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Publications: Nicola Pratt


Embodying Geopolitics: Generations of Women's Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2020.

With Maha El Said and Lena Meari (eds.) Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World, London: Zed, 2015.

With Sophie Richter-Devroe (eds.). Gender, Governance and International Security, Abingdon and New York: Routledge, 2014.

With Nadje Al-Ali. What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

With Nadje Al-Ali (eds). Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives. London: Zed, 2009.

Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2007.


'Making Sense of the Egyptian Revolution in and through Popular Culture', International Journal of Middle East Studies, 52:3, 2020, pp. 531-535, 

With Yasmin Chilmeran, 'The Geopolitics of Social Reproduction and Depletion: The Case of Iraq and Palestine', Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 26:4, 2019, pp. 586–607,

With Dina Rezk, 'Securitizing the Muslim Brotherhood: State violence and authoritarianism in Egypt after the Arab Spring', Security Dialogue, 50: 3, 2019, pp. 239-256.

With Katherine Allison, 'The "War on Terror": 10 Years of Feminist Engagement', Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6:2, 2013, pp.312-312.

'Weaponising Feminism for the "War on Terror", versus Employing Strategic Silence', Critical Studies on Terrorism, 6: 2, 2013, pp. 327-331.

'The “Arab Spring” and the Israel-Palestine Conflict: Settler Colonialism and Resistance in the Midst of Geopolitical Upheavals', Ortadoğu Etütleri, 5: 1, 2013, pp.9-40.

'Reconceptualizing Gender, Reinscribing Racial–Sexual Boundaries in International Security: The Case of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on “Women, Peace and Security”'. International Studies Quarterly, 57: 4, 2013, pp. 772-783.

'The Gender Logics of Resistance to the "War on Terror": Constructing Sex-Gender Difference through the Erasure of Patriarchy in the Middle East', Third World Quarterly 33:10, 2012, pp. 1821-1836.

With Sophie Richter-Devroe, 'Introduction: Critically Examining UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security', special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics ('Critically Examining UNSCR 1325') 13: 4, 2011, pp. 489-503.

With Nadje Al-Ali. 'Between Nationalism and Women's Rights: The Kurdish Women's Movement in Iraq', Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 4: 3, 2011, pp. 339-355.

With Nadje Al-Ali. ‘Women’s Organizing and the Conflict in Iraq since 2003’, Feminist Review, 88, 2008, pp. 74-85.

'The Queen Boat case in Egypt: sexuality, national security and state sovereignty', Review of International Studies, 33, January 2007, pp. 129-44.

With Nadje Al-Ali. ‘Researching Women in Post-invasion Iraq: Negotiating “Truths” and Deconstructing Dominant Discourses’, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (BRIIFS), 8: 1&2, 2006, pp. 193-214.

Identity, Culture and Democratisation: The Case of Egypt’, New Political Science, 27: 1, March 2005, pp. 69–86.

Bringing Politics Back In: Examining the Link between Globalization and Democratization’, Review of International Political Economy, 11: 2, May 2004, pp. 311–336.

‘Understanding Political Transformation in Egypt’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, 14: 1/2, 2004, pp. 237–262.

Maintaining the Moral Economy: Egyptian State–Labor Relations in an Era of Economic Liberalization’, Arab Studies Journal 8:2/9:1, fall/spring 2000/2001, pp. 111–29.

Archives Curated

Middle East Women's Activism: a digital archive of interviews with women activists in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon. Based on research funded by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2013-2014).

Politics, Popular Culture and the 2011 Egyptian Revolution: a digital archive of multimedia that examines the relationship between politics and popular culture in the 2011 Egyptian revolution and its aftermath. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Council (AHRC).

Book Chapters

'Gender and Politics in the Middle East', in Larbi Sadiki, ed. Routledge Handbook of Middle East Politics, Abingdon: Routledge, 2020.

'Genre et transformations sociopolitiques dans le monde arabe depuis 2010' in Frederic Thomas, ed. Alternatives Sud: Etat des luttes: Moyen-Orient et Afrique du Nord, Louvain-la-Neuve: Centre Tricontinental, 2018.

With Nadje Al-Ali, 'Gender, protest and political transition in the Middle East and North Africa', in Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage, eds. Handbook on Gender in World Politics, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016.

With Nadje Al-Ali, 'Positionalities, intersectionalities and transnational feminism in researching women in post-invasion Iraq', in Annick Wibben, ed. Research War: Feminist Methods, Ethics and Politics, London and New York: Routledge, 2016.

‘After 25 January Revolution: Democracy or Authoritarianism in Egypt’, in Reem Abou-El-Fadl, editor, Revolutionary Egypt: Connecting Domestic and International Struggles. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

With Nadje Al-Ali, 'Iraq's Triple Challenge: State, Nation and Democracy', in P Burnell, V Randall & L Rackner, Politics in the Developing World, Oxford: OUP, 2010.

Human Rights NGOs and the Foreign Funding Debate in Egypt’, in Anthony Tirado-Chase & Amr Hamzawy, eds. Human Rights in the Arab World, Philadephia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006, pp. 114–126.

‘Hegemonie et contre-hegemonie en Egypte: les ONG militantes, la societe civile et l’Etat’, in Sarah Ben Néfissa, et al (eds.) ONG et gouvernance dans le monde arabe. Paris: Karthala and CEDEJ, 2004, pp. 167–196.


Decolonising Women and Gender in Middle East Studies, in conversation with Lucia Sorbera, University of Sydney School of Languages and Cultures podcast, University of Sydney, 13 October 2020.

Author Spotlight: Nicola Pratt on Women’s Activism in the Middle East, University of California Press blog, 13 October 2020.

Documenting Generations of Women’s Activism in Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, Council for British Research in the Levant blog, 6 October 2020.

COVID-19 and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in the Middle East and North Africa: Implications for Gender Relations and Women's Activism, Think Development, Warwick Interdisciplinary Research Centre for International Development, 13 July 2020.

Essential Readings: Politics and Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative,, 27 May 2020.

With Dina Rezk. Egypt's Bitter Legacy: When Society Condones State Violence, The Globe Post, 14 August 2019

With Dina Rezk, ‘Securitizing the Muslim Brotherhood, Legitimizing State Violence and Renewing Authoritarianism in post-Arab Spring Egypt’, Security Dialogue blog, 14 March 2019.

'How the West Undermined Women's Rights in the Arab World', podcast of lecture at LSE, 20 January 2016.

'How the West Undermined Women's Rights in the Arab World', (article summarizing lecture), Jadaliyya, 25 January 2016.

'New Texts Out Now: Maha El Said, Lena Meari and Nicola Pratt, Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance',, 5 August 2015.

'A History of Women's Activism in Jordan: 1946-1989',, 23 May 2015.

'A History of Women's Activism in Jordan: 1946-1989', public lecture at the British Institute in Amman, 19 May 2015.

'Gendered Paradoxes of Egypt's Transition', openDemocracy, 2 February 2015.

Briefing: Egyptian Universities on the Frontline of Protests, Egypt Solidarity Initiative, 11 May 2014.

Egypt: The Revolution Continues, Politics Reconsidered, 25 January 2014.

'Ranking Violence against Arab Women Feeds Tired Stereotypes', The Conversation, 13 November 2013.

'Women and Girls in the "Arab Spring"', Warwick Knowledge Centre, June 2013.

'Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-Revolution, Orientalism, and "Authenticity"', Jadaliyya, 6 May 2013.

With Sophie Richter-Devroe, 'Women, peace and security: new conceptual challenges and opportunities', Policy Brief for the Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, 12 March 2013.

‘Settler Colonialism, Normalization, and Resistance at the Zionist Borders’, Jadaliyya, 12 June 2012.

'Bringing the Revolution to Campus: An Interview with March 9 Activist Laila Soueif', Jadaliyya, 10 May 2012.

'Iraqi Women and UNSCR 1325: An Interview with Sundus Abbas, Director of the Iraqi Women's Leadership Institute, Baghdad', International Feminist Journal of Politics 13: 4, 2011, pp. 612-615.

'Debating the Future of the Arab Revolutions in Cairo: Democracy, Imperialism and Neoliberalism', Jadaliyya, 29 June 2011.

With Nadje Al-Ali, 'Conspiracy of Near Silence: Violence against Iraqi Women', Middle East Report, 258, Spring 2011, pp. 34-37, 48.

With Nadje Al-Ali, 'Women in Iraq: beyond the rhetoric', Middle East Report, 239, Summer 2006, pp. 18-23.

‘Gendering Political Reconstruction in Iraq’, UEA Papers in European and International Studies, WP 3/2005, 27 pp.

Egypt Harasses Human Rights Activists, Middle East Report Online, 17 August 2000.

Book Reviews

Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War by Cynthia Enloe (Reviewed for The Middle East Journal, winter 2011)

The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran by Arzoo Osanloo (Reviewed for Journal of Gender Studies, December 2010)

Militarization and Violence against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: A Palestinian Case Study by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Reviewed for International Journal of Human Rights, 2010)

‘Brothers’ or Others: Propriety and Gender for Muslim Arab Sudanese in Egypt, by Anita H. Fabos (Reviewed for African Affairs, July 2009)