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.

Associated Programs

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


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada International Development Research CentreCarnegie Corporation of New YorkThe 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.         

Edited Books:

Nermin Allam with Magdalena Karolak, eds. 2020. Gulf Cooperation Council Culture and Identities in the New Millennium: Resilience, Transformation, (Re)Creation and Diffusion. Contemporary Gulf Studies. Palgrave Macmillan.

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. 2019. “Modesty Discourses: Middle East and North Africa.” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Culture, edited by Suad Joseph. New York: Brill.


, 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.

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:

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. 2019. “Researching Hope and Failed Expectations.” American Political Science Association - MENA Newsletter, Spring 2019.

Allam, Nermin. 2019. “Analysis | How Saudi Arabia Uses Women’s Rights Reforms against Women’s Rights and Reform.” Washington Post, March 29, 2019, sec. Monkey Cage Analysis arabia/.

Allam, Nermin. 2018. “High Cost of Silence: Khashoggi and Women’s Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia.” The Globe Post. October 26, 2018. rights-saudi-arabia/. 

Allam, Nermin.2018. “Saudi Women Can Drive, but Are Their Voices Being Heard?” The Conversation. August 18, 2018. voices-being-heard-99183.

Allam, Nermin. 2018. “Women and The Egyptian Revolution.” American Political Science Association - MENA Newsletter, Spring 2018.

Allam, Nermin. “Despite New Limitations, Egyptian Women Are Still Active,” Washington Post, May 5, 2017, sec. Analysis,

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.