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
The bi-lingual website of TADAMUN: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative, www.tadamun.info, includes a database, many policy briefs, articles, case studies, and analysis about the issues of urban governance, urban development, local government, the built environment and social justice.
2011 website: Gender and Afghanistan: 2001 and Beyond?
This website was created by undergraduate and graduate students in a small seminar on Gender and Politics in the Middle East, taught in spring 2011. This course explored the ways in which the social, political, and cultural construction of sexual difference influences the nature and practice of political life in the Middle East. It examined both theoretically and empirically the ways in which power is gendered and how gender has served as a basis for political organization, the distribution of power, and the boundaries of public life (see the class syllabus.) After examining relevant feminist theory and other theoretical lenses into these issues, the last month of the course focused directly on the complex situation of gender and politics in Afghanistan - which was a geographic stretch for the course.
Fall 2011: Media/Web projects from my Honors Colloquium in Social Sciences: Egyptian Politics, Protest, & Change?
The Cairo Story: Non-Violent Resistance in the 2011 Egyptian Uprising, created by Sarah Palazzolo, American University Class of 2016.
Tweeting Egypt: The Social Media of the Egyptian Uprising, created by Sarah Parnass, American University Class of 2012.
Media related to project on marriage costs in the Middle East: