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Amr Adly

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Department of Political Science
  • Email: [email protected]
Brief Biography

Amr Adly is assistant professor in the department of political science at The American University in Cairo (AUC). 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 AUC 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 the 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. 

Research Interest
  • Political economy
  • Economic sociology
  • Political economy of the Middle East
  • International political economy
  • Development studies
  • Comparative politics and Middle East studies

Egypt: Lumbering State; Restlessness Society (co-authored with Nathan Brown and Shaimaa Hattab), Columbia University Press, forthcoming in October 2021.

“Egypt’s twisted hydrocarbon dependency: A case of persistent semi-rentierism”, in Oil and political economy in the Middle East (edited by Thomas Richter and Martin Beck), Manchester University Press, forthcoming in 2021

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 Politics. Volume (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.