- Position: Professor and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Department: Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations
- Email: John.Meloy@aucegypt.edu
John Meloy is the dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor at the Department of Arab and Islamic Civilizations at the American University in Cairo. Meloy taught in the Department of History and Archaeology at the American University of Beirut (AUB) from 1998 until 2021. At AUB, he also served as chairperson of the Department of History and Archaeology, director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies, and, from 2010 until 2016, associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Meloy’s research has centered on the political economy of the Mamluk sultanate of Cairo and the sultanate’s relations with the sharifs of Mecca. He is currently working on a project that addresses fifteenth-century understandings of economic crises. While his current research investigates problems chiefly of interest to pre-modem historians, his interests are generally more interdisciplinary in scope. Islamic archaeology was his first interest in Middle East studies and he also developed an interest in the emergence of area studies in the modern Arab world.
- Mamluk History
- Late medieval political economy
- Islamic archaeology