Beth Baron

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Research Interests

  • Modern Egypt
  • History of Medicine
  • Gender History
  • Middle East

Education

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.A., School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • The City College of New York

Beth Baron is an historian of the Middle East, focusing on gender and modern Egypt. She is committed to finding traces in the archives of the marginalized and forgotten – women, children, orphans, and slaves – showing how narration of their stories challenges the ways in which the past is understood. From 2009 to 2014, she edited the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and from 2015 to 2017 served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. During her tenure as President, the association became a leading plaintiff in one of the federal court cases seeking to overturn the Muslim Ban. She continues her advocacy with her work on the MESA Global Academy, which supports displaced scholars from the MENA region. Her research has been funded by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Carnegie Corporation, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Awards and Grants

  • Grantee, Mellon Sawyer Seminar on “Race and the Middle East/North Africa,” 2020-2022.

  • Carnegie Scholar, 2007-2008

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

  • President, Middle East Studies Association, 2015-2017

  • Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies. 2009-2014

Selected Publications

Books

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

  • Discussion of The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood on the Ottoman History Podcast: http://www.ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2015/01/history-muslim-brotherhood-egypt.html

  • Webpage of The Orphan Scandal: Christian Missionaries and the Rise of the Muslim Brotherhood on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OttomanHistoryPodcast?fref=nf

  • 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.  

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