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  • Assistant Professor of Politics


  • BA, American University in Cairo, 2006
  • MA, New York University, 2007
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2014


Sarah El-Kazaz is an assistant professor of politics. Her research focuses on urban politics, the role of non-state actors in governance, globalization, and the micro-dynamics of urban resistance with a focus on the Middle East.

Her current book project grows out of her dissertation entitled “Building Politics: Urban Transformation and Governance in Cairo and Istanbul,” where she investigates the politicization of urban planning and architectural design by actors as diverse as international NGOs, private entrepreneurs and state agencies in globalizing Cairo and Istanbul, and the contestation surrounding their projects.

She teaches courses on Middle East politics, urban politics, political economy and the politics of science and technology.