Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
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Brief Biography

Amr Adly is 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 Stanford University. He has also worked as a project manager at the center of democracy, development, and the rule of law at Stanford University, where he was a postdoctoral fellow.

Adly is author of cleft capitalism: the social origins of failed market-making in Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2020) and state reform and development in the Middle East: the cases of Turkey and Egypt (Routledge, 2012). He has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Geoforum, 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. 

    • Cleft Capitalism: The social origins of failed market-making in Egypt, Stanford University Press, June 2020:
    • State reform and development in the Middle East: The cases of Turkey and Egypt, London: Routledge Publications, 2012. 
    • Authoritarian Restitution in Bad Economic Times Egypt and the crisis of global Neoliberalism. The Journal of Geoforum, 2020. As part of a special edition: Developmentalism in an Age of Authoritarian Neoliberalism edited by Murat Arsel and Alfredo Saad Filho.
    • 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 Frederic Volpi, London: Routledge, 2017.
    • "Politically-embedded cronyism: The case of Egypt" in Business and PoliticsVolume (11) issue (4) December 2009. 
  • 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. 

Research Interest

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