Gail Dallas Hook

Gail Dallas Hook

Gail Dallas Hook

Assistant Professor

World History: British Empire; modern Mediterranean; history of Cyprus

Gail Dallas Hook recently served as Term Assistant Professor of History with GMU Korea and continues as Adjunct for GMU Fairfax. She teaches courses in world history and the Silk Roads and is interested in the historical and modern connections between Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. She has published articles and book reviews and presented papers on British colonization, immigration, environmental history, and art and architecture in the Mediterranean region.

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 and she continues to travel in the Mediterranean and the Balkans doing research for additional publications. 

Dr. Hook holds advanced degrees in History and Architecture History, and the first-professional degree in Architecture.

 

Selected Publications

"La Sagrada Familia: Will it ever be finished?" in Faith & Form Journal, June 2020, pp. 21-22

"The Silk Road" in Lester Kurtz, ed., Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 3rd edition (forthcoming Spring 2021)

“The restitution of religious art: When they go, what is left?” in Faith and Form Journal, Spring 2017. An analysis of Byzantine frescoes stolen from Cyprus, sold to the De Menil Museum in Houston, Texas, and returned to Cyprus.

Protectorate Cyprus: British Imperial Power before World War I (I.B. Tauris, 2015)

“Mr. Fenech’s Colony: Maltese Immigration in British Cyprus, 1878 to 1950,” in Journal of Cyprus Studies 13 (2007), Eastern Mediterranean University Press, pp. 27-51

Expanded Publication List

 

  • BOOK: Protectorate Cyprus: British Imperial Power before World War I (I.B. Tauris, 2015).  A history and analysis of the British occupation of Cyprus from 1878 to 1914.
  • BOOK IN PROGRESS: A Concise History of Cyprus (in discussion with a university press)
  • “La Sagrada Familia Update: January 2020.” Invited article for a new publication for Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia (forthcoming, June 2020).
  • “The restitution of religious art: When they go, what is left?” in Faith and Form Journal (Spring 2017). An analysis of Byzantine frescoes stolen from Cyprus and sold to the De Menil Museum in Houston, Texas.
  • "The Silk Road" in Lester Kurtz, ed., Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict, 3rd edition (forthcoming 2020)
  • “Mr. Fenech’s Colony: Maltese Immigration in British Cyprus, 1878 to 1950,” in Journal of Cyprus Studies 13 (2007), Eastern Mediterranean University Press, pp. 27-51
  • Book reviews in British Scholar Journal, fall issues 2006, 2007
  • 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

Grants and Fellowships

Fellow, Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2008

Churchill Scholar, University of Texas, 2006-(lifetime)

Courses Taught

GMUK, Incheon, South Korea (Aug. 2018-Dec. 2020)

  • HIST 100 Western Civilizations
  • HIST 125 World Civilizations
  • HIST 202 Sophomore Seminar: The Silk Road, Then and Now
  • HIST 387 Cold War and the Modern Spy
  • ARTH 103 Introduction to Architecture

GMU Fairfax (2011-present)

  • HIST 100 Western Civilizations
  • HIST 122 U.S. History II
  • HIST 125 World Civilizations
  • NCLC 102 Global Networks and Communities
  • HIST 347 History of the Mafia in Italy and the United States
  • HIST 387 Topics in Global History: British Empire
  • HIST 387 China and the Silk Road: Then and Now
  • HIST 388 Mediterranean World, 1821 to the present (also taught as a graduate seminar)

Education

Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin (2009)

Summer studies, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey (2002, 2004)

M.ArcH, University of Virginia (2001)

M.Arc, University of Houston (1987)

Recent Presentations

"Making Mediterranean Studies Global." Position paper for a panel titled "Is there a future for Mediterranean Studies?" at Modern Language Association Conference, Seattle, Washington, January 9-10, 2020

Chair and organizer: Panel titled "GMU Korea: Challenges and Innovations" for Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference, Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, GMU Fairfax, 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