Jennifer L. Derr is an Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she also serves as the founding director of the Center for the Middle East and North Africa. She completed a Ph.D. in History at Stanford University in 2009, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from Stanford University and a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in Contemporary Arab Studies.
Professor Derr’s research explores the intersections among science, medicine, political economy, and the environment in the modern Middle East. She is the author of The Lived Nile: Environment, disease, and material colonial economy in Egypt (Stanford UP, 2019). Professor Derr’s second manuscript project, The Liver in Egypt: Productions of an organ through 20th-century public health and political economy, traces the production of the liver as a site of knowledge, disease, environmental pollution, and treatment in 20th and 21st-century Egypt and the practice of tropical medicine in the global south in the second half of the twentieth century.