Director of Middle East Studies
Professor of History


Contact Information

Phone: +20-2-797-5994

MESC office, 5 Youssef El Guindi St., Apt. #4
Office Hours: T 2-4 p.m.


1982 Ph.D. University of Michigan (History)

1978 A.M.L.S. University of Michigan (Library Science)

1974 A.M. Harvard University (Middle East Studies)

1970 A.B. Princeton University (Near Eastern Studies) magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

1969 Center for Arabic Study Abroad, American University in Cairo


Joel Beinin received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1970, his M.A. from Harvard University in 1974, and his A.M.L.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1978 and 1982. He also studied at the American University of Cairo and lived in Egypt in 1969, 1980-81, 1985, 1986, 1993, and 2004-05. From 1983 to 2006 he taught Middle East history at Stanford University. His research and writing focuses on workers, peasants, and minorities in the modern Middle East and on Israel, Palestine, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Beinin has written or edited seven books, most recently Workers and Peasants in the Modern Middle East (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005, co-edited with Rebecca Stein (Stanford University Press, 2006). His articles have been published in leading scholarly journals as well as The Nation, Middle East Report, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Jordan Times, Asia Times, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He has appeared on Al-Jazeera TV, BBC radio, National Public Radio, and many other TV and radio programs throughout North America, and in France, Egypt, Singapore, and Australia, and has given frequent interviews to the global print media. In 2002 he served as President of the Middle East Studies Association of North America.

Professional Affiliations

Middle East Studies Association of North America
American Historical Association
Palestinian-American Research Center
American Research Center in Egypt
Middle East Research and Information Project