Nancy L. Stockdale | Department of History

Nancy L. Stockdale

Associate Professor and University Distinguished Teaching Professor
WH 238
Middle Eastern History

I am an historian of the modern Middle East, and teach classes about the region from the emergence of Islam to our contemporary moment. My research specialities include late Ottoman and British Mandate Palestine, gender and empire in the modern Middle East, critiques of Orientalism, representations of the Middle East, and British empire in the region. I am also building a scholarly reputation around the topic of Glam Rock, especially the life of Freddie Mercury. My work is theoretical and accessible, and I believe that the most important histories make connections between the past and our present. I am interested in intersections of gender, race, and class, and enjoy telling stories of everyday people living mundane and extraordinary lives. I am currently writing a book about representations of the Middle East in British and American entertainment over the past 150 years, as well as editing a volume on food and foodways in the Middle East and North Africa.

UNT Faculty Profile

Select Publication Highlights:


Colonial Encounters Among English and Palestinian Women, 1800-1948. (University Press of Florida, 2007)

Select Journal Articles and Book Chapters:

"No Escape From Reality: The Postcolonial Glam of Freddie Mercury," in Global Glam: Style and Spectacle in Popular Music from the 1970s to the 2000s, ed. by Ian Chapman and Henry Johnson (Routledge, 2016), pp. 83-97.

"Palestinian Girls and the British Missionary Enterprise, 1847-1948" in Girlhood: A Global History, ed. by Jennifer Helgren and Colleen A. Vasconcellos (Rutgers University Press, 2010), pp. 217-233.

"Painting the Bible Land: An Artist Missionary's Recreation of Palestine," in Historical Dimensions of Islam: A Festschrift in Honor of R. Stephen Humphreys, ed. James Lindsay and Jon Armajani (Darwin Press: Princeton, 2009), pp. 233-244.

"Murder in the Holy Land: Matilda Creasy and the Mystery of Missionary Death" in New Faith in Ancient Lands: Western Missions in the Middle East in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries, edited by Heleen Murre-van den Berg (Brill: Leiden/Boston, 2006), pp. 113-132.

"'Citizens of Heaven' versus 'The Islamic Peril': The Anti-Islamic Rhetoric of Orlando's Holy Land Experience Since 9/11/01," American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences, 21:3 (Summer 2004), pp. 89-109.

Select Awards and Recent Accomplishment Highlights:

UNT President's Council Teaching Award, 2016

At-Large Senator for Associate Professors, UNT Faculty Senate (2018-2021)

Editor of H-Levant on H-Net (since 2015)

UNT Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Nominee, 2020