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Sunday, James H.

Political Science
American University in Cairo


James H. Sunday is assistant professor of methods with an emphasis on comparative politics in the Department of Political Science (POLS) at The American University in Cairo (AUC). In that capacity, he is also program director, overseeing the joint MA program in Comparative and Middle East Politics and Society (CMEPS) between AUC and the Institute of Political Science at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Prior to this appointment, Sunday was a part-time lecturer in 2012, then served as a research assistant professor from 2013 to 2016. Sunday received his BA in politics and medieval studies from the University of Virginia, followed by his MA in Political Science from AUC. He then earned his PhD in politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London. At AUC, Sunday teaches undergraduate/graduate courses and frequently supervises MA theses both in Cairo and in Tübingen. In addition to teaching, he also serves on the POLS Graduate Committee, the AUC Graduate Advisory Council, and the Community Standards Committee representing the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HUSS). Sunday has presented his research and analyses in multiple international conferences and has also provided commentary for a number of news agencies, amongst them the Washington Post (US), Tahrir TV (Egypt), and Egyptian state television. Sunday's current research focuses on state-society relations in Egypt, in which he takes an ethnographic approach to revisit conceptions of participation amongst youth in new popular (sha?bi) quarters of Greater Cairo. As such, his interests span Middle East politics and economy, including urban and everyday politics, resistance and mobilization, informal networks, participation, subject formation, neoliberal governmentality, as well as theories of power.

DISCIPLINE
Political Science
SUB AREAS
Ethnography   
Urban Studies   
Cultural Studies   
Modern   
Middle East/Near East Studies   
Comparative   
Theory   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Maghreb   
Egypt   
All Middle East   
SPECIALTIES
Political Ethnography   
Critical Theory   
State-Society Relations   
LANGUAGES
English (Native)   
Arabic (Fluent)   
German (Intermediate)   
Spanish (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2014PoliticsSOAS, University of London
MA2008Comparative PoliticsAmerican University in Cairo
BA2004Politics, Medieval StudiesUniversity of Virginia
ABSTRACTS ACCEPTED AT MESA MEETINGS SINCE 2009
Making Space: Taking Part in the Everyday Politics of Cairo’s Popular Quarters (2017)   
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James H. Sunday






American University in Cairo
Department of Political Science
420 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor
New York, NY
10018-2729
United States
Phone:+20226151939
sunday@aucegypt.edu

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