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Joel gordon department of History/King Fahd Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark 72701

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Department of History/King Fahd Center for Middle East & Islamic Studies

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Ark 72701

(479) 575-4755

PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1987

BA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1979

Academic Appointments

Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Arkansas, 2009-

Associate Director, Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Arkansas, 2002-04

Associate/Professor, Department of History, University of Arkansas, 1999-

Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Omaha, 1997-99

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1996-97

Assistant Professor, Department of History, Franklin & Marshall College, 1989-1995

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History, Skidmore College, 1988-1989

Visiting Assistant Professor, Program for the Study of Religion, University of Illinois-Urbana, 1987-1988

Fellowships and Awards

Fulbright College Master Researcher, University of Arkansas, 20007

Summer Research Grant, 1999, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Fulbright Fellowship, Egypt, 6 months, 1995-96

Social Science Research Council Fellowship, Egypt, 10 months, 1995-96 (accepted 4 months)

American Research Center in Egypt Fellowship, Egypt, 10 months, 1995-96 (declined)

Fulbright-Hays Dissertation Fellowship, Egypt, 12 months, 1984-85

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), American University in Cairo, Egypt, 12 months, 1982-83

Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship (FLAS), Arabic, University of Michigan, 1985-86, 1983-84, 1981-82, 1980-81

Nasser: Hero of the Arab Nation (Oneworld Press, 2006)

Revolutionary Melodrama: Popular Film and Civic Identity in Nasser’s Egypt (University of Chicago Middle East Center, 2002)

Nasser’s Blessed Movement: Egypt’s Free Officers and the July Revolution (Oxford University Press, 1992; 2nd ed/pb American University in Cairo Press, 1997)


“Mother of the Silver Screen,” Mediterraneans 15 (2011), 231-33

“Egypt from 1919,” New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 5 (Cambridge University Press 2010), 372-401

“River Blindness: Black and White Identity in Early Nasserist Cinema,” Narrating the Nile: Politics, Cultures, Identities (ed.) Israel Gershoni et al (Lynne Rienner, 2008), 137-56

“The Slaps Felt around the Arab World: Family and National Melodrama in 2 Nasser-era Musicals, International Journal of Middle East Studies 39 (2) 2007, 209-28

“The Nightingale and the Ra’is: Abd al-Halim Hafez and Nasserist Longings,” in Rethinking Nasserism: Revolution and Historical Memory in Modern Egypt, Elie Podeh and Onn Winckler (eds.) (Florida University Press, 2004), 307-23

“Singing the Pulse of the Egyptian-Arab Street: Shaaban Abd al-Rahim and the Geo-pop Politics of Fast Food,” Popular Music 22 (1) 2003, 75-90

“Days of Anxiety/Days of Sadat: Impersonating Egypt’s Flawed Hero on the Egyptian Screen,”

Journal of Film and Video 54 (2-3) 2002, 27-42

“Golden Boy turns Bete Noire: Crossing Boundaries of Unscripted Television in Egypt,” Journal of Middle Eastern and North African Intellectual and Cultural Studies 1 (1) 2001), 1-18

“Class-crossed Lovers: Popular Film and Social Change in Nasser’s New Egypt,” Quarterly Review of Film and Television 18 (4) Fall 2001, 385-96

With God on Our Side: Scripting Nasser’s Free Officer Mutiny,” in Rebellion, Repression, Reinvention: Mutiny in Comparative Perspective, Jane Hathaway (ed.) (Praeger, 2001), 253-72

“Israel in Egypt: Reel Images from across the Border,” in Leonard Greenspoon and Ronald Simkins (eds), “A Land Flowing with Milk and Honey”: Visions of Israel from Biblical to Modern Times (Creighton University Press, 2001), 219-36

Nasser 56/Cairo 96: Reimaging Egypt’s Lost Community,” in Mass Mediations: New Approaches to Popular Culture in the Middle East and Beyond, Walter Armbrust (ed.),

(University of California Press, 2000), 161-81

** reprinted in History of the Modern Middle East (2nd ed), Albert Hourani, Philip Khoury, Mary C. Wilson (eds) (IB Taurus, 2004), 597-613

“Film, Fame, and Public Memory: Egyptian Biopics from Mustafa Kamil to Nasser 56,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 31 (1) 1999, 61-79

“Becoming the Image: Words of Gold, Talk Television, and Ramadan Nights on the Little Screen,” Visual Anthropology 10 (1997), 247-63

“Secular and Religious Memory in Egypt: Recalling Nasserist Civics,” The Muslim World 87 (2) April 1997, 94-108

“The Supreme Struggle Back Home: Egypt 1945-1950,” American Historical Association Conference Proceedings, 1995

“Arba`un Amrikan Yabhathun `an Hamida” (40 Americans in Search of Hamida: Tourism in the Season of Terror), Ruz al-Yusuf, 1 February 1993, 52-53

“Al-Talaq bayna al-Thawrah wa-al-Amrikan” (The Divorce between the Revolution and the Americans), Ruz al-Yusuf (Cairo), 29 June 1992, 34-37

“`Abd al-Nasir wa-al-Mukhabarat al-Amrikiya” (Nasser and the CIA), Ruz al-Yusuf, 22 June 1992, 24-27

“Political Opposition in Egypt,” Current History, February 1990, 65-68+

“The Myth of the Savior: Egypt's ‘Just Tyrants’ on the Eve of Revolution,” Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt 26 (1989), 223-37

“The False Hopes of 1950: The Wafd’s Last Hurrah and the Demise of Egypt’s Old Order,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 21 (1989), 193-214

Encyclopedia/Reference Entries

“Omar Sharif,” “Abd al-Halim Hafiz,” “Farid al-Atrash,” “Yusuf Wahbi,” “Layla Murad,” “Hasan al-Banna,” “Ali Sabri,” “Tharwat Ukasha,” “Khalid Muhyi al-Din,” “Sayyid Marei,” “Salah Salim,” “Gamal Abd al-Nasser,” “Doria Shafik,” “Fatima (Rose) al-Yusuf,” Dictionary of African Biography, Henry Louis Gates and Emmanuel K Akyeampong (eds.) (Oxford U P, forthcoming 2011)

“Suez Canal,” Encyclopedia of Europe, 1789-1914, John Merriman and Jay Winter (eds.) (Macmillan, 2006)

“Abd al-Hamid Kishk,” “Jamal Abd al-Nasser,” “Muhammad `Ali Dynasty,” “Anwar al-Sadat,” Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World, Richard C Martin (ed) (Macmillan, 2004), 2-3, 4, 485-86, 605

“Egypt,” World Encyclopedia of Political Parties and Systems (Facts on File, 1999), 284-92

“Gamal Abdel Nasser,” Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions (Congressional Quarterly, 1998), 363

“Iraq,” American Academic Encyclopedia (Grolier, 1996)

Book Reviews (recent)

Selim Nassib, I Loved You for Your Voice (Europa 2006), Mediterraneans 15 (2011), 344-47

Barbara H E Zollner, The Muslim Brotherhood: Hasan al-Hudaybi and Ideology (Routledge 2009), International Journal of Middle East Studies 43 (1) 2011, 147-48

Haggai Ram, Iranophobia: The Logic of an Israeli Obsession (Stanford 2009), Dawn (Karachi) August 23, 2009, 1-2 (Books and Authors Supplement)

Christopher Stone, Popular Culture and Nationalism in Lebanon: The Fairouz and Rahbani Nation (Routledge 2007), Review of Middle East Studies 43 (1) 2009, 134-35

Heather Sharkey, American Evangelicals in Egypt: Missionary Encounters in an Age of Empire (Princeton 2008), International Journal of African Historical Studies 42 (2) 2009, 328-30

Parmesh Shahani, Gay Bombay: Globalization, Love and (Be)longing in Contemporary India (Sage 2008), Dawn (Karachi) 2009

Arif Hasan, Asiya Sadiq Polak, Christophe Polak, The Hawkers of Saddar Bazaar: A Plan for the Revitalization of Saddar Bazaar Karachi Through Traffic Rerouting and the Rehabilitation of its Hawkers (Ushba Publishing International, 2008), Dawn (Karachi), July 20, 2008

Augustus Richard Norton, Hizbollah: A Short History (Princeton University Press 2008), Journal of Military History 72 (3) July 2008, 984-85

Rashid Khalidi, The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood (Beacon, 2006), Logos 7 (2) 2008

Kumar Prasad Mukherji, The Lost World of Hindustani Music (Oxford UP 2006) Dawn

(Karachi), March 16, 2008

Yasmin Cheema, The Historical Quarters of Karachi (Oxford University Press, 2007),

Dawn (Karachi), February 10, 2008

Abdeslam M. Maghraoui, Liberalism without Democracy: Nationhood and Citizenship in Egypt, 1922-1936 (Duke 2006), Middle East Journal 63 (1) Summer 2007, 532-33

Invited Conference/Symposia Papers (recent)

“Cultures of Neutrality: Nasserism and its Discontents,” workshop on The Non-Aligned Movement in the Mediterranean, Europe Institute, Columbia University, February 2009

“Cinematic Youth Culture: Secular Imaginings and Anti-Idealizations – Retreat or Resurgence?” The Decline of Secularism in Egypt, Simon Fraser University, August 2008

“The Country was Beautiful: Scenes of Egypt’s Lost Cosmopolitanism,” Fondation Alizes et

Funcacion Tres Culturas, Essaouira, Morocco, November 2007

“No Direction Home: Displacement and Death in Egyptian Pop-Culture Consciousness”

Exile and Displacement, Ben-Gurion University, May 2006

“Whose Nile? Whose Narrative? Symbolic Sites and Egyptian Pan/Nationalist Imaginings,” Narrating the Nile, Tel Aviv University, May 2006

Annual Meeting Papers (recent)

“Blood on the Tracks: The ‘Real’ Cairo in Yusuf Chahine’s Bab al-Hadid,”

Middle East Studies Association, November 2006

“The Slaps Heard ‘round the (Arab) World: Pathos and Patriarchy in 2 Nasserist Musicals”

Middle East Studies Association, November 2005


“Arab Responses to Fascism and Nazism: 1933-1945”

Tel Aviv/Open University, Tel Aviv, May 23-25, 2010

“Egyptian Material/Pop Culture”

University of Arkansas, April 9-10, 2004 (co-organizer)

“Twentieth Century Historians and Historiography of the Middle East”

Bogazici University, Istanbul, May 23-26 2002

“Middle East Studies in Russia and the USA”

St. Petersburg University, St. Petersburg, June 26-27, 2002

Professional Service (selected)

Book Review Editor, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 2001-09

American Research Center in Egypt, Strategic Planning Committee, 2005-06

Nominating Committee, 2005-06; Board of Governors, 2000-03

Conference Panel Organizer (recent)

“Bab al-Hadid/Cairo Station: Re-Winding a Classic Film,” Middle East Studies Association, November 2006

“Scenes of Social Discipline: Approaches to Egyptian Film Music,” Middle East Studies Association, November 2005

Teaching Fields

Modern Middle East/North African History, Islamic History/Civilization

Islamic Religion/Society, Modern Arab/Islamic Political Thought

Middle East Society/Popular Culture

Historical Research, Cultural History, Oral History/Traditions

Western/World Civilization

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