Alan Mikhail is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt whose research and teaching focus mostly on the nature of early modern imperial rule, peasant histories, environmental resource management, and science and medicine. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University before coming to Yale in 2010. Professor Mikhail is the author of Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, October 2013) and editor of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press, 2013).