Professor Hammad focuses on Middle Eastern history and Islamic civilization.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Modern Middle Eastern History
Women in Syria and Iraq
AddRan Distinguished Lecture
AMEWS Book Award from the Association of Middle Eastern Studies
Sara A. Whaley Book Prize from the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
Middle East Political Economy Book Award
Giles-Sims Wise Woman Award 2014/2015
University of Texas-Austin: Ph.D., History 2009
University of Texas-Austin: M.A., Middle East Studies 2004
- Middle East Studies Association of North America
- The International Society for Iranian Studies
Event Appearances (2)
Egyptian History from the Edge and the State’s Archives
Keynote speech of the Surveying Modern Egypt Workshop, CUNY New York
Researching for Hope and the Politics of Nostalgia: The Call for Egyptian Women
Keynote speech of the 18th Annual Southwest Conference in Middle Eastern and North African Studies, University of Arizona Tucson
Disreputable by Definition: Respectability and Theft by Poor Women in Urban Interwar EgyptJournal of Middle East Women's Studies
2017 Court records, police reports, and security statistics indicate that theft was the most frequent crime committed by imprisoned Egyptian women in the interwar period, although scholarship has largely focused on their involvement in prostitution. Theft by women was typically an isolated act motivated by urban conditions of poverty, but many women became skilled repeat offenders who worked individually or in teams, taking advantage of the growing transportation networks that linked villages, towns, and cities. The theft examined includes shoplifting, pickpocketing, burglary, laundry stealing, scams, and stealing from domestic employers...
Sexual Harassment in Egypt: An Old Plague in a New Revolutionary OrderGender: Zeitschrift für Geschlecht, Kultur und Gesellschaft
2017 The article aims at analyzing sexual harassment in Egypt in changing sociopolitical contexts at various times; I argue that no analysis of the Egyptian revolution is complete without an understanding of these broad sociopolitical conditions that have contributed to the culture of anti-women and sexual violence since the 19th century. I am not suggesting that sexual harassment always took the same form and was practiced with the same level of violence, or even rooted in the same reason(s) throughout that long period of history. Based on archival research, personal observations and intensive interviews with activists I show how sexual harassment increased in violence caused by the state's heavy-handed security and neoliberal policies.
Prostitution in CairoSelling Sex in the City: A Global History of Prostitution, 1600s-2000s
Hanan Hammad, Francesca Biancani
Arwa Salih's the Premature: Gendering the History of the Egyptian LeftArab Studies Journal
2016 This article examines the intellectual legacy of the Egyptian Marxist Arwa Salih (1953-97) in order to trace an intimate history of the Egyptian left. Gender relations among comrades have underpinned the movement that has enveloped women’s rights in the folds of national and class struggles. In her short life, Salih was a veteran underground activist and, from 1972-73, a key leader of the most effective student movement in modern Egypt...
Making and Breaking the Working Class: Worker Recruitment in the National Textile Industry in Interwar EgyptInternational Review of Social History
2012 This article examines how worker mediation to secure jobs for relatives and co-villagers in the nationalist textile industry influenced working-class formation in interwar Egypt. Mediation was conducted out of a sense of communal commitment or for commission, or indeed both. The fact that rank-and-file workers were able to intervene in the recruitment process reveals that workers were successfully able to manoeuvre in such a way as to balance their unjust work relations with the huge mill and to manipulate its system...