I am a scholar of political economy and intellectual history (19th and 20th centuries) with a particular emphasis on the MENA region. I am also an advocate of financial literacy in the face of financialization of everyday life. I am currently researching financial (de)colonization on a global scale. I look at the emergence and transformation of global and national monetary regimes and financial orders (e.g. sterling bloc, gold standard, dollar diplomacy, central banks, IFIs like the IMF) under capitalist expansion, debt, war, colonial conquest, and revolution.
I also research the history of economic thought, as well as modern Arab and Islamic thought, with an emphasis on the age of anti-colonial national liberation in the mid-20th century.
In addition to my academic research and teaching, I am the co-founder of e-zines Al-Akhbar English and The Legal Agenda’s English Edition. My press writings have appeared in The Toronto Star, Al-Jazeera English, The Monthly Review, Le Monde Diplomatique, Al-Adaab, Middle East Eye, Egypt Independent, Assafir, Jadaliyya, and Al-Ahram Weekly.
Political Economy of the Middle East
Modern Arab and Islamic Thought
Economic Thought and Theory
Global Financial Order
Currency Regimes, Private Banking, and Colonial Finance
Banking on the State: The Financial Foundations of Lebanon (Stanford University Press, 2019).
Mahdi Amel, Arab Marxism and National Liberation: Selected Writings (Brill, 2020). Editor
The Clarion of Syria: A Patriot’s Call to Overcome the Civil War of 1860 (University of California Press, 2019). Co-editor
Dawlat al-Masarif: Tarikh Lubnan al-Mali (Markaz Dirasat al-Wihdah al-Arabiyyah, 2021). Arabic Translation
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Mahdi Amel: On Colonialism, Sectarianism, and Hegemony,” Middle East Critique (vol. 30, No. 1, 2021).
Co-authored, “Lebanon’s al-Akhbar and Radical Press Culture: Toward an Intellectual History of the Contemporary Arab Left,” The Arab Studies Journal (vol. XXIV, no.1, Spring 2016).
“Arab Socialism” in The Cambridge History of Socialism, forthcoming. Co-authored w Abdel-Razzaq Takriti.
“The Anti-Colonial Intellectual”, in Arab Marxism and National Liberation: Selected Writings of Mahdi Amel (Brill, 2020).
“The War of 1860: Roots and Ramifications” in The Clarion of Syria: A Patriot’s Call to Overcome the Civil War of 1860 (University of California Press, 2019). Co-authored
“Butrus al-Bustani: From Protestant Convert to Ottoman Patriot and Arab Reformer” in The Clarion of Syria: A Patriot’s Call to Overcome the Civil War of 1860 (University of California Press, 2019). Co-authored
Dylan Baun’s Winning Lebanon: Youth Politics, Populism, and the Production of Sectarian Violence, IJMES, forthcoming.
Kamal Dib’s Intra Wa Hitan al-Mal, Arab Studies Journal (2017)
I welcome graduate student applicants interested in researching a topic that broadly falls within the following fields:
Financial History (Global, 18th to 20th century)
Modern Intellectual History (Economic/Arab/Islamic)
Political Economy and State-formation of the late and post-Ottoman Arab region (19th and 20th centuries)
Prospective Ph.D. applicants should email me the following:
- Research Writing Sample (Published or unpublished)
- Research Proposal (One page, MS Word)
- University Transcript (Official or unofficial)