Topics of Interest:
Gender Norms, Gender Identities, Gendered Agency, Gender-Class-Race-Sexuality Intersections, Feminism, Social Reproduction, Family/Household, Political Economy of Neoliberalism, State Regulation of Gender, Family Law, Employment, Workers’ Movements, Resistance, Violence, Conflict, Settler Colonialism
Countries/Regions of Interest:
Arab World, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine,
List of Publications
Books and Edited Volumes:
(2015), Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World, with Maha El-Said, Lena Meari, eds. London: Zed Books.
(2013) Gender, Governance and International Security. London: Routledge, co-edited with Sophie Richter-Devroe.
(2009), What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq, Berkeley: University of California Press, co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali.
(2009), Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives. London: Zed Books, co-edited with Nadje Al-Ali.
(2007), Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Arab World, Boulder: Lynne Rienner.
(2013), ‘Reconceptualizing Gender, Reinscribing Racial-Sexual Boundaries in International Security: The Case of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security’, International Studies Quarterly, vol. 57, iss. 4: 772-783.
(2013), ‘Settler Colonialism in the Midst of Geopolitical Upheavals: Israel, Palestine and the “Arab Spring”’, Ortadogu Etutleri (Middle East Studies), vol 5, no 1: 9-40.
(2012), ‘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 vol. 33, no. 10: 1821-1836.
(2011), ‘Introduction’, special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics on ‘Critically Evaluating UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security’, vol 13, no. 4: 489-503 (with Sophie Richter-Devroe).
(2011), ‘Between Nation and Women’s Rights: The Kurdish Women’s Movement in Iraq’, Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication vol. 4, no. 3: 339-355 (with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2008), ‘Women’s Organizing and the Conflict in Iraq since 2003’, Feminist Review, issue 88, spring, pp. 74–85 (with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2007), ‘The Queen Boat Case in Egypt: Sexuality, National Security and State Sovereignty’, Review of International Studies, 33, January, pp. 129–144.
(2006), ‘Researching Women in Post-invasion Iraq: Negotiating “Truths” and Deconstructing Dominant Discourses’, Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies (BRIIFS), vol. 8, nos. 1 & 2, pp. 193-214 (with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2005), ‘Identity, Culture and Democratisation: The Case of Egypt’, New Political Science, vol. 27, no. 1, March, pp. 69–86.
(2004), ‘Bringing Politics Back In: Examining the Link between Globalization and Democratization’, Review of International Political Economy, vol. 11, no. 2, May, pp. 311–336.
(2004), ‘Understanding Political Transformation in Egypt’, Journal of Mediterranean Studies, vol. 14, no. 1/2, pp. 237–262.
(2000/2001), ‘Maintaining the Moral Economy: Egyptian State–Labor Relations in an Era of Economic Liberalization’, Arab Studies Journal 8:2/9:1, fall/spring, pp. 111–29.
Edited Special Issues of Journals:
(2011), ‘Critically Evaluating UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security’, special issue of International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 490-647. (Co-edited with Sophie Richter-Devroe).
Chapters & Other Articles:
(2015), ‘Democracy or Authoritarianism in Egypt after the 25 January Revolution?’ in Reem Abu el-Fadl, ed. Revolutionary Egypt, London: Routledge.
(forthcoming 2015), with Nadje Al-Ali, ‘Gender, Protest and Political Transition in the Middle East and North Africa in a Handbook of Gender in International Relations, edited by Jill Steans and Daniela Tepe, Edward Elgar.
(forthcoming 2016), with Nadje Al-Ali, ‘Iraq’ in Studying Women, Violence & War: Shifting Perspectives, Annick Wibben, ed. London: Routledge.
(2014) ‘Egyptian Universities on the Frontline of Protest’, briefing for Egypt Solidarity Campaign, April 2014, https://egyptsolidarityinitiative.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/es-pamphlet-for-web.pdf
(2014), ‘Political-Social Movements: Community-Based: Arab World’, Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, edited by Suad Joseph, Brill Online.
(2014), ‘Iraq’s Triple Challenge: State, Nation, and Democracy’, in Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall & Lise Rakner, eds. Politics in the Developing World, Oxford: OUP, revised for 4th edition, co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali, pp. 327-335.
(2013). ‘Feminist Engagement with the “War on Terror”’, Conversations Section, Critical Terrorism Studies, co-edited with Katherine Alison.
(2013) (with Sophie Richter-Devroe), ‘Women, peace and security: new conceptual challenges and opportunities’, Norwegian Peacebuilding Resource Centre, Policy Brief, February, http://www.peacebuilding.no/Themes/Inclusivity-and-gender/Publications/Women-peace-and-security-new-conceptual-challenges-and-opportunities
(2011). ‘Iraqi Women and UNSCR 1325: An Interview with Sundus Abbas, Director of the Iraqi Women’s Leadership Institute, Baghdad’, International Feminist Journal of Politics, vol. 13, no. 4: 612-615.
(2011), ‘Conspiracy of Near Silence: Violence against Iraqi Women’, in Middle East Report, spring, pp. 34-37 + 48. (Co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali). Reprinted as part of Brown University’s Costs of War Project: http://costsofwar.org/article/did-wars-liberate-afghan-and-iraqi-women).
(2010), ‘Iraq’s Triple Challenge: State, Nation, and Democracy’, in Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall 7 Lise Rakner, eds. Politics in the Developing World, Oxford: OUP, pp. 406-416. (Co-authored with with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2009), ‘Introduction’, in Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives, co-edited by N. Al-Ali and N. Pratt, London: Zed, pp. 1-31. (Co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2009), ‘Conclusion’, in Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives, co-edited by N. Al-Ali and N. Pratt, London: Zed, pp. 253-269. (Co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2009), ‘The United States, the Iraqi Women’s Diaspora and Women’s “Empowerment” in Iraq’, in Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives, co-edited by N. Al-Ali and N. Pratt, London: Zed, pp. 65-98. (Co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2006), ‘Women in Iraq: Beyond the Rhetoric’, Middle East Report, no. 239, summer, pp. 18–23. (Co-authored with Nadje Al-Ali).
(2006), “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, pp. 114–126.
(2006), “Informal enterprise and street trading – a governance and civil society perspective” in Alison Brown, ed. Contested Space: Street trading, public space and sustainable livelihoods in developing cities, ITDG publishers.
(2004), “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, pp. 167–196.
(2015), ‘A History of Women’s Activism in Jordan, 1946-1989’, 7iber.com, 26 May http://www.7iber.com/society/a-history-of-womens-activism-in-jordan-1946-1989/
(2015), ‘Gendered Paradoxes of Egypt’s Transition’, openDemocracy, 2 February, https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/nicola-pratt/gendered-paradoxes-of-egypt’s-transition
(2015), BDS: Myths and Realities, Jadaliyya, 4 February, http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/20760/boycott-divestment-sanctions_myths-and-realities
(2014), Why We Should Speak Out Against University Monitoring of Non-EU Students, Politics Reconsidered, 6 April, http://politicsreconsidered.net/2014/04/06/against-monitoring-non-eu-students/
(2014), ‘Egypt: The Revolution Continues’, Politics@Warwick, 25 January, http://politicsatwarwick.net/2014/01/25/egypt-continues/
(2013), ‘Ranking Violence Against Arab Women Feeds Tired Stereotypes’, The Conversation, 13 November, http://theconversation.com/ranking-violence-against-arab-women-feeds-tired-stereotypes-20173
(2013). ‘Women, Girls and the “Arab Spring”’, Warwick Knowledge Centre, http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/knowledge/culture/womengirlsthearabspring/#at_pco=cfd-1.0 May.
(2013). ‘Egyptian Women: Between Revolution, Counter-revolution, Orientalism and “Authenticity”’, Jadaliyya.com, http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/11559/egyptian-women_between-revolution-counter-revoluti 6 May.
(2012). ‘Settler Colonialism, Normalization, and Resistance at the Zionist Borders’, Jadaliyya, (http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/5980/settler-colonialism-normalization-and-resistance-a), 12 June.
(2012). ‘Bringing the Revolution to Campus: An Interview with March 9 Activist Laila Soueif’, Jadaliyya (http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/5457/bringing-the-revolution-to-campus_an-interview-wit), 10 May.
(2011), 'Debating the Future of the Arab Revolutions in Cairo: Democracy, Imperialism and Neoliberalism', Jadaliyya (http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/2011/debating-the-future-of-the-arab-revolutions-in-cai ), 29 June.
Academic Paper Series:
“Gendering Political Reconstruction in Iraq”, UEA Papers in European and International Studies, WP 3/2005, 27 pp.
“The Legacy of the Corporatist State: Explaining Workers’ Responses to Economic Liberalisation in Egypt”, Durham Middle East Papers, no. 60, Nov 1998, 83 pp.
Performing Gender, Nation and Modernity: Women’s Activism in Postcolonial Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan, research monograph under contract with University of California Press.
‘Crises of Social Reproduction, the Gendered Political Economy of Neoliberal Authoritarianism and the “Arab Spring”’, for submission to Review of International Political Economy.
‘Girl Power? Women, US Foreign Policy and International Relations’, for submission to Review of International Studies.
‘Gender, Security and President El-Sisi of Egypt’, co-authored with Dina Rezk, for submission to Security Dialogue.
(2011), ‘Palestinian Women and the Right to Rights’, review article in The International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 15, no. 8, pp. 1378-1382.
(2011) Review of Cynthia Enloe, Nimo’s War, Emma’s War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War, The Middle East Journal, Vol 65, No. 1, Winter, pp. 148-149.
(2010) Review of Arzoo Osanloo, The Politics of Women’s Rights in Iran, Journal of Gender Studies, Vol. 19, No. 4, December, 403–419
(2009) Review of Anita Fabos, Brothers of Others? Propriety and Gender for Muslim Arab Sudanese in Cairo, African Affairs, Vol 108, Iss 433, 699-700.
(2009) Review of Yasmin Husein Al-Jawaheri, Women in Iraq: The Gender Impact of International Sanctions, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, spring.
(2007) Review of Joseph Massad, Desiring Arabs, Times Higher Education Supplement, June.
(2006) Review of Boyan Belev, Forcing Freedom: Political Control of Privatization and Economic Opening in Egypt and Tunisia, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, vol. 40, no. 1, June, pp.112–113.
Nicola Pratt is Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East, University of Warwick, UK. Before arriving to Warwick in 2009, she was lecturer in comparative politics and international relations at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK (2004-2009) and a research fellow at the University of Birmingham (2001-2004). She has a MA and PhD in Middle East politics (both from the University of Exeter). In general, she is interested in studying ‘politics from below’ through qualitative methods and drawing on non-orthodox theoretical frameworks. She enjoys collaborating with like-minded scholars and also tries to create a healthy dialectic between her scholarship and her activism in the anti-war and Palestine solidarity movements. As a student, she focused her work on Egypt, with a particular interest in historical sociological and Gramscian frameworks. Her MA dissertation (1997) examined the responses of Egyptian workers to privatization in the 1990s, and her PhD (2002) explored the relationship between globalization and authoritarianism through the case study of regime-civil society relations in Egypt. During her PhD, she began exploring (postcolonial) feminist approaches to politics, writing about the 2001 ‘Queen Boat Case’ in Egypt and then working with Nadje al-Ali (SOAS) on a 3-year project examining the impact of the 2003 invasion of Iraq on women and gender relations there, resulting in What Kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (University of California Press, 2009). As a result of this project, as well as her involvement in the UK anti-war movement and the UK branch of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, she began researching and writing on the gendered dimensions of the so-called War on Terror, including articles in International Studies Quarterly and Third World Quarterly. From 2010 to 2013, she co-directed a research network with Islah Jad, Institute of Women’s Studies, Birzeit University, entitled, ‘Reconceptualizing Gender: Transnational Perspectives,’ which culminated in an international workshop in July 2013, ‘Rethinking Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons from the Arab World.’ Out of this workshop, she co-edited a volume, of the same name, with Maha Elsaid (Cairo University) and Lena Meari (Birzeit University) (published in May 2015). The problematic Western narratives about women and gender that emerged with the 2011 Arab uprisings has led her to examine more closely the modalities of women’s activism over a longer time period and in 2013 she was awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship to examine women’s activism in Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan, from independence until the Arab uprisings, which she is currently writing up into a monograph. Simultaneously, she has begun exploring ways to understand the (re)production of gender norms and relations in the Arab world through feminist approaches to political economy, which is why she is so excited to join the Political Economy Project.