Zeinab Abul-Magd

Zeinab Abul-Magd

Associate Professor of History

Contact Information


Rice Hall 301
(440) 775-8551

Personal Office Hours:
M 10:00-11:00 And by appointment

Zeinab Abul-Magd

Zeinab Abul-Magd

Associate Professor of History, Zeinab Abul-Magd

Educational Background

  • Georgetown University, Department of History, Washington, DC PhD, July 2008 (focusing on socio-economic history)
  • American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Research Fellow at Economic and Business History Research Center; Summer 2005 - Fall 2006
  • Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Washington, DC MA in Arab Studies, Thesis in Islamic Law, May 2003
  • Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo, Egypt
  • MA in Political Science candidate, 1997-2001
  • Cairo University, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo, Egypt
  • B.S. in Political Science, 1992-1996

Zeinab Abul-Magd is an Associate Professor of modern Middle Eastern history. She received both of her PhD in history and political economy and MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and B.A. in Political Sciences from Cairo University, Egypt. Her latest book is titled Imagined Empires: A History of Revolt in Egypt (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013).


She is currently working on a book manuscript on the recent history of the Egyptian military institution titled Militarizing the Nation: Army, Business, and Revolution in Egypt, 1981-2014 (New York: Columbia University Press, forthcoming 2015). She published a series of short studies on the Egyptian military and its economic enterprises, including “The Egyptian Republic of Retired Generals” at Foreign Policy, "The Generals' Secret: Egypt's Ambivalent Market" on Sada of Carnegie Endowment, and "The Army and the Economy in Egypt" on Jadaliyya. She writes occasional columns for Egyptian newspapers, including al-Masry al-Youm/Egypt Independent, al-Tahrir, and al-Badil. 


Her classes at Oberlin College cover a wide range of topics relevant to Middle Eastern modern history and contemporary realities, including:

- Social and economic history of the Middle East

- Colonial and Post-Colonial State Formation in the Middle East

- Globalization and its Discontents in the Middle East

- U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East