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Diane Singerman

Associate Professor Department of Government

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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 for more detail.

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Ph.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
Contact Info
(202) 885-2362 (Office)

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Comparative politics, Middle East and Egyptian politics, gender and politics in the Middle East, and scholarship on informal politics, urban politics, new urbanism, political participation, marriage, personal status law, youth, and social movements

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.


Selected Publications



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.