Joel Beinin

Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus
Ph.D. University of Michigan (History)
M.A.L.S. University of Michigan (Library Science)
M.A. Harvard University (Middle East Studies)
B.A. Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Joel Beinin is the Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Emeritus at Stanford University.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1982 before coming to Stanford in 1983.  From 2006 to 2008 he served as Director of Middle East Studies and Professor of History at the American University in Cairo.  In 2002 he served as president of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

Beinin’s research and writing focus on the social and cultural history and political economy of modern Egypt, Palestine, and Israel and on US policy in the Middle East.  He has written or edited twelve books, most recently A Critical Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa (Stanford University Press, 2020) co-edited with Bassam Haddad and Sherene Seikaly; Workers and Thieves: Labor Movements and Popular Uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2015); and Social Movements, Mobilization, and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, 2nd edition (Stanford University Press, 2013) co-edited with Frédéric Vairel.

His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals in English and French as well as South Atlantic Quarterly, Socialist Register, Carnegie PapersThe Nation, Le Monde Diplomatique, Middle East Report, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He has been interviewed on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, Skye TV, Radio France International, Australian and US National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout the world as well by the global print media.


Mailing Address

784 NW Westover Square
Portland, OR 97210-3139
United States

Labor History
Social History

Mentoring Award, Middle East Studies Association of North America, 2018

Kahn-Van Slyke Award for Distinguished Graduate Mentoring, Stanford Department of History,  2016