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Beth Baron
Position: Distinguished Professor; Director, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center, Graduate Center; Director, MA in Middle Eastern Studies, Graduate Center
Campus Affiliation: City College of New York|Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-7574
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles; MA, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Research Interests: Middle East and Egypt

President, Middle East Studies Association, 2015-2017
Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies. 2009-2014
Carnegie Scholar, 2007-2008

Selected Publications


The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood (The Stanford University Press, 2014)

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Egypt as a Woman: Nationalism, Gender, and Politics (University of California Press, 2005).

The Women’s Awakening in Egypt: Culture, Society, and the Press (Yale University Press, 1994).

Edited Volumes
Iran and Beyond: Essays in Middle Eastern History in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (Mazda, 2000), co-edited with Rudi Matthee.
Women in Middle Eastern History: Shifting Boundaries in Sex and Gender (Yale University Press, 1991), co-edited with Nikki R. Keddie. 

Recent Articles
"Liberated Bodies and Saved Souls: Freed African Slave Girls and Missionaries in Egypt," in African Communities in Asia and the Mediterranean: Between Integration and Conflict, ed. Ehud R. Toledano (Halle and Trenton, NJ and Asmara, Eritrea: Max Plank Institute and Africa World Press, 2011).
 "Comparing Missions: Pentecostal and Presbyterian Orphanages on the Nile," in American Missionaries and the Middle East: Foundational Encounters, ed. Mehmet Ali Dogan and Heather J. Sharkey (University of Utah Press, 2010).
"Nile Mother: Lillian Trasher and Egypt's Orphans," in Competing Kingdoms: Women, Mission, Nation, and American Empire, 1776-1960, ed. Barbara Reeves Ellington et al. (Duke University Press, 2010).
 "Orphans and Abandoned Children in Modern Egypt," in Between Missionaries and Dervishes: Interpreting Welfare in the Middle East, ed. Nefissa Neguib and Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Brill, 2008), 12-34.
"The Origins of Family Planning in Egypt: American Experts, Aziza Hussein, and the State," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 4, no.3 (Fall 2008): 31-57.
"Women, Honour, and the State: Evidence from Egypt," Middle Eastern Studies 42, no.1 (2006): 1-20.
"Women's Voluntary Social Welfare Organizations in Egypt," in Gender, Religion and Change in the Middle East: Two Hundred Years of History, ed. Inger Marie Okkenhaug and Ingvild Flaskerud (Berg, 2005), 85-102.
"An Islamic Activist in Interwar Egypt," in Iran and Beyond, 201-20.  Reprinted in Women, Philanthropy, and Civil Society, ed. Kathleen D. McCarthy (Indiana University Press, 2001), 225-44.
"The Making of the Egyptian Nation," in Gendered Nations: Nationalism and Gender Order in the Long Nineteenth Century, ed. Ida Blom et al. (Berg, 2000), 137-58.
"The Politics of Female Notables in Postwar Egypt," in Borderlines: Genders and Identities in War and Peace, 1870-1930, ed. Billie Melman (Routledge, 1998), 329-50.

“The Port Said Orphan Scandal of 1933: Colonialism, Islamism, and the Egyptian Welfare State,” in Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia,  ed. Heather J. Sharkey (Syracuse University Press, 2013).

Nationalist Iconography: Egypt as a Woman,” in Rethinking Nationalism in the Arab World, ed. James Jankowski and Israel Gershoni (Columbia University Press, 1997), 105-24.

 “The Making and Breaking of Marital Bonds in Modern Egypt,” in Women in Middle Eastern History, ed. Nikki R. Keddie and Beth Baron (Yale University Press, 1991) 275-91.