Hanan Hammad

Associate Professor and Director of Middle East Studies
Reed Hall 204

h.hammad@tcu.edu | 817-257-5823

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Ph.D., History, University of Texas-Austin (2009)
MA, Middle East Studies, University of Texas-Austin (2004)

Courses Taught

HIST 10813: Introduction to the Modern Middle East
HIST 10803: Introduction to Islamic Civilization
HIST 30703: Modern Egypt: A History
HIST 30713: Revolutionary Iran: A History
HIST 30723: Women in the Middle East
HIST 30733: Syria and Iraq: Troubled History from WWI to the Rise of ISIS
HIST 49903: History Major Seminar on Modern Middle East
HIST 50970: Middle East, The Formation
HIST 70453: Transformation of the Modern Middle East: A Graduate Reading Seminar

Areas of Focus

Middle East



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Industrial Sexuality: Gender, Urbanization, and Social Transformation in Egypt (Austin: University of Texas-Austin Press, 2016.) Received book awards from NWSA, Middle East Political Economy Project, AMEWS as well as honorable mention from MESA’s Roger Owen Book Award and the Arab American Non-Fiction Book Award.

Layla Murad: Popular Culture, Gender, and the Politics of Egyptianness (in progress)

“Prostitution in Cairo,” with Francesca Biancani, in Selling Sex in the City: A Global History of Prostitution, 1600s-2000s, ed. Magaly Rodriguez Garcia et al. (Leiden: BRILL, 2017), 233-260.

“Disreputable by Definition: Respectability and Theft by Poor Women in Urban Interwar Egypt”, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 13:3 (November 2017), 376- 394.

“Sexual Harassment in Egypt: The Old Plague in the New Revolutionary Order”, GENDER – Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft 9:1 (summer 2017), pp. 44-63.

“Arwa Salih’s The Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian Left”, Arab Studies Journal, spring 2016, pp. 118-142.

“Gendered Obscenity: Women’s Tongues, Men’s phalluses and the State’s Fist in the Making of Urban Norm in Interwar Egypt,” in Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi (ed.), Urban Violence in the Middle East: Changing Cityscapes in the Transition from Empire To Nation State (Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2015), 70-88.

“From Orientalism to Khomeinism: A century of Persian studies in Egypt,” Alif: Journal of Comparative Poetics, 35, May 2015, 1-20.

“Regulating Sexuality: The Colonial-National Struggle over Prostitution after the British Invasion of Egypt,” in Marilyn Booth and Anthony Gorman (ed.), The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance (Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, 2014), 195- 221.

“Relocating a Common Past and the Making of East-centric Modernity: Islamic and Secular nationalism(s) in Egypt and Iran” in Afshin Marashi and Kamran Aghaie (ed.), Rethinking Iranian Nationalism, (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2014), 275-294.

“Making and Breaking Working Class Solidarity: Recruitment of Workers in the National Textile Industry in Interwar Egypt” in International Review of Social History, December 2012, pp. 73-96.

“The Other Extremists: Marxist Feminism in Egypt, 1980-2000” in Journal of International Women’s Studies, March 2011, pp. 217- 233.

“Between Egyptian National Purity and Local Flexibility: Prostitution in al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the First Half of the Twentieth Century” in Journal of Social History, March 2011, pp. 751- 783.

“Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution in the Egyptian Press: From Fascination to Condemnation” in Radical History Review, September 2009, pp. 39- 57.

“Egyptian History from the Edge and the State’s Archives”, the Keynote speech of the Surveying Modern Egypt Workshop, CUNY, April 19–20, 2018

“Researching for Hope and the Politics of Nostalgia: The Call for Egyptian Women”, the Keynote speech of the 18th Annual Southwest Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, March 22, 2018.

“Layla Murad and Anwar Wagdi: Interfaith Love, Fame, and the Making of Arabo-Islamic Egyptian Identity” Interfaith Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World from the Middle Ages to the Present Conference, Leiden University, Leiden (Netherland), 22 – 24 June 2016

“Students and Their Brothel Friends in Underworld Downtown Cairo” MESA, Denver, 2015

“Layla Murad: The Muslim-Jewish Star and Manufacturing Conversion as a Political Victory” University of Cambridge, 2015

“Gendered Thievery: Women in petty theft, drugs and money forgery in interwar Egypt,” AHA Annual Meeting, New York City, January 2015.

“Layla Murad: The Muslim-Jewish Star and Manufacturing Conversion as a Political Victory” University of Cambridge, 2015

“Representing Masculinity: Futuwwat and Afandiyya in al-Mahalla Revolt, Egypt 1925,” Men of Disorder: Masculinity, Violence and Urban Networks in the Modern Middle East and Central Asia International Workshop at Universität Freiburg (Germany), April 2014

“Obscenity Reconsidered: From Outcast and Degraded to the Media and the Middle Class Horizon in post-Revolution Egypt,” University of Chicago, November 22, 2013.

“Countering Colonialism and Nationalism: Handloom weavers and the transition to mechanical industry in 20th Century Egypt,” Second Workshop on Anti-commodities: Local Form of Production as Resistance against Market Domination, Wageningen University, Netherland, September 2012.

“Colonial Hybridity: The Colonial-National Struggle over Prostitution after the British invasion of Egypt,” The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance?, A workshop at Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World, The University of Edinburgh, UK, May 2011.

  • 2018 AddRan Distinguished Lecture
  • 2017  Winner of the Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA), AMEWS Book Award from the Association of Middle Eastern Studies, the Middle East Political Economy Book Award, Roger Owen Book Award from MESA (honorable mention), and The Arab American Non-Fiction Book Award (honorable mention)
  • 2015 Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award 2014/ 2015
  • Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship (Cambridge, UK)
  • Middle East Studies Association of North America
  • The International Society for Iranian Studies