Michelle Campos is Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at University of Florida. She earned her PhD in 2003 from Stanford University, after which she taught in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Cornell University. Campos has lived and done research in Israel/Palestine, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Her areas of interest include the late Ottoman Empire, the social history of historical Palestine, Muslim-Non-Muslim relations, urban history and social networks.
Michelle Campos’s Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early-Twentieth Century Palestine, explores the development of Ottoman collective identity, tracing how Muslims, Christians, and Jews became imperial citizens together. In Palestine, against the backdrop of emerging Zionism and Arab nationalism, Jews and Arabs still cooperated in local development and local institutions as they embraced imperial citizenship. As Campos reveals, the coming conflict between Arabs and Jewsin Palestine was not imminent, but rather erupted in tensions that arose out of the promises and shortcomings of “civic Ottomanism.”