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Major Positions

Senior Fellow at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University.
Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Historian of the Middle East.
Specialist in Gender Studies.

Major Accomplishments

Dr. Margot Badran is an academic, public intellectual, and consultant with a focus on women and gender in the Middle East and Islamic world. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. As one of the founders of women’s and feminist studies, Badran has combined activism with academic pursuit. She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, as well as a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Badran has taught at several universities, and her scholarly production draws on literature, archival research, and on-the-ground investigation.

Badran has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Fulbright Commission, the Social Science Research Council, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the American Research Center in Egypt, among others. Her writing on women, gender, culture, and feminism has been translated into eight languages. She published a monograph about the rise of feminist consciousness and organized feminist activism in Egypt, entitled Feminists, Islam, and Nation: Gender and the Making of Modern Egypt (1996).

Among the first to write on Islamic feminism, Badran published Feminism in Islam: Secular and Religious Convergences (2009), analyzing intersections of secular and religious discourse. Her articles have most recently addressed the Egyptian revolution of 2011. She recently co-authored “Women Marching for Revolution in Egypt: A Participatory Journal,” in the publication Women Rising: Resistance, Revolution, and Reform in the Arab Spring and Beyond edited by Mounira Charrad, and Rita Stephan (forthcoming 2019). She has also authored “Creative Disobedience, Feminism, Islam, and Revolution in Egypt” in the publication Women’s Movements in Post ‘Arab Spring’ North Africa edited by Fatima Mernissi, as well as a number of articles on art and revolution. Badran has also published in print and online media outlets including Al Ahram Weekly and Ahram Online, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The International Herald Tribune, The Gulf Times, The Kuwait Times, and others.

As a consultant on development, gender, and culture, Badran has worked in multiple sectors: education, community development, health, water supply and sanitation mostly dealing with the rural poor, migrants to urban areas, and disadvantaged women, as well as on security and bilateral and multilateral aid.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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