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Atia, Mona

Associate Professor, Geography and International Affairs
George Washington University


Mona Atia is Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the George Washington University. She is a critical development geographer whose areas of expertise include Islamic charity and finance, philanthropy and humanitarianism, housing/urban development, the production of poverty knowledge and the spatial politics of marginalization. She is author of Building a House in Heaven: Pious Neoliberalism and Islamic Charity in Egypt (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). Her work has also appeared in the Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Social and Cultural Geography, the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, and Middle East Report. She currently holds an NSF CAREER award for a project that examines the production, use and impact of poverty mapping in Morocco, France and Egypt. She is also engaged in a collaborative project with Said Samlali examining slum-dweller responses to the Moroccan “City Without Slums” Program, a project supported by the Arab Council of Social Sciences.

DISCIPLINE
Geography
SUB AREAS
Development   
Urban Studies   
Ethnography   
Political Economy   
Transnationalism   
AREAS OF INTEREST
Egypt   
Islamic World   
Arab States   
Morocco   
SPECIALTIES
slums   
Philanthropy   
poverty   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Advanced)   
French (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD2008GeographyUniversity of Washington
MSci2002Cities, Space and SocietyLondon School of Economics
BS2001Business AdministrationUC Berkeley
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