Adam Mestyan
Assistant Professor of History

On leave in 2018-2019.

I am a historian of the modern Arab world, especially Egypt. In general, I am interested in the problem of nation-making in empires and the history of the global bourgeoisie. Currently, I am working on my second monograph, Modern Arab Kingship, an international history of Arab monarchies and Western imperialism from the late nineteenth century until the 1950s in the former Ottoman territories. In addition, I am writing a number of smaller studies on financial/administrative history for my next project about the history of inequality in modern Egypt.  My first monograph, Arab Patriotism: The Ideology and Culture of Power in Late Ottoman Egypt (Princeton University Press, 2017), argues that patriotism was the official ideology of a sub-Ottoman monarchy in nineteenth-century Egypt (the khedivate).

I am committed to create free and online tools for scholarship and the public. I supervise an online bibliography project on Arabic periodicals: Jara'id: A Chronology of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals in Arabic; and co-direct a digital humanities project on the urban history of Cairo.

I welcome research students interested in any aspect of this region's modern history in the global context who wish to carry out research based on primary sources in the languages of the region.

Office Hours

Wednesday 4-5 pm or by appointment.

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