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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 2017: Mondays, 1:00-3:00 OR by appointment
  • 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 tentatively titled From Accumulation by Dispossession to Revolt: 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:





  • 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 2016)
  • INTL. 407/507 The Political Economy of War and Conflict (Spring 2016)
  • INTL. 400/500 The Arab Uprisings: Then and Now (Summer 2015)



Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Article Length: Class Formation in the post Arab Uprisings:The Military and the State in Egypt.

  • Article Length: Islamic Politics in an Age of Globalization: The Syrian Muslim Brothers' Quest for Power.

  • Article Length: The Fragmentation of the Egyptian Working Class and the Emergence of the Precariat, 1991-2015.

  • Book Length:'From Accumulation by Dispossession to Revolt: The Political Economy of Egypt under Mubarak'.

Refereed Journal Articles

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

  • '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:

  • '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, 2012, pp. 27-55.

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

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

Book Chapters

  • '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 (forthcoming).

  • '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, 2017 (March).

  • '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.

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

Book Reviews

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

  • 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 no. 2, 2016.

  • 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 2013.

  • 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, 2012.

  • 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 2011.


  • 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