Isacar Bolaños

Portrait of Isacar Bolanos wearing a suit and blue tieCredentials

Ph.D., History, Ohio State University, 2019

M.A., Near Eastern Studies, University of Arizona, 2011

B.A., History, University of California, San Diego, 2008

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Fields of Interest

Isacar Bolaños specializes in the environmental history of the Ottoman Empire. He is currently writing a book on the Ottoman state’s response to natural disasters in Iraq during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At CSULB, he teaches courses in World History, the modern Middle East, environmental history, and the history of health, medicine, and disease. 


“Water, Engineers, and French Environmental Imaginaries of Ottoman Iraq, 1868-1908,” Environmental History 27:4 (2022): 772-798. 

“The Ottomans during the Global Crises of Cholera and Plague: The View from Iraq and the Gulf,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 51:4 (2019): 603-620.

Honors and Awards: 

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Fellowship, 2022-2023


HIST 396: Contemporary World History

HIST 397: Global Environmental History

HIST 398: Global Histories of Health, Medicine, and Disease

HIST 432: Change and Continuity in the Middle East