Frances S. Hasso is Associate Professor in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke. She holds secondary appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Department of History. She is affiliated with the Duke Islamic Studies Center and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center. Professor Hasso is an Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. She joined the Duke faculty in 2010 after 10 years as a faculty member at Oberlin College. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections between transnational dynamics, states, social movements, and subjectivities and identities, especially in the Arab world. Her research is currently focused on the connections between spatiality and gendered and sexual embodiments.
In 2016, she published with Zakia Salime Freedom without Permission: Bodies and Space in the Arab Revolutions (Duke University Press). Recent publications also include “Civil and the Limits of Politics in Revolutionary Egypt,” in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (Vol. 35:3, 2015), as well as “Bargaining with the Devil: States and Intimate Life,” in the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (Vol. 10:2, 2014). Her 2011 monograph, Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East (Stanford University Press 2011), won a 2011 Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice Magazine. She is author of Resistance, Repression and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan (Syracuse University Press). She is working on a number of projects on gender in post-revolutionary Egypt and developing an archive-based research project on Palestinian death and birth in Mandate Palestine.