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Beth Baron



Division of Humanities and the Arts




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  • Profile

    Beth Baron specializes in Middle Eastern history. She has written on women's movements, gender and nationalism, and social politics in Egypt. Grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Woodrow Wilson Foundation have supported her research. She co-founded and now co-directs the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. MEMEAC sponsors lectures, workshops, and research on the Middle East, and has been awarded Ford Foundation and Department of Education Title VI Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages grants.

  • Education


    • B.A., Dartmouth College
    • M.A., School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ. of London
    • Ph.D., U.C.L.A.
  • Courses Taught


    • Modern Middle East
    • Islamic Political Movements
    • Arab-Israeli Conflict
    • Women and Gender in the Middle East
  • Publications


    Selected Publications:

    • The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood (Stanford University Press, 2014)
    • Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics (University of California Press, 2004) .
    • The Women's Awakening in Egypt (Yale University Press, 1994).
    • with Rudi Matthee, Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (Mazda, 2000).
    • withNikki Keddie, Women in Middle Eastern History (Yale University Press, 1991).

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