Photo of Kristi Barnwell
Associate Prof.
Area of Specialization

Middle East politics, culture, and history

Office Location
UHB 3070
Phone Number

"The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy…Urging all of us to open our minds and hearts so that we can know beyond the boundaries of what is acceptable, so that we can think and rethink, so that we can create new visions…." --bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress

Dr. Kristi N. Barnwell received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in History in 2011. She has published works on the creation of the United Arab Emirates, British imperialism and American-Jordanian relations.

Undergraduate courses taught:

  • HIS 161: Introduction to the Modern Middle East (Falls, on ground)
  • HIS/WGS 211: Women and Gender in the Middle East (Springs, on ground)
  • HIS 373: ECCE Reading Arab Pasts (online and on ground)
  • HIS 375: ECCE Conflict in the Middle East (online and on ground)
  • HIS 475: ECCE Imperialism and Nationalism (online and on ground)
  • HIS 470: Research in the Arab Gulf

Graduate seminars:

  • HIS 501: Graduate History Colloquium (Fall, on ground)
  • HIS 504: American Material Life (Spring 2024, on ground)
  • HIS 510s: Theories of British Imperialism (2011), Modern Middle East Culture and Society (2016), Race and Slavery in the Middle East (2021)


  • Pearson Faculty Award for excellence in teaching (2022)
  • CLAS Award for excellence in teaching (2021)
  • CLAS Award for excellence in service (2017)

Publications (selected):


Modern Middle East, United Arab Emirates, British Imperialism, US-Jordanian Relations


UPI 4100/UIS United Faculty President and Grievance Officer

Campus Senator, CLASS Representative

Member, CLASS Curriculum Committee

Chair, University Requirements Committee

Faculty Advisor, Political Understanding and Activism Club


Middle East History, History methods, Material Culture, Global Studies, Women and Gender Studies