Eve M. Troutt Powell is an associate professor at the University of Georgia, where she teaches the history of the modern Middle East. She works primarily on the cultural history of Egypt and the Sudan in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when issues of nationalism, colonialism, and slavery were deeply controversial and divisive. Her book A Different Shade of Colonialism: Egypt, Great Britain, and the Mastery of the Sudan (University of California Press, 2003) explores how these issues influenced the Egyptian nationalist movement.
At Radcliffe, Troutt Powell will work on her study of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese woman kidnapped and sold as a slave between 1878 and 1882. She became a nun in Italy and was beatified in 1982 and canonized in 2000. Her narrative—one of the few in existence that describes the experience of African slaves in the Nile Valley—is a powerful document for the Catholic church and for Christian Sudanese refugees in the Nile Valley today. Troutt Powell will examine many versions of Saint Bakhita’s narrative and compare these with other slave narratives from the United States, Africa, and the Middle East.
Troutt Powell earned her AB and PhD from Harvard University. She has conducted research in Egypt under the auspices of the Social Science Research Council and the American Research Council in Egypt and has been a fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. In 2003, Troutt Powell was named a MacArthur Fellow.
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