Beverly Tsacoyianis

Beverly Tsacoyianis

History

My dissertation is on mental health treatment in 1920s-1950s Syria. I analyze how certain individuals labeled others as disabled, criminal, or otherwise threatening to society.
Grounded in social and medical history, I study how health practices (ranging from psychiatric to vernacular) were manipulated for political and social goals. My source base includes psychiatric patient case files, historical fiction, and press sources.Border-crossings and identity experiences are important aspects of this data, including rural to urban migration and life in refugee camps. My work contributes to debates in the history of medicine as well as to debates about the role of state and non-state actors in preserving health and shaping citizens. My qualifying fields are the Modern Middle East; pre-modern Islamic science, medicine and government; and Global and Comparative History.
My teaching interests include the politics of health in the early modern and modern Middle East, including Turkey, Israel, and Iran.