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Marion Dixon

Professorial Lecturer School of International Service

Marion Dixon is a member of the International Development Program at American University's School of International Service. A broadly-trained sociologist, Dr. Dixon researches agriculture and food system change, with a focus on North Africa. She is currently writing a book manuscript, entitled The Making of the Corporate Agri-food System in Egypt, on the growth of an agri-food industry and the implications for food insecurity and political instability in Egypt. Marion's most recent research project is on the role of phosphate rock in commercial fertilizer production and industrialization in the long 19th century. Dr. Dixon is also investigating more recent iterations of global fertilizer expansion and growth in 'Greening Africa' development initiatives.


PhD, Development Sociology, Cornell University
MS, Development Sociology, Cornell University
BA, Political Science, summa cum laude, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

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Selected Publications

 Dixon, M. 2015. ‘Biosecurity and the Multiplication of Crises in the Egyptian Agri-food Industry’. Geoforum 61: 90-100. Available at:


Dixon, M. 2014. ‘The land grab, finance capital, and food regime restructuring: the case of Egypt’. Review of African Political Economy 41(140): 232-248.


Dixon, M. 2014. ‘Agri-food industry growth and the land grab in north-east Africa’. Democracy in Africa, 17 November. Available at:


Dixon, M. 2014. ‘Making land (and money) a commodity: desert development and agribusiness in Egypt’, CIHEAM Watch Letter 28, International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies. Available at:


Dixon, M. 2013. ‘South-South land grabbing: what the case of Egypt and southern neighbours reveals’. Pambazuka News, 4 December. Available at:


Dixon, M. 2011. An Arab Spring. Review of African Political Economy 38(128): 309-316.