Kathryn Schwartz is a historian of the late Ottoman and modern Middle East. She earned her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 2015, and her B.A. in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from King’s College, the University of Cambridge in 2008.
Kathryn’s research focuses on the social implications of technological change. She is currently working on a book project entitled Print and the People of Cairo, which offers new perspectives on Middle Eastern book history by demonstrating the centrality of human agency, commerce, and manuscript continuity to Egyptians’ adoption of printing during the 19th century. Her recent articles have examined printing as social praxis, and as an arena for forwarding ideas about advancement and backwardness.
History of the Modern Middle East, History of the Book, History of Technology
Kathryn A. Schwartz, “Did Ottoman Sultans Ban Print?”. Book History 20 (2017): 1-39.
Kathryn A. Schwartz, “The Political Economy of Private Printing in Cairo, As Told from a Commissioning Deal Turned Sour, 1871.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 49:1 (2017): 25-45.
Awards and Accolades
Research Fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, 2017-2020
Awarded Book History’s 2017 Graduate Essay Award
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Digital Library of the Eastern Mediterranean, Widener Library, Harvard University, 2015-2017
The Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Fall 2015
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, The Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, Harvard University, 2014-2015
Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, Harvard University, 2013-2014
Fulbright to Egypt, U.S. Student IIE, U.S. Department of State (accepted, but program suspended), 2013-2014
Merit/Graduate Society Term-Time Fellowship, Harvard University, Fall 2012
Presidential Scholar Fellowship, Harvard University, 2009-2015
Courses Recently Taught
History 131: The Middle East, 1500–Present