Nermin Allam

Nermin Allam


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Office Location

708 Hill Hall

Dr. Nermin Allam is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Rutgers University-Newark. Before joining Rutgers, Allam held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Allam holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Allam’s research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, International Development Research Centre, Carnegie Corporation of New York and the American Political Science Association.


Social movements; gender politics; Middle Eastern and North African studies; and political Islam.



Allam, Nermin. 2017. Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings, Cambridge University Press.         

Chapters, Peer Reviewed:

Allam, Nermin. 2019. “Affective Encounters: Women, Hope, and Activism in Egypt.” In Ideology and Politics:The Challenges of Democratic Transition, edited by Dalia Fahmy and Eid Mohamed, 135 -155.Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

 Allam, Nermin. 2013. “The Rentier State Theory from a Critical Realist Perspective.” In Africa Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow: Exploring the Multi-dimensional Discourses on “Development”, ed. Tope Oriola, Ernest Kaleema, and Nathan Andrew, 215–230. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars.

Allam, Nermin. 2013. “Humans Out of Sight: Stateless Roma in the European Union 1990-2010.” In Europe Inside Out: Europe and Europeanness Exposed to Plural Observers (Volume 1). Paris: Euroacademia Publishing.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Allam, Nermin. "Smoke and Mirrors: State-Sponsored Feminism in Post-uprising Egypt." Social Research: An International Quarterly, vol. 86 no. 1, 2019, p. 365-386.

Allam, Nermin. 2014. “Activism and Exception in Covering Egypt’s Uprising: A Critical Reading of the New York Times Representation of Female Protestors.” Sociology of Islam. Special Issue: Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond (5): 310- 327.

Allam, Nermin. 2014. “Blesses and Curses: Virtual Dissidence as a Contentious Performance in the Arab Spring’s Repertoire of Contention.” International Journal of Communication (8): 853–70.

Encyclopedia Entries:

Nermin Allam, “Modesty Discourses: Middle East and North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph.(Brill: 2020)

Allam, Nermin. 2013. “Ablā al-Kahlāwy.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Zuhur, Sherifa and Nermin Allam. 2013. “Women and Politics.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. New York: Oxford University Press.

Newspaper Articles, Magazines and Blogs Non-Peer Reviewed:

Allam, Nermin. “Activism amidst Disappointment.” Seminar, March, 2016.

Nermin Allam, “Locating Hope: Women’s Activism in Post-Uprising Egypt,” AlbertaPoliBlog, Department of Political Science, University of Alberta, March, 2016,

Nermin Allam, “What Holds Next? The Politics of Disappointment,” Middle East Centre, The London School of Economics and Political Science, August, 2015,

Allam, Nermin. “Op Ed: Egyptian street a gender battlefield.” Edmonton Journal June 4, 2012. sec. Ideas: A17.

Knight, W. A., and Nermin Allam. “Op Ed: Egypt’s Army must be Force Behind Change." Edmonton Journal February 9, 2011, sec. Ideas: A15

Associated Programs

Women and Gender Studies Program, Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights