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Angela Joya

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Additional Title: Wayne Morse Resident Scholar, 2017-2018
  • Phone: (541) 346-2544
  • Office: 347 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter 2018: on maternity leave
  • Affiliated Departments: Political Science
  • Interests: Globalization and the State, Political Economy,War & Conflict, Migrant & Refugee Crises, Radicalization, Political Islam, Middle East & North Africa (focus on Egypt and Syria). Fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey.
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Ph.D. (Political Science, 2013), York University, Toronto.

MA (Political Science, 2004), BA (Political Science, French Studies, 2002), York University, Toronto.


Dr. Joya's research focuses on  economic globalization (neoliberalism) and the ways this phenomenon shapes the relationships among various social classes, the institutions and practices of the state.  She has researched the impact of economic liberalization and privatization on workers' and peasants' livelihoods in the post 1990 period. She has written about the struggles against neoliberalism by workers, peasants and other social groups, which culminated into the popular uprisings that swept across the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently preparing her book manuscript on the political economy of Egypt under Mubarak. Since the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011, her research has focused on the popular contestations of the economic and political systems in the MENA region and the role of international financial institutions in the region. Dr. Joya's other research interests include the Syrian conflict, the current migrant crisis, Islamist opposition parties and their struggle for power. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey, Greece and France:



  • INTL. 423/523 Development and the Muslim World (Winter 2017)
  • INTL. 407/507 Global Political Economy of Development (Winter 2017)
  • INTL. 199 Globalization and the Global Economy (Spring 2018)
  • INTL. 400/500 The Arab Uprisings: Then and Now (Summer 2015)



Select Publications

  • (forthcoming 2018) 'Is Islamism Accommodating Neoliberalism? The Case of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’, in Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention Paola Rivetti and Hendrik Kratzschmar (eds.), Edinburgh University Press.

  • (2017) 'The Persistence of Neoliberalism since the Arab Uprisings' in Richard Westra (ed.), The Political Economy of Emerging Markets: Varieties of BRICS in the Age of Global Crises and Austerity, Routledge.

  • (2016) 'Neoliberalism, the State and Economic Policy Outcomes in the Post-Arab Uprisings: The Case of Egypt', Mediterranean Politics, (August), pp. 1-23.

  • (2016) Review of Samuli Schielki, Egypt in the Future Tense: Hope, Frustration and Ambivalence before and after 2011, (Indiana University Press, 2015), Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, Issue 2.

  • (2016) Review of Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement, (Princeton University Press, 2015), Special Issue of Global Discourse (June).

  • (2015) Co-Authored with Evrim Gormus, 'State Power and Radicalization in Egypt's Sinai,' Canadian Journal of Middle East Studies, Special Issue: Radicalism in the Middle East, Vol. 1, No.1, pp. 42-50.

  • (2013) 'The Egyptian Revolution: Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Potential for Democratic Politics', republished in ‘Virtual Special Issue –Turmoil in North Africa: a radical assessment of the uprisings since the end of 2010', Review of African Political Economy, 2013, Online:

  • (2013) 'Failed States and Canada’s 3D Policy (Defense, Diplomacy and Development) in Afghanistan’, in Jerome Klassen and Greg Albo (eds.),  Empire’s Ally: Canadian Foreign Policy and the War in Afghanistan, University of Toronto Press.

  • (2013) Review of Line Khatib, Islamic Revivalism in Syria: the Rise and Fall of Ba’thist Secularism, (London: Routledge, 2011), Canadian Journal of Political Science, Vol. 46, No.1, Spring.

  • (2012) 'Syria and the Arab Spring: The Evolution of the Conflict and the Role of Domestic and External Factors', Ortadoğu Etütleri (Turkish Journal of Middle Eastern Studies), Vol. 4, No. 1, July, pp. 27-55.

  • (2012) Review of Rabab El-Mahdi and Philip Marfleet (eds), Egypt: The Moment of Change, (Zed Press, 2009), British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 39, Issue No. 3.

  • (2011) 'The Egyptian Revolution: Crisis of Neoliberalism and the Potential for Democratic Politics', Review of African Political Economy, Issue No. 29, September.

  • (2011) Review of Laura Guazzone and Daniela Pioppi, (eds), The Arab State and Neoliberal Globalization: the Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East, (Reading: Ithaca Press, 2009), Review of African Political Economy, Volume 38, Issue No. 128, June.

  • (2010) 'A Comparative Study of Neoliberalism in Egypt and Syria’, in Richard Westra (ed.), Confronting Global Neoliberalism: Third World Resistance and Development Strategies, Clarity Press.

  • (2007) 'Syria’s Transition, 1970-2005: From Centralization of the State to Market Economy', Research in Political Economy Volume 24, Summer.




  • The Politics and Political Economy of the Middle East (

Professional Affiliations

  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Fellow, Center for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Italian Middle East Studies Association