Donna Hamil is a part-time instructor, teaching courses in World History. She received her B.A. in History from the University of West Georgia, M.A. in History from the University of North Georgia, and is currently a PhD candidate at Georgia State University. Her dissertation examines the role of women, gender, and politics in the Mongol Empire, with a particular focus on cultural conceptions of honor and shame in the Ilkhanate. Her research interests include gender and political history of the Medieval Middle East and Central Asia, cross-cultural studies, and Silk Road studies.