Fall 2009 Course Syllabi:
Fall Office Hours: Mon 8:30-10:30,
1:30-2:00; Wed. and Fri 8:15-9:15; Wed. 1:30-2:00 or by appointment
Dr. Blake teaches a series of courses on the Middle East: Islamic Civilizations, Modern Middle East, Women
in Islam, Islamist Movements, Ottoman Empire and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. She also teaches World History Since 1500, Historical Methods, and the occasional Senior Seminar.
She serves as advisement coordinator for the History Department, so all
students who plan to apply for graduation this year should see her to check
their academic record.
Dr. Blake also serves as the Fulbright Program advisor for graduating
seniors and graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship. Students interested in applying for a
Fulbright should begin to prepare now by taking at least two years of college level language training and pursuing
a rigorous academic program. If you are
interested in applying for a grant, go to the Fulbright website at http://us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html,
review the information, and contact Dr. Blake, preferably in the spring or
summer. Applications are typically due
the first week of October.
PhD Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies,
of California, Berkeley, Department of History,1980.
Dr. Blake is currently working on a manuscript about Ottoman administrators
from the Arab provinces at the end of the Ottoman Empire.
The manuscript is based on her dissertation, "Training Arab-Ottoman
Bureaucrats: Syrian Graduates of the Mülkiye Mektebi, 1890 1920."
Publications and Presentations
Technology into Courses on Islamic Civilization," in Teaching
Islam, edited by Brannon Wheeler, Oxford University Press, 2002.
- "Teaching Islamic
Civilization with Information Technology," in Journal for MultiMedia History, Vol. 1, No. 1, fall 1998, at http://www.albany.edu/jmmh/vol1no1/v1n1.html.
- Organized panel,
"Teaching with Technology: Middle East History and Politics,"
and presented paper, "Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information
Technology," at Middle Eastern Studies Association Conference,
- Organized panel on teaching
World History and presented paper, "Teaching World History: What to
Include," at Mid Atlantic World History Association Conference,
- "Sources for Middle
Eastern Historians on the Internet", paper presented at M.E.S.A.
Conference, November 1995.
- "Sources for Syrian History
in the Ottoman Archives", Syrian Studies Group Newsletter,
Vol. 3, no. 1, Spring 1995, pp. 1-4.
- "The Mechanics of
Promotion: The Case of `Abd al-Qadir al`Azm", at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1993.
Abstract published in Turkish Studies Association Bulletin, 18/1, Spring 1994.
- "Arab Students in
Ottoman Imperial Schools During the Hamidian Era", at conference entitled
"Nationalism, Education, and Ethnicity during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid", Bad Homburg, Germany, July 1993.
- "Ottoman State
Education in the Arab Provinces: 1876-1918", at M.E.S.A. Conference,
- "Arab-Ottoman Identities
in Late Ottoman Syria",
at M.E.S.A. Conference, November 1989. Abstract published in Turkish
Studies Association, March 1990 (vol. 14, no. 1), pp. 37-38.
Rowan University, S.B.R. grants, spring 1997,
spring 1996, spring 1995.
Institute of Turkish Studies
Dissertation Writing Grant, 1989-90.
Fulbright Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Scholarship, 1987-88. Research in Turkey and Syria.
American Research Institute in Turkey,
Honorary Fellowship, 1987-88.
Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholarship, 1982-83, to Jordan.
Government Grant, 1981-82.