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Joel Beinin

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Joel Beinin

Professor of History
Donald J. McLachan Professor in History
Middle East and Central Asia
Ph.D. University of Michigan (History)
M.A.L.S. University of Michigan (Library Science)
M.A. Harvard University (Middle East Studies)
B.A. Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982 before coming to Stanford in 1983.  From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.  In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.
Beinin’s research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and on US policy in the Middle East.  He has written or edited eleven books, most recently Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2015); Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (Stanford University Press, 2013) co-edited with Frédéric Vairel; and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Solidarity Center, 2010).

His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals in English and French as well as South Atlantic Quarterly, Socialist Register, Carnegie PapersThe Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Middle East Report, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He has been interviewed on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, Skye TV, Radio France International, Australian and US National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout the world as well by the global print media.

Selected Publications & Projects

Joel Beinin

Since the 1990s, the Middle East has experienced an upsurge of wildcat strikes, sit-ins, and workers' demonstrations. Well before people gathered...
Joel Beinin
Frédéric Vairel
The Middle East and North Africa have become places that almost everyone "knows" something about. Too frequently written off as culturally defined by...
Joel Beinin
Justice for All: The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt examines Egypt’s current labor laws, how they align with international labor conventions,...


Selected Journals & Book Chapters

Joel Beinin
Marie Duboc
How is the class being transformed in the Global South? How are working people organising in the workplace and in the community?What are the forces...
Joel Beinin
Western policymakers, scholars, and foundations share a broad consensus that a dynamic civil society, often reduced to the presence of NGOs, is the...
Joel Beinin
The working classes of Morocco, Bahrain, Jordan and especially Egypt and Tunisia have participated in evidence uprisings in the Arab world after 2011...
Joel Beinin
Whenever I write about Israel-Palestine, one of my objectives is to bring to the forefront nuances and unexpected elements of the issue. Some people...