Pembroke Center

Nadje Al-Ali

Robert Family Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies


Nadje Al-Ali is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown, where she is also Robert Family Professor of International Studies and Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies. Her main research interests revolve around feminist activism and gendered mobilization, mainly with reference to Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and the Kurdish political movement. Her publications include "What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq" (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); "Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives" (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); "Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present" (2007, Zed Books), and "Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East" (Cambridge University Press 2000. Her co-edited book with Deborah al-Najjar entitled "We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War" (Syracuse University Press) won the 2014 Arab-American book prize for non-fiction. Her most recent publication is a co-edited book (jointly with Deniz Kandiyoti and Kathryn Spellman Poots) entitled "Gender, Governance & Islam" (University of Edinburgh Press, 2019). Professor Al-Ali is on the advisory board of "kohl: a journal of body and gender research" and has been involved in several feminist organizations and campaigns transnationally.