Carmen M.K. Gitre has been appointed an assistant professor in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Gitre is one of 27 new tenure-track faculty members at the college this fall. The new hires are part of the college’s ongoing efforts to attract renowned scholars to strengthen and expand its teaching, research, and engagement programs. The college has added more than 100 full-time permanent faculty members in the past four years.

Gitre’s research focuses on modernity, imperial history, and culture in late 19th-early 20th century Egypt. She will teach a range of courses on Middle Eastern history with a focus on the modern Middle East.

Gitre has been published in journals including the Arab Studies Journal and the Journal of Semitic Studies. She is completing a book, Performing modernity: Theater and political culture in Egypt, 1869-1923.

She received a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University, a master's degree from Dominican University, and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.