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Dina Bishara
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Dina Bishara

Assistant Professor
Global Labor and Work (GLW)


Dina Bishara is Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Labor at Cornell University. Her research interests include authoritarianism, state-labor relations, social and protest movements, and transitions from authoritarian rule. Her book, Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt, has been published with Cambridge University Press (2018). Her articles have been published in Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Perspectives on Politics and Middle East Law and Governance. She has been awarded research fellowships from Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Teaching Statement

My teaching interests include social and protest movements, state labor relations, labor and employment in the Middle East and North Africa, authoritarianism, and Middle East politics. For more information, please visit my website:

Research Statement

My research explores various aspects of contentious politics under authoritarian rule. It is inspired by the day-to-day workings of authoritarian rule, and the ways in which seemingly stable authoritarian institutions begin to break down. My research interests include authoritarianism, social and protest movements, state-labor relations, and the mobilization of the unemployed.


Journal Articles


  • Dina Bishara. 2018. Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Book Chapters

  • Dina Bishara. 2012. The power of workers in Egypt's 2011 uprising. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press, 2012. Bahgat Korany and Rabab El-Mahdi. (83--104)

Book Reviews

  • Dina Bishara. . MOBILIZING WITHOUT THE MASSES: CONTROL AND CONTENTION IN CHINA., Diana Fu., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2018. 210 pp. $28.99 (paper).. in Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China. Governance, Wiley Online Library,
  • Dina Bishara. 2019. Kira D. Jumet, Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested during the Arab Spring (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018). Pp. 296. $29.95 paper. ISBN: 9780190688462. in Contesting the Repressive State: Why Ordinary Egyptians Protested during the Arab Spring. International Journal of Middle East Studies, Cambridge University Press, 2019. (513--514)

Professional Activities

  • Presented to Cornell University. Virtual. 2020.
  • Presented to 18th Annual Transatlantic Social Dialogue, Cornell University. 2020.
  • Protests in Time and Space: Generating Contention in Authoritarian Regimes. Presented to Yale University, Macmilian Center. Yale University. 2020.
  • Economic and Social Rights and the Arab Spring: Popular Mobilization in Tunisia. Presented to American Political Science Association . Washington, DC. 2019.
  • Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt. Presented to Harvard University . Cambridge, MA. 2019.

Honors and Awards

  • State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities , State University of New York.
  • Best Fieldwork, Middle East and North Africa Politics Section, American Political Science Association. 2022
  • SERMEISS 2019 Book Prize, Honorable Mention, Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society. 2019


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