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Nada Matta, PhD, Drexel University Faculty Member

Nada Matta, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Department of Sociology
Office: 3031 MacAlister
nada.matta@drexel.edu
Phone: 215.895.3787

Education:

  • BA, Psychology and Communication Studies (Joint Honours), Tel-Aviv University, 2000
  • MA, Department of Sociology, Goldsmith College, University of London, UK, 2002
  • PhD, Department of Sociology, New York University, 2017

Research Interests:

  • Political Economy
  • Social Movements
  • Middle East Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Revolutions
  • Inequality

Bio:

I am an assistant professor in the Departments of Global Studies and Modern Languages and Sociology. My research interests are in political economy, social movements and gender studies; I primarily investigate questions of structural inequality and social change in the Middle East.

I am currently working on a manuscript entitled "The Road to Tahrir: Origins and Sustainment of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011". I examine the background conditions and the social forces that brought about the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. By studying changes in Egyptian capitalism and state policies since the 1980s, I highlight the structural changes that facilitated the generation of a revolutionary process in Egypt in the 2000s. I then look closely at how the Egyptian youth and democracy movements took advantage of the political opportunity and mobilized against the regime.

In a related project, I have written a paper on gender and labor in Egypt; and I have also co-authored a paper on the Second Palestinian Intifada, which is published in the European Journal of Sociology.

Selected Publications:

  • Matta, Nada and Rene Rojas. 2016. “The Second Intifada: A Dual Strategy Arena”, European Journal of Sociology, 57 (01): 65-113.
  • Matta, Nada. 2003. “Postcolonial Theory, Multiculturalism and the Israeli Left: A Critique of Post-Zionism.” Holy Land Studies, 2 (1) 85-107.
  • Achcar, Gilbert and Nada Matta. 2016. “Gilbert Achcar On the Arab Upheaval: Facts and Fiction.” Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies 18 (1): 1-15. (translated to Arabic in Bidayat Journal).
  • Matta, Nada. 2005. “Disparities Between Arab and Jewish Local Authorities in the Social Welfare Ministry Budget.” Sikkuy Report.