Professor Holden completed her Ph.D. in History at Boston University in 2005. Her professional activities have led her to study Arabic in Tunisia, work for the US Embassy in Mauritania, examine preservation projects in Egypt, and research colonial architecture in Mali. At Purdue, she directed a team of students who collected social and economic data for a computer simulation of life in Baghdad, Iraq. Professor Holden is interested in architecture and urbanism in the Middle East and North Africa as well as American representations of the Arab-Islamic world. She is the author of The Politics of Food in Modern Morocco and A Documentary History of Modern Iraq. Currently, she is writing a series of articles on the colonial policy of historic preservation in the French Protectorate of Morocco. She is also preparing a book manuscript on Islamic captivity narratives in US popular culture from the colonial era to the present day.