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Samaa Elimam

Assistant Professor

Samaa Elimam’s research examines the intersection of technology, empire, and environment, with a focus on infrastructural landscapes. Her recent work investigates cultures of engineering and land surveying in the Nile Valley under Ottoman rule, particularly in Egypt and Sudan. Other research and teaching topics have explored rival regimes of technical knowledge across the nineteenth century, including methods of land classification and mapping, the colonial management of large hydrological systems, and the aesthetics of public works. She is currently working on a book project and exhibition on the relationship between surveying techniques and the production of the past in the Nile Valley.

Elimam’s work has been supported by grants from the Society for the History of Technology, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture, among others. She previously taught at Harvard University, and was a visiting studio instructor at the American University in Cairo in 2014-2015. Elimam practiced architectural design at offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Cairo. She received a Ph.D. in Architecture from Harvard University, an M.Arch with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a B.A. in Architecture with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

PhD, Harvard GSD
BA, Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
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