American Univesity of Beirut

Workshop Leaders


Anne Alexander (Cambridge)

Anne Alexander's research focusses on labour movements, collective action and digital media in the Middle East. She also has broader teaching and research interests in the political economy of the Internet and the ethics of Big Data. She is the co-author with Mostafa Bassiouny, of Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: Workers and the Egyptian Revolution (Zed, 2014), a regular contributor to International Socialism Journal and co-editor of Middle East Solidarity magazine.


Joel Beinin (Stanford)

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University. His research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel, and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1970, A.M. from Harvard University in 1974, and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982. He taught at Stanford from 1983 to 2019 with a hiatus as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo in 2006-08. In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. He has written or edited twelve books, among them: A Critical Political Economy of the Modern Middle East (Stanford University Press, 2021); co-edited with Bassam Haddad and Sherene Seikaly; Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2016); Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, (Stanford University Press, 1st ed. 2011, 2nd ed. 2013); co-edited with Frédéric Vairel; and The Struggle for Worker Rights in Egypt (Washington, DC: Solidarity Center, 2010. His work has been translated into Arabic, Hebrew, French, and Turkish.


John Chalcraft (LSE)

John Chalcraft is Professor of Middle East History and Politics in the Government Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), UK. Previous posts include a Research Fellowship at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and a Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh. He obtained his PhD in History from NYU in 2001. He is an inter-disciplinary historian working on labour, migration and popular politics in the Middle East, with special reference to Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and more recently the Arabian Peninsula. He has three single-author books: The Striking Cabbies of Cairo and Other Stories (SUNY Press, 2004), The Invisible Cage: Syrian migrant workers in Lebanon (Stanford University Press, 2009) and Popular Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He also co-edited a volume with Yaseen Noorani, Counterhegemony in the Colony and Postcolony (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). His current research focuses on transnational activism and Gramscian perspectives on popular mobilization.


Elizabeth Saleh (AUB)

Elizabeth Saleh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the American University of Beirut.  She works in the fields of political and economic anthropology, with a special focus on labor, gender, resistance and social transformation. She obtained her PhD in Social Anthropology and an MA in Anthropology and Cultural Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. Saleh has also held posts at the Orient Institute in Beirut, the London School of Economics and Goldsmiths.​


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