A trustee since 2021, Eve M. Troutt Powell is the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a historian of the modern Middle East, focusing on Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century, whose works illuminate questions of race and slavery at the juncture of Arab and African societies. Troutt Powell is the author of two books, multiple essays, and articles with a focus on colonialism and slavery in Ottoman and African countries. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and president-elect of the Middle East Studies Association. Troutt Powell is a graduate of Harvard University (BA ’83, MA ’88, PhD ‘95).