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Nada Matta, PhD, Drexel University Faculty Member

Nada Matta, PhD

Director, Middle East and North Africa Studies (MENA)
Assistant Professor
Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages
Department of Sociology
Office: Academic Building, 318
Phone: 215.895.3787


  • 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


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:

  • "Class Capacity and Cross-Gender Solidarity: Women's Organizing in an Egyptian Textile Company" Politics & Society (Forthcoming).
  • 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.