Stacy E. Holden

Stacy E. Holden is an Associate Professor of History at Purdue University, and her research and teaching focus on the Middle East and North Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as American engagement with these regions of the world.  She is the author of The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco (University Press of Florida, 2009) and A Documentary History of Modern Iraq (University Press of Florida, 2012).  Her article “Love in the Desert: Images of Arab-American Reconciliation in Contemporary Sheikh Romance Novels”has recently been published in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies.  Working with novels, films and other vehicles of popular culture, Holden is now writing a monograph that addresses the long and intense fascination in the US–from the colonial era to the present–with tales of Americans taken captive by Muslims.  Her complete CV can be accessed at

Stacy’s article, co-written with Charity Tabol, “In Sickness and In Health: Representations of PTSD in Post-9/11 Romance Novels,” appears in albeit 2.1: Women on War