Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
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Brief Biography

Tamer ElGindi is assistant professor of political science at The American University in Cairo. He holds a PhD in planning, policy, and design from the University of California, Irvine, an MA and a BA in economics from The American University in Cairo. He wrote his PhD dissertation on the effects of neoliberal globalization and natural resource dependency on income inequality in developing countries. His current research interests broadly lie within the realms of economic development, inequality, natural resources, and sustainability with special focus on developing countries and the Middle East in specific.

His articles appeared in several renowned journals such as the Middle East Policy, Current Sociology, and the Review of Radical Political Economics. He also has a forthcoming article addressing inequalities in Egypt to appear later in 2017 in the Arab Studies Journal. He also wrote couple of online articles addressing the future of oil and gas in GCC countries in the online journal Academic Foresights, and more recently his article on rebuilding the Egyptian economy appeared in Muftah magazine. Before joining AUC, Tamer worked as assistant professor of policy, planning, and development at Qatar University.  


Doctorate of philosophy in policy, planning, and design, 2014, University of California, Irvine, United States.

Master of arts in economics, 2007, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Bachelor of arts in economics, 2003, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.


Peer-reviewed publications

ElGindi, T. (2017). “Well-Being Before the Arab Spring: Objective vs. Subjective Measurements.” Middle East Policy, Vol. XXIV, No.2, Summer 2017: pp.110-121.

ElGindi, T. (2017). “Natural Resource Dependency, Neoliberal Globalization, and Income Inequality: Are they Related? A Longitudinal Study of Developing Countries (1980-2010).” Current Sociology, Vol.65(1): pp 21-53.

ElGindi, T. , Said, M. & Salevurakis, J. (2009). ‘‘Islamic Alternatives to Purely Capitalist Modes of Finance: A Study of Malaysian Banks from 1999-2006”. Review of Radical Political Economics, 41(4):516-538.

Books and Book Chapters

ElGindi, T. (2014). “Income Inequality and Economic Globalization: A Longitudinal Study of 15 Muslim-Majority Countries (1963–2002)” in Structures of the World Political Economy and the Future Global Conflict and Cooperation edited by Christian Suter and Christopher Chase-Dunn (World Society Studies Volume 2014). Berlin/Münster/Wien/Zurich/London: Lit.(ISBN 978-3-643-80184-5)

ElGindi, T. (2013). Islamic Finance: A Study of Malaysian Banks from 1999-2006. Saarbruecken, Germany: LAMBERT Academic Publishing

ElGindi, T. (2011). “Malaysia: Looking through the Islamic Window”. Pp. 425-428 in Finance islamique: regard(s) sur une finance alternative, edited by MAZARS GROUP. Algeria: MAZARS GROUP

Other Publications

ElGindi, T. (January 2017). On the Question of How: Rebuilding Egypt’s Economy. Muftah. Available at: http://muftah.org/rebuilding-egypts-economy/#.WIWUELZ95TY

ElGindi, T. (January-June 2016). Oil and Natural Gas in GCC Countries. Academic Foresights. Available at: http://www.academic-foresights.com/Oil_and_Natural_Gas_in_GCC_Countries.html

Research Interests

  • Economic development
  • Political economy
  • Inequality
  • Neoliberal globalization
  • Natural resources
  • Sustainability

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Public Policy and Analysis
  • Climate Change Policy Analysis
  • Urban Sustainability
  • Diversity and Community Development 
  • Capstone
  • Organizational Behavior and Management in Public Service Agencies