Who Is She


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Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Hoda Elsadda

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Cairo University
English Language and Literature


PhD, English Literature, Cairo University, 1988
MA, English and Comparative Literature, American University in Cairo, 1981
BA, English Literature, Cairo University, 1978


Comparative Cultural Studies
Feminist Writing
Gender Discourses in the Arab World
Oral Histories of Arab Women

Work history

Chair in the Study of the Contemporary Arab World, University of Manchester, 2005-2011
Co-Director, Center for Advanced Studies of the Arab World, UK, 2006-2011
Professor of English Literature, Cairo University, 2000-2005
Honorary office and memberships: 
Member, Egypt's 50-Member Constitution Committee, 2013
Member, Board of Directors, Global Fund for Women, 2009-Present
Member, Advisory Board, Global Fund for Women, 2005-2009
Member, Advisory Board, Durham Series in Modern Languages, 2009
Co-Founder and President of the Board of Trustees, Women and Memory Forum, 1997-Present
Productions and works: 
Edited and authored introduction, Al-niswiyya wa al-tarikh (Feminism and History), Translated by Abeer Abbas. Cairo: Women and Memory Forum, 2010 (Forthcoming).
"Egypt," in Arab Writings: A Reference Guide, 1873-1999, p.98-161. Edited by Radwa Ashour, Faryal Ghuzul and Hasna Muqaddisi. Translated by Mandy Macler. Cairo and New York: American University in Cairo Press, 2008.
"Imagining the New Man: Gender and the Nation in Narratives of Arabic Literature at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century," Journal of Middle East Women's Studies (JMEWS) 3 (Spring 2007), p. 31-55.
Gender, Nation and the Arabic Novel: Egypt 1892-2008. Syracuse University Press and Edinburgh University Press, 2012.