- History of the Balkans
- Urban history
My dissertation, "Bourgeois Balkans: World-building in Belgrade and Sofia 1830-1912” examines the transformation of urban life in the post-Ottoman capitals of Belgrade and Sofia during the long nineteenth century. I center my study upon the emergence of a new “bourgeois world” through three constitutive processes: the production of space, the gendered transformation of social reproduction, and the recalibration of state violence. These three realms bound together the dispossession of Balkan Muslims, the labor of masons and sex-workers, Swiss and German factories, British lines of credit, Habsburg engineers and scientific policing. I contend that this reconstruction of Southeast European cities be seen as part of a transnational process, “bourgeois-world-building” dependent upon the enclosure of bodies and imaginations.