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Angela Joya

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: (541) 346-2544
  • Office: 347 PLC
  • Office Hours: M/W 12:00-1:00
  • Affiliated Departments: Middle East and North African Studies, Political Science
  • Interests: Globalization and the State, Political Economy,War & Conflict, Migration & Refugee Crises, Radicalization, Political Islam, Middle East & North Africa Fieldwork in Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey, Greece and France.
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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.


Angela Joya's research focuses on  neoliberal globalization and the ways this phenomenon shapes the relationships among various social classes, the institutions and practices of the state and the nature of social conflicts.  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. Since the Arab uprisings of 2010-2011, she 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 is currently working on two research projects. In her first project, she is examining local responses to the failures of neoliberal development policies in the Maghreb region (Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria). Her second project traces  the relationshiop between the  current migrant/refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and the neoliberal reform policies, thus offering a global perspectives on the contemporary migration crisis. She has conducted fieldwork in Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, Jordan and Turkey, Greece and France. Dr. Joya's book manuscript titled "The Roots of Revolt: A Political Economy of Egypt From Nasser to Mubarak" is forthcoming with a major academic press.

Broader Research interests:

Globalization, Islam and the Middle East:

Connecting Resistances:Emancipatory Activism in West Asia, North Africa and Germany:Roundtable in Berlin, Fall 2018:

Canada's War in Afghanistan (2014):





  • INTL. 423/523 Development and the Muslim World
  • INTL. 407/507 Global Political Economy of Development
  • INTL. 199 Globalization and the Global Economy
  • INTL. 407/507 Transnational Migrations



Select Publications

  • (2018) ‘The Military and the State in Egypt: Class Formation in the Post-Arab Uprisings’, British Journal of Middle East Studies,

  • (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, pp.89-106.

  • ( 2018) ‘Political Islam and Globalization: The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood’s Approach to State and Economy’, Journal of South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Vol. 41, No.3, pp.5-24.

  • (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, pp. 201-220.

  • (2017) 'Neoliberalism, the State and Economic Policy Outcomes in the Post-Arab Uprisings: The Case of Egypt', Mediterranean Politics, (August), pp. 339-361:

  • (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

  • American Institute for Maghreb Studies (AIMS)
  • International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Fellow, Center for Syrian Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland (
  • Middle East Studies Association (MESA)
  • Canadian Political Science Association