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.