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  • Hoda A. Yousef

    Assistant Professor of History
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    Professional Biography

    Hoda Yousef is a historian of the modern Middle East and the Islamic World with a focus on cultural and social history and gender in society.

    In her research she has developed a particular interest in the way social and culture assumptions and discourses influenced the course of modernizing states, national educational systems, and the contours of social life. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled "Masters and Mistress of the Pen" that focuses on Arabic language literacy as site of contention and widespread social change. In it she argues that changes in how Egyptian men and women wrote, read, and perceived the Arabic language fundamentally altered the communal life of Egyptian society between the 1870s and 1920s and that new kinds of engagements with the Arabic language transformed the way Egyptians related to the written word, civic participation, and gendered roles in the public sphere.

    Education

    Ph.D. Georgetown University, History, 2011

    M.A. Georgetown University, Arab Studies, 2006.

    B.A. Duke University, Computer Science/African and Asian Literature & Language, 2001

    Research Interests

    Middle East History, Islamic History, Gender Studies, Literacy and Education.

    Grants & Awards

    Research Fellow at the American Research Center of Egypt

    Middle East Studies Association Graduate Student Paper Prize

    Hisham Sharabi Graduate Essay Award, Honorable Mention

    Fellow at the Center for Arabic Studies Abroad

    Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for Arabic

    Publications

    "Seeking the Educational Cure: Egypt and European Education, 1805-1920s." European Education, Winter 2012-13.

    “Malak Hifni Nasif: Negotiations of a Feminist Agenda between the European and the Colonial.” Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, Winter 2011.

    “Reassessing Egypt's Dual System of Education under Ismail: Growing Ilm and Shifting Ground in Egypt's First Educational Journal, Rawdat al-Madaris, 1870- 1877.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, February 2008.

    Presentations

    “The Politics of Literacies: Egyptian Debates at the turn of the 20th Century” American Research Center in Egypt (May 2009)

    “Malak Hifni Nasif: Between Cultural and Patriarchal 'Others'" Gender & Empire Workshop, American University in Cairo (May 2007)

    “Imagining a Movement: Abd al-Rahman al-Kawakibi's Umm al-Qura” Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference, Chestertown, MD (March 2007)

    Course Information

    History of the Islam World

    Modern Middle East

    Gender and the Nation in the Modern Middle East