Department of Government
Additional Positions at AUCo-Director, Middle East Studies@AU
Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender, social movements, globalization, public space, protest, and urban politics. Her most recent edited books are Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity, and Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East.
Professor Singerman is also the Co-Director and Co-Founder of Middle East Studies @ American University. She is currently working on a project funded by the Ford Foundation called "Tadamun: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative," which aims to research, publicize and promote ways that communities in Cairo can mobilize to improve their neighborhoods, reform local government, and redefine their role in the public sphere. See www.tadamun.info for more detail.
DegreesPh.D. Princeton University
M.A. Princeton University
B.A. Princeton University
Favorite Spot on Campus:My office
Languages Spoken:Arabic (Egyptian Colloquial)
- SPA - Government
- Ward - 242
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2009, paperback 2011)
- Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (ed. American University in Cairo Press, 2006 with Paul Amar),
- Avenues of Participation: Family, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo (Princeton University Press, 1995; American University in Cairo Press, 1997, Egyptian edition.)
- Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo: A View from the Household (ed., Indiana University Press, 1996 with Homa Hoodfar).
Journal Articles/Book Chapters/Working Papers:
- “Youth, Gender, and Dignity in the Egyptian Uprising.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 9 (3), Fall 2013, 1-27.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
2012. Outstanding Honors Faculty Award, Honors Program, American University.
2011. Principal Investigator, “Adding Value to Community Assets: ‘Normalizing’ Housing Renovation and Reimagining Urban Governance Structures in Greater Cairo.” Ford Foundation, Middle East and North Africa Program.
2011. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies Distinguished Lecturer. “Youth, Gender, and Dignity in the Arab Uprisings,” April 15, 2011, Yale University.
2011. Principal Investigator, "Islam in Focus," Social Science Research Council, Academia and the Public Sphere, June 2010-December.
SPA Faculty Development Award, 2007-2009
- MEAwards Program Grant, “The Cost of Marriage in Egypt.” The Population Council, Cairo, Egypt. 2000-2002.
American University Senate Research Awards Program. "The Cost of Marriage in Egypt: Measurement Conventions, Understanding of Poverty, and Changing Social and Demographic Norms." 2000-2001.
- American University Research Award, "A Reading of the Siege of Imbaba: Informality, Islamists, and State-Society Relations in Egypt," 1997-1998.
- Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences, The Middle East Studies Association of North America, November 1990. Awarded to the best dissertation in the social sciences in Middle East studies.
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, Cairo, Egypt, 1985-1986.
- Social Science Research Council Award for Dissertation Research, 1985-1987.
Area of Expertise: Comparative politics, Middle East politics, Urbanism in the Middle East, youth in the Middle East, gender politics, marriage and its financial costs in the Middle East, the informal economy, economic and political development, Islamist activism, religion and politics, social movements, studies of resistance; can speak Arabic
Additional Information: Diane Singerman's research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines the formal and informal side of politics, gender, social movements, globalization, public space, and urban politics. Her most recent edited book is Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space and Global Modernity and Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East.
To request an interview please call AU Media Relations at 202-885-5950 or submit an interview request form.
AU News and Achievements
Ford Foundation Grant Supports Singerman’s Egypt Study
SPA professor has secured $250,000 to study alternative models of housing and urban development....
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