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Diane Singerman

In Memoriam

[Janet Abu-Lughod's book Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious]

The swirl of articles and books in graduate school, perused and ingested during a few years to shape and inform one’s courses and research, felt unending at times. On the other hand, there are some scholars whose books stop you cold as you realize they are just what you have been searching for, as they lead to many days of inspired reading and ideas which take decades to unfold. In my life, Janet Abu Lughod’s Cairo: 1001 Years of the City Victorious was one of those few ...

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Diane Singerman

Diane Singerman is Associate Professor in the Department of Government, School of Public Affairs at the American University. She received her B.A., M.A., and PhD from Princeton University and did graduate work at the American University in Cairo. Among her publications are: Cairo Contested: Governance, Urban Space, and Global Modernity, (ed., 2009), Cairo Cosmopolitan: Politics, Culture, and Urban Space in the New Globalized Middle East (co-edt. with Paul Amar 2006), Avenues of Participation: Family, Politics, and Networks in Urban Quarters of Cairo (1995) and Development, Change, and Gender in Cairo: A View from the Household (co-edited with Homa Hoodfar, 1996). Her research interests lie within comparative politics, gender and politics in Egypt and the Middle East, informal politics, political participation, urbanism, youth, globalization, and social movements. She is currently leading a project about urban governance, the built environment, and social justice in Egypt’s cities, called “Tadamun: The Cairo Urban Solidarity Initiative” which is supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation (