Professor Hathaway is an expert on the Ottoman Empire before the nineteenth century, particularly the Arab provinces. She has published on Ottoman reactions to Jewish messianism in Egypt and Yemen, and on Jewish economic activity as exemplified in Geniza documents. Professor Hathaway’s research is conducted in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic as well as Turkish, Arabic and various European languages. Her regular course offerings include Jewish Communities under Muslim Rule; Intellectual and Social Movements in the Muslim World; The Ottoman Empire, 1300-1800; Early Islamic Society, 610-1258; and courses in world history. She is currently working on a major project on the Chief Eunuch of the Ottoman imperial harem.