Hania Sobhy

Phone: +961 (0)1 359295


Postdoc Research Fellow, Jan. - Dec. 2015Hania Sobhy completed her PhD in Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and her BA and MA in Economics and Political Science at McGill University.

She has taught Middle East Politics, International Relations, International Politics of Economic Relations and Comparative Politics at SOAS, Exeter and McGill. Her research interests include nationalism, citizenship and the governance of social services in the Arab region, especially in relation to the education sector. She has also worked on aspects of Islamist and post-Islamist discourses. She has just completed an evaluation of a nation-wide education support program in Egypt and has worked in development policy, research and project evaluation since 2004. During her fellowship at OIB, Hania will be writing-up her updated research on pro-‘Revolution’ electoral mobilization in Egypt since 2012, initiated during her fellowship with the EUME program of the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin.



- Forthcoming 2015. Honorable Citizens, Selective Islamism and Neoliberal Dreams: Reading Textbook Nationalism from Mubarak to Sisi. Nations & Nationalism 21(4): tbd.

- 2015. A Collapse of Formal Schooling in Egypt: Interview with Hania Sobhy. Inequality, Education and Social Power: Transregional Perspectives FTS & MWS. 15 January. Available at:

- 2014. Tell the teacher: I see you, I thank you. Mada Masr Online Newspaper. 1 July. Available at:

- 2012. The De-Facto Privatization of Secondary Education in Egypt. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 42 (1): 47-67.

- 2009 [2011]. Amr Khaled and Young Muslim Elites: Islamism and the Consolidation of Mainstream Muslim Piety in Egypt. In Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space and Global Modernity, edited by Diane Singerman. Pp. 415- 454. Cairo: American University Press.

- 2007. Reading Reform into the Past: Power and the Islamist Articulations of Muslim History. Quest Spring. Available at:,71746,en.pdf.

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