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Hanan Hammad


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Assistant Professor

Middle East & Islamic World


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(817) 257-5823


Hanan earned her Ph.D in Middle East History with a supporting field in Persian studies at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. She is currently writing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Mechanizing People, Localizing Modernity: Industrialization and Social Transformation in Modern Egypt. Based on archival sources which have not previously been consulted and oral history collected in the town of al-Mahalla al-Kubra, Mechanizing People examines how modern industry influenced the socio-economic and demographic growth of Egyptian society, affected the daily routine of ordinary people and changed their sense of time, concept of money, and consumption habits. Prof. Hammad has a passion for Persian history and culture, which has resulted in several scholarly presentations and an Arabic translation of Moniro Ravanipour’s novel Ahl-e Gharq [the Drowned]. She also holds a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from Cairo University, and, before coming to the world of academia, she worked as a journalist in Egyptian, Kuwaiti and American newspapers. She spent the 2010-2011 academic year in Germany as the Postdoctoral Fellow at the Europe in the Middle East-the Middle East in Europe program at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.


Prof. Hammad's recent publications include the book chapters "Regulating Sexuality: The Colonial-National Struggle over Prostitution after the British Invasion of Egypt,” in The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance (University of Edinburgh Press) and “Relocating Common Past and the making of East-centric Modernity” in Rethinking Iranian Nationalism and Modernity (University of Texas Press), and the articles “Between Egyptian ‘National Purity’ and ‘Local Flexibility’: Prostitution in al-Mahalla al-Kubra in the first half of the 20th century” and “From Fascination to Condemnation: Khomeini and the Iranian Revolution in the Egyptian Press.”