Dina BisharaAssistant Professor, International and Comparative Labor
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 or are forthcoming 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.
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.
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.
- Dina Bishara. 2020. Precarious Collective Action: Unemployed Graduates Associations in the Middle East and North Africa, Comparative Politics . 53(3):453-476. (DOI:https://doi.org/10.5129/001041521X15960715659660)
- Dina Bishara. 2020. Legacy Trade Unions as Brokers of Democratization? Lessons from Tunisia, Comparative Politics . 52(2):173-195. (DOI:https://doi.org/10.5129/001041520X15657305839654)
- Dina Bishara. 2015. The politics of ignoring: Protest dynamics in late Mubarak Egypt, Perspectives on Politics . 13(4):958--975. (DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S153759271500225X)
- Holger Albrecht, Dina Bishara. 2011. Back on horseback: The military and political transformation in Egypt, Middle East Law and Governance . 3(1-2):13--23. (DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/187633711X591396)
- Dina Bishara. 2018. Contesting Authoritarianism: Labor Challenges to the State in Egypt. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
- 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)
- 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)
- 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
- SERMEISS 2019 Book Prize, Honorable Mention, Southeast Regional Middle East and Islamic Studies Society. 2019