spring/Summer 2015): 70-79.