Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
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Brief Biography

Amr Adly is an assistant professor in the department of political science at The American University in Cairo. He worked as a researcher at the Middle East Directions Program at the European University Institute. He worked as a non-resident scholar at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where his research centered on political economy, development studies, and economic sociology of the Middle East, with a focus on Egypt. 

Adly has taught political economy at The American University in Cairo and at Stanford University. Adly has also worked as a project manager at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.

Adly is an author of Cleft Capitalism: The Social Origins of Failed Market Making in Egypt (Stanford University Press, forthcoming June 2020) and State Reform and Development in the Middle East: The Cases of Turkey and Egypt (Routledge, 2012). He has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including Business and Politics, the Journal of Turkish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Adly is also a frequent contributor to print and online news sources, including Bloomberg, Jadaliyya and Al-Shorouk. 


Adly has a PhD in political economy from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy (2010). He graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University in 2004, majoring in political science and minoring in economics. 

Selected publications 

  • Cleft Capitalism: The social origins of failed market making in Egypt, Stanford University Press, Forthcoming June 2020 
  • State reform and development in the Middle East: The cases of Turkey and Egypt, London: Routledge Publications, 2012
  • Beyond Regime Change: The state and the crisis of governance in post-2011 Tunisia and Egypt (with Hamza Meddeb) in Socioeconomic Protest in MENA and Latin America (Eds. Jonas Wolff and Irene-Weipert-Fenner), Palgrave, 2019
  • Developmental Strategies in the Arab World, in Routledge Handbook on Mediterranean Politics, edited by Richard Gillespie and Federic Volpi, London: Routledge, 2017
  • "Politically-embedded cronyism: The case of Egypt" in the Business and PoliticsVolume (11) issue (4) December 2009
Research Interest

Political economy, economic sociology, political economy of the Middle East, comparative politics and Middle East studies.