Heba Taha


Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science


Brief Biography

Heba Taha is assistant professor of Political Science at The American University in Cairo (AUC). She received her PhD from the Faculty of Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford. She was previously a Lecturer at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She had postdoctoral fellowships at Sciences Po - CERI in France and at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon.

Her research is at the intersection of violence and economy in the Middle East. Her doctoral work explores the making of Palestinians as subjects of Israeli capitalism. It focuses on practices of economic development and securitization in everyday encounters and non-conventional sites of contestation, such as shopping centers and high-tech firms. More recently, she is also researching nuclear histories and technologies in the Middle East.

  • “Misremembering the ACRS: economic imaginations and nuclear negotiations in the Middle East,” Global Affairs, 2021, early view


    “Palestinians in Israel: Neoliberal Contestations and Class Formation,” in Political Economy of Palestine: Critical, Interdisciplinary, and Decolonial Perspectives, edited by Alaa Tartir, Tariq Dana, and Timothy Seidel, pp. 155-176 (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).


    “Making Cheaper Labor: Domestic Outsourcing and Development in the Galilee,” Anthropology of Work Review, volume 41, issue 1 (2020), pp. 24-35.


    [with Nancy Hawker] “Freedom and Peace at the Shopping Centre: the politics of consumerism in Israel/Palestine,” Journal of Political Ideologies, volume 25, issue 3 (2020), pp. 294-315.


    “When central banks break up,” March 4, 2021, https://www.leidenislamblog.nl/articles/when-central-banks-break-up


    “Un Moyen-Orient sans armes nucléaires : les raisons d’une impasse,” Moyen-Orient 45 (2020), pp. 26-29.

  • DPhil, MPhil, Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford

    BA, International Affairs, George Washington University

Research Interest

Palestine, Israel, capitalism, colonialism

IR, Critical Approaches to IR, IR in the Global South

Political economy, development, peace

Nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, nuclear politics, nuclear technology