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Faisal Husain

Faisal  Husain

Assistant Professor of History

413 Weaver
University Park , PA 16802


  1. PhD, Georgetown University, 2018
  2. MA, Yale University, 2012
  3. BS, Pennsylvania State University, 2010


Faisal Husain is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire (c. 1450-1800), with a focus on the Ottoman provinces of southeastern Anatolia and Iraq and their natural environment. His current book project, Water and Power in the Ottoman Tigris-Euphrates Basin, examines the establishment of a unified imperial regime over the Tigris and Euphrates in the sixteenth century and the consequences of this political transition on the Ottoman state, provincial settlements, and the environment. Husain has a background in historical climatology. In two workshops at Princeton University in 2015 and 2016, he learned to work with the evidence trees and pollen grains provide for historical climate variability. He currently serves on the editorial board of Global Environment.

Recent Publications:

“Changes in the Euphrates River: Ecology and Politics in a Rural Ottoman Periphery, 1687-1702,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 47, no. 1 (Summer 2016): 1-25.
      - Winner of the 2017 Ömer Lütfi Barkan Prize for Best Article in Turkish and Ottoman Studies, awarded by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association

“In the Bellies of the Marshes: Water and Power in the Countryside of Ottoman Baghdad,” Environmental History 19, no. 4 (2014): 638-664.
Winner of the 2014 Leopold-Hidy Prize for Best Article in Environmental History, awarded by the American Society for Environmental History and the Forest History Society

Select Awards and Service:

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2017-2018

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education, 2016-2017

Dissertation Writing Grant, The Institute of Turkish Studies, 2016-2017

Piepho Travel and Research Grant, Georgetown University, 2014