Arid Empire: An Evening with Natalie Koch

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00 PM for an evening with Natalie Koch, author of Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia. A reading and Q&A will be followed by a book signing.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP here:

An evocative, narrative history, Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia (Verso Books, January 2023) demonstrates that the exchange of colonial technologies between the Arabian Peninsula and United States over the past two centuries—from date palm farming and desert agriculture to the utopian sci-fi dreams of Biosphere 2 and Frank Herbert’s Dune—bound the two regions together, first solidifying the colonization of the US West and, eventually, the reach of American power into the Middle East.

Natalie Koch is Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She is a political geographer specializing in geopolitics, empire, nationalism and identity politics, and resource governance. She is a Gulf and Arabian Peninsula studies scholar, having worked in the region since 2012.

Event address: 
18 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001-5230
Arid Empire: The Entangled Fates of Arizona and Arabia By Natalie Koch Cover Image
ISBN: 9781839763694
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-5 Days
Published: Verso - January 17th, 2023