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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 Food and Revolt: Egypt, ecology, frontiers, based on doctoral research she conducted in Egypt from 2008 to 2012. In her manuscript she investigates the development of a corporate agri-food system and the implications for food security and political stability in Egypt.

Dr. Dixon’s latest publication, on the role of reclamation of arid lands in the spread of industrial agriculture in Egypt and globally, is published in a special issue on the Politics of Food in the journal Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East (Duke University Press).

Marion’s first early career research project is on the role of phosphate rock in chemical fertilizer production and industrialization in the long 19th century. She is also co-authoring a research project on the geopolitics of independence in South Sudan.


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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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2017

    • SISU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: International Development
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  • Fall 2017

    • SISU-294 Comm Service Learning Project: International Development
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    • SISU-360 Topics in Iden/Race/Gend/Cultr: Discourse & Power in Int'l Dev
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

2017. 'Plastics and Agriculture in the Desert Frontier'. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East 31(1): 86-102. Available at:


2017.   'Food and Crisis in Egypt: corporate food and class inequalities’. Thimar no. 184 (research collective on agriculture, environment, and labour in the Arab world). Available at:


            'Al-Ghada' wa al-Azmah fi Misr (Arabic translation of Food and Crisis i in Egypt). Available at:


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


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


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:


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