Alan Mikhail is Professor of History at Yale University and is the recent recipient of the Anneliese Maier Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

He is a historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt. He is the author of God’s Shadow: Sultan Selim, His Ottoman Empire, and the Making of the Modern World; Under Osman’s Tree: The Ottoman Empire, Egypt and Environmental History (2017); The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (2014); and Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (2011). He is also the editor of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa (2013). He is currently writing a book on the Ottoman Empire and world history.

Mikhail’s publications have received numerous recognitions, including the Roger Owen Award of the Middle East Studies Association, the Alice Hamilton and Leopold-Hidy Prizes of the American Society for Environmental History, the Wayne D. Rasmussen Award of the Agricultural History Society, the Ömer Lütfi Barkan Prize of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, and Yale’s Gustav Ranis and Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prizes.

The Program has been co-initiated by Cornel Zwierlein as the German cooperation partner of the Anneliese-Maier-Award winner Alan Mikhail