Rambo Reza

About Rambo Reza

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern History at the University of Arizona. I have had a fascination with the Ottoman Empire since my undergraduate career, and my B.A. and M.A. theses both covered topics in Ottoman history. As an M.A. student, my research covered Middle Eastern migrants to Mexico in the early 20th century, which involved establishing an historical context of late Ottoman migrations to the Americas. As a Ph.D. Candidate, my focus has shifted to the early modern Ottoman Empire and my research methodologies to that of social historians.

I am currently researching the political economy of the Ottoman coffee trade in the 1600s and 1700s, prior to the Tanzimat era.

My research languages are Ottoman Turkish, Classical Arabic, and Spanish.

Although of the social history bent, I have an intense feminist curiosity with which I approach my work, mainly coming from my gender identity as transfeminine (she/her/hers pronouns, please), the process of my gender transitioning, and also coming from my active work as a burlesque performer since 2013. I am "out" as both transgender and as a burlesquer in my adacemic and extra-curricular circles, and utilize the same name for both (academic work prior to gender transitioning is listed under my previous name, Ramón E. Duarte).

Selected Publications

  • Duarte, Ramón E. "Producting Yeni Dünya for an Ottoman Readership: The Travels of Ilyas bin Hanna al-Mawsuli in Colonial Latin America, 1675-1683." In East Meets West in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Age: Transcultural Experiences in the Premodern World. Series: Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 14. Edited by Albrecht Classen, 699-714. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2013.
  • Duarte, Ramón E. "¿Extranjeros Perniciosos ó Mexicanos? Middle Easterners and the Negotiation over National Identity in Mexico, 1927-1937." M.A. Thesis, New Mexico State university, 2009.

Research Interests

  • Ottoman History
  • Political Economy of Coffee
  • Middle Eastern History
  • Early Modern & Modern MENA
  • World History
  • World Economic Systems
  • Commodity Studies
  • Stimulants & Drugs

Affiliated, Non-Dissertational Research Interests

  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Transgender Awareness, Visibility, & Identity Assertaion vis-à-vis High Modern Statecraft (à la James Scott, Seeing Like a State)
  • Gender & Sexuality in the Early Modern & Modern World
  • Burlesque & Neo-Burlesque in the Modern World
  • Punk Rock as Late 20th Century American Counter Culture
  • Martial Arts as Products of Modernity & the Modern Nation State 

Burlesque Performance History

  • Since 2013
  • Masculine & Feminine Performance Aesthetics
  • Act Book (performer resumé/CV) Available Here
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Contact Information

Rambo Reza
Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern History


M.A. History (New Mexico State University, 2009)

B.A. Asian Studies (University of New Mexico, 2005)


Dissertation Title

Caffeine & Capital: The Political Economy of the Ottoman Coffee Trade in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Courses Taught

U.S. History at the Art Institute of Tucson: April - June 2015

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

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