Omnia Khalil

Lecturer Doctoral


Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Cities
  • Counterinsurgency
  • Critical Urban Geography
  • Egypt
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Securitization
  • Violence





Omnia Khalil


Omnia Khalil has a Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center, Anthropology program. Her research titled The Making of Counter-Insurgent Geographies in Post-revolutionary Cairo focuses on urban redevelopment and securitization of Bulaq Abule’lla where thousands of families were dispossessed in addition had different roles at the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Khalil has number of publications whether for the public at MadaMasr and Assfair Alarabi, and academic publication at different journals. Her research interests focus on violence, critical urban geography, political economy, securitization, and (counter)insurgency. Since 2008, Khalil focuses, as an urban researcher, on community participatory action planning and she has led many projects in Cairo, working with local communities.


Ph.D. CUNY Graduate Center

M.A. American University in Cairo

B.Sc. Cairo University

Courses Taught

Global Perspective, Global Social Theory, Introduction to Anthropology (4 subfields), Cross Cultural Perspectives

Research Interests

Anthropology of Violence, Anthropology of Middle East and North Africa, Cities, Counterinsurgency, Times of Ruptures, Securitization


Peer-Reviewed and Journal Articles
Khalil, Omnia. “The Afterlives of Cairenes: The Making of New Social Geographies from Elsewhere than Bulaq Abule’lla”. Égypte/Monde arabe, 23 | 2021, 27-43.
Khalil, Omnia. “The State as Un Urban Broker: Subjectivity Formation, Securitization, and Place-Making in Post-Revolutionary Cairo.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and World Economic Development. 48 (1,2) (2019): pp 85-128.
Khalil, Omnia. “The People of the City: Unraveling the How in Ramlet Bulaq.” International Journal of Sociology 45, no. 3 (July 3, 2015): 206–22. 
Khalil, Omnia. "The Everyday in Ramlet Bulaq," Middle East Report 274 (Spring 2015). 

Book Chapters 

Urban (Counter) Revolution Against Gentrification: Shadow Security Networks, Baltagiyya Subjectivities, and Urban Densities, Amar, Paul, ed. in Cairo Securitized: Reconceiving Urban Justice and Social Resilience. The American University in Cairo Press, 2023.
Commodification of Violence, at Wikalet El-Balah. in Nashtari Kul shay' (We Buy Everything: Housing and Urban Changes in Cairo) نشتري كل شيء: تحولات السكن والعمران في القاهرة. Editors, Shawkat Yahia and Shehab Ismail. Cairo: Al-Maraya. 2021

Public Writing 
Analytical articles on the Urban and the Built Environment issues in Egypt in Mada-Masr, Khatt30, and Assafir AlArabi.أمنية-خليل/