Kristina Richardson is Assistant Professor of History at Queens College and Deputy Director of the Middle Eastern Studies master’s program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of Difference and Disability in the Medieval Islamic World: Blighted Bodies (Edinburgh University Press, 2012) and co-author and editor of The Notebook of the 16th-Century Aleppan Silk-Weaver KamÄl al-DÄ«n (Orient-Institut Beirut, 2017). Her second monograph “Gypsies in the Medieval Islamic World: A History of the GhurabÄ’” will appear with I. B. Tauris in 2018. She has authored articles on 16th-century Syrian historical manuscripts, blue and green eyes, early modern Arabic sign systems, and historical linguistics.