Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology
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Brief Biography

Mona Abaza is a professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology, Egyptology and Anthropology at The American University in Cairo. 

Abaza received her BA in political science from The American University in Cairo, Egypt (1982), her MA in sociology from the University of Durham, UK (1986) and her PhD from the University of Bielefeld (1990). In 2009, She was appointed full professor at AUC. From 2009 to 2011, she was professor of Islamology at Lund University, and, in Spring 2014, she worked as a research fellow at Morphomata, Cologne. Abaza formerly served as the chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology and Egyptology at The American University in Cairo from 2007 to 2009, and in Spring 2014. Previously, she had been a visiting scholar at the Institute for South East Asian Studies, Singapore (1990 -1992), Kuala Lumpur (1995 - 1996), l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (1994), Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (1996 - 1997), the International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden (2002 - 2003), the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Wassenaar (2006 - 2007) and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center (2005).

Research Interest

Religious and cultural networks between the Middle East and Southeast Asia, the Hadhrami diaspora in Southeast Asia, and consumer culture and the art market in Egypt