Sara Farhan's research considers Hashemite Iraq, where a balance between pro-western forces and an eroding elite structure consistently failed to incorporate a burgeoning technocratic class into the state apparatus. Her dissertation explores the Royal Medical College of Baghdad. From inception, the college acted as a microcosm of the complexity of Iraq's post-colonial state formation. The study of the standardization of higher education and the processes of governing heterogeneous populations through knowledge production sheds light on the history of Iraq's pluralism and identity formation amidst tumultuous regional political dynamism.
Keywords: Iraq; Middle East; Hashemite Monarchy; medicine; class struggle; identity formation; knowledge production; gender and sexuality