Angela Joya  - University of Oregon. Eugene, OR, US

Angela Joya Angela Joya

Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies | University of Oregon

Eugene, OR, US

Dr. Joya's research focuses on economic globalization and the ways this phenomenon shapes the relationships among various social classes.






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Angela Joya is an expert in Middle East conflict areas, such as ISIS in Egypt and Syria, and the related experiences of refugees and women. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies. Her research examines political and economic transformations in the Middle East and North Africa. She also studies responses to economic globalization from labor and peasant movements, Islamic movements (such as the Muslim Brotherhood) as well as religiously oriented political groups such as ISIS. Her recent work examines the political transformation of Syrian refugees in the context of the Syrian conflict as various political groups compete for political power and control of the state of Syria. Angela travels annually to the Middle East and has worked in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey. While in Turkey, Angela has spent time in Syrian refugee camps studying the impacts of the crisis on the Syrian people.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Political Economy Globalization Neoliberalism War and Conflict Political Islam

Media Appearances (7)

Museum programs to mark “American Qur’an” exhibition

Around the O  online


At 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, Birk will lead a gallery tour of the exhibition followed at 2 p.m. by a panel discussion with Birk; religious studies professor Rick Colby, UO student Awab A Al-rawe and international studies professor Angela Joya called “Whose Qur’an?”

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Public invited: Pub talk Oct. 19 at EMU will focus on Middle East

Around the O  online


Interested in the Middle East — the reform movements, emerging capitalism, the rise of IS and the Syrian refugee crisis? Then gather on the UO campus for a conversation at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19, with UO expert Angela Joya.

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Roundtable on refugee crisis: historical legacies, political context, and legal mechanisms

Jadaliyya  online


To obtain further clarity on the refugee crisis, Jadaliyya asked four specialists on refugee issues, including Angela Joya, to put recent developments in context and offer their views on how this crisis should be addressed.

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Your Call: what do we need to know about the Syrian refugee crisis?

KALW Public Radio  radio


On the Oct 5th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the Syrian refugee crisis. Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria in 2011, 11 million Syrians have sought safety in neighboring countries or within the country. The worsening crisis is getting more attention as hundreds of thousands of people are trying to enter Europe. What is a dignified solution to this crisis? And who should be held accountable for this calamity? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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US–Turkey cooperation on ISIS is bad news for Kurds

The Conversation  


A deadly week in Turkey has pulled Ankara closer to the US in the fight against ISIS and led to an emergency meeting on Tuesday during which NATO members expressed support for bombing strikes carried out by the Turkish government.

But those strikes should raise concerns in the US about the Kurds who are also being targeted by Turkish attacks...

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UO professor's thoughts on ISIS land in national conversation

Around the O  online


Social conditions in Jordan are helping funnel young fighters into the radical Islamist group ISIS, according to an article written by UO professor Angela Joya and published nationally online.

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Jordan and ISIS: will the brutal murder of a fighter pilot change hearts and minds?

The Conversation  


Thousands of Jordanians - including the country’s Queen Rania - took to the streets of the capital Amman February 6.

They were protesting the burning alive of the Jordanian fighter pilot Moaz al-Kasabeh by ISIS and showing their support for the Jordanian government’s vow to “eliminate and wipe ISIS out completely.”

Does such a massive outpouring of public anger mark a shift in the popular mood in Jordan? Could this mean that ISIS is losing support in the region?...

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Articles (4)

Neoliberalism, the State and Economic Policy Outcomes in the Post-Arab Uprisings: The Case of Egypt Mediterranean Politics


Despite the radical upheavals during the revolution of 2011 whereby the Egyptian public rejected neoliberalism and authoritarianism, Egypt has reverted back to the neoliberal model of economic development. This paper discusses the reasons behind the resilience of neoliberalism focusing on the role of dominant economic ideas, the influence of international financial institutions in policy making and the challenging domestic political environment, which has so far precluded a break from the neoliberal model. The paper ends with a critical assessment of current policies and their broader social implications for different classes and groups in Egypt.

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The Egyptian Revolution: Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Potential for Democratic Politics Review of African political economy


This paper argues that the Egyptian revolution of 25 January 2011 has to be understood in the context of neoliberal economic shift. The two decades of economic liberalisation policies were accompanied by authoritarianism while at the same time these policies opened up opportunities for crony capitalism. Post Mubarak Egypt has witnessed positive developments such as the rise of political parties, independent trade union federations and other social groups aiming to participate in rebuilding a democratic society. The paper explores the potentials for, and challenges against, building a democratic society in Egypt.

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Syria's Transition, 1970–2005: from Centralization of the State to Market Economy Research in Political Economy


This paper examines the transformation of Syrian political economy from 1970 until 2005. I argue that Syria has undergone two important phases of political and economic transformation, from building a centralized state and economy in the early 1970s to embarking on the path of market economy in the early 1990s. With the logic of competitiveness guiding the direction of economic development, the socio-economic changes of the mid-1980s and after have corresponded with an important process of class and state formation. After a brief discussion of the current transition in Syria, the following sections of the paper attempt to provide a critical study of the different strategies for economic development. Section two examines the process of state and economic centralization of the 1970s and 1980s and highlights the contradictions of this period. Section three assesses the impact of economic liberalization through a study of competitiveness in the economic policies of the 1990s and 2000. The final section examines the economic and political impasse that Syria has been faced with. In conclusion, I argue that the current path of market economy as the strategy for capital accumulation has not resolved the socio-economic problems that Syria has faced in the last two decades. This strategy will continue to face contestation by marginalized groups such as factions of the Baath Party, landless peasants, workers and small producers as Syria becomes even more integrated into the regional and global economy.

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Theorizing Post-Cold War US Imperial Strategies in the Middle East: Integrating the Region into the Capitalist World Market YCISS Working Paper Number 37


While the establishment of monopoly control over Middle Eastern oil and energy2 is often posited as the main motivation for the American invasion of Iraq, the role of the US within the current international system and the extent of its military might and presence around the world suggests that the US has other grander designs for the Middle East. More specifically, using the pretext of 9/11, the US has embarked on a project of disciplining the Middle Eastern states to follow and respect the logic of the capitalist market.3 This goal of securing the world for capital flows, the US believes, can be achieved once democracy, the rule of law,and free market mechanisms are firmly put in place in the disconnected regions4 of the world. Although the nature of US imperialism is multifaceted (economic, cultural, ideological), I intend to explore mainly the economic aspect of US imperialist rule through an examination of how such imperialism deepens the integration of Middle Eastern societies into the capitalist world market.

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