Paula A. Sanders

Paula A. Sanders
Professor of History
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
Faculty Affiliate, Jewish Studies
Faculty Affiliate, Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Faculty Affiliate, Program in Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations
Ph.D. Princeton University, 1984
B.A. Northwestern University, 1977
713-348-5923
Allen Center 430C
Areas of Interest: 
  • Islamic history and culture, 7th-15th centuries
  • History of architectural preservation in the Middle East
  • Jews in the lands of Islam, Cairo Geniza
Research and Teaching: 

Dr. Sanders is currently on leave from the history department as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. She teaches occasionally. She does not teach in the graduate program.

Selected Publications: 
  • Creating Medieval Cairo: Empire, Religion, and Architectural Preservation in Nineteenth-Century Egypt (The American University in Cairo Press, 2007)
  • A Mediterranean Society, vol. 6, with S. D. Goitein (California, 1993)
  • Ritual, Politics, and the City in Fatimid Cairo (SUNY, 1994)
  • Travelers in the Middle East Archive (co-PI).  The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) is a digital archive that focuses on Western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.