World History: British Empire; modern Mediterranean; history of Cyprus
Gail Dallas Hook previously taught as Assistant Professor of History with GMU Korea and continues as Adjunct Professor for GMU Fairfax. She teaches courses in world history and is interested in the historical and modern connections between Europe, the Mediterranean, and Asia. She also teaches courses in architectural history and a popular course called "History of the Mafia in Italy and the United States." She has published articles and book reviews and presented papers on Cyprus history, the Silk Roads, British colonization, immigration, and art and architecture.
A particular focus is the history of Cyprus. Dr. Hook's book, Protectorate Cyprus: British Imperial Power before World War I, was published in 2015. Her second book, tentatively titled Island in the Crosshairs: The History of Cyprus, is currently under review by a major university press. She continues to travel in the Mediterranean region doing research for additional publications.
BOOK COMPLETED AND CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW BY A UNIVERSITY PRESS: Island in the Crosshairs: The History of Cyprus
"The Silk Road" in Lester Kurtz, ed., Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 3rd edition, Jan. 2022
"La Sagrada Familia: Will it ever be finished?" in Faith & Form Journal, June 2020, pp. 21-22
“The restitution of religious art: When they go, what is left?” in Faith and Form Journal, Spring 2017. An analysis of Byzantine frescoes that were stolen from Cyprus, sold to the De Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, and finally returned to Cyprus.
Protectorate Cyprus: British Imperial Power before World War I, I.B. Tauris, 2015
Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2008
Churchill Scholar, University of Texas, 2006-(lifetime)
GMUK, Incheon, South Korea (Aug. 2018-Dec. 2020)
GMU Fairfax (2011-present)
Ph.D. in History, University of Texas at Austin (2009)
Summer studies, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey (2002 and 2004)
M.ArcH (Architectural History), University of Virginia (2001)
M.Arc (First Professional Degree in Architecture), University of Houston (1987)
"Cypriot Identity under the Lusignans after the Fall of Acre, 1291." Paper for a panel titled "Intersecting Identities in the Mediterranean of the Long Middle Ages." American Historical Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA, January 13, 2023
"Making Mediterranean Studies Global." Position paper for a panel titled "Is there a future for Mediterranean Studies?" Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, Washington, January 9-10, 2020
Chair and organizer: Panel titled "GMU Korea: Challenges and Innovations." Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, GMU Fairfax, VA, September 27, 2019
Panel Chair, “Law in the British Empire.” British Scholar Conference, University of Exeter, England, June 2018
Panel Chair, “Modern Mediterranean World, 1821-present.” American Historical Association Conference, Washington D.C., January 2014
Panel Chair, “Britain in the Mediterranean.” British Scholar Conference, University of Texas in Austin, March 30, 2013
Conference paper, “In a Garden Pavilion: Islamic-inspired architecture in Sicily,” University of Chicago, Middle Eastern Studies Conference, spring 2001
Conference paper, “Abstractions of traditional Islamic motifs in the modern mosque,” Denver Art Museum Conference, Denver, Colorado, spring 1997