Rosie Bsheer is a social, cultural, and intellectual historian of the modern Middle East, with interests in historiography, archive theories, urban petro-modernity, comparative colonialism, and material culture. Bringing into conceptual view the intersection of socio-intellectual movements, the discursive and material registers of state making, and imperial formation, her current research focuses on the ways in which the imperatives of oil infrastructure shaped the production of political subjectivities, archives, and then built environment in Saudi Arabia.
Professor Bsheer teaches courses on oil and empire, social and intellectual movements, petro-modernity, urban history and theory, Ottoman Arabian Peninsula, and the making of the modern Middle East. She is Associate Producer of the 2007 Oscar-nominated film "My Country, My Country," an intimate portrait of Iraqis living under US occupation and the tragic narrative of how this occupation unfolds. She is co-editor of Jadaliyya E-zine and Dawn of the Arab Uprisings: End of an Old Order? (Pluto Press, 2012) and Associate Editor of Tadween Publishing.