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Laurie A. Brand
New Texts Out Now: Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria
Laurie A. Brand, Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Laurie Brand (LB): Although I am a political scientist by training, I have a long-standing interest in language study and in the use and misuse of language. While I was working on my previous book on the relationship between sending states and their expatriates (Citizens Abroad: States and their ...Keep Reading »
Laurie A. Brand is the Robert Grandford Wright Professor of international relations and Middle East studies at the University of Southern California. She is a past president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America (2004), currently chairs its Committee on Academic Freedom, and directs USC’s Middle East Studies Program. A four-time Fulbright scholar to the Middle East and North Africa, a Carnegie Scholar 2008-10, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident Scholar in fall 2012, she is the author of Palestinians in the Arab World: Institution Building and the Search for State (Columbia, 1988); Jordan’s Inter-Arab Relations: The Political Economy of Alliance Making (Columbia, 1994); Women, the State and Political Liberalization (Columbia, 1998); Citizens Abroad: States and Migration in the Middle East and North Africa (Cambridge, 2006), and Official Stories: Politics and National Narratives in Egypt and Algeria (Stanford, 2014).
The upshot of all this is to say, alongside a veritable chorus of academics, activists, policymakers, and citizens in Lebanon and beyond, that sectarianism has been forged over time through specific institutional and discursive practices and, therefore, could be modified or undone.click | email | tweet