A graduate of the University of Naples ‘L'Orientale', he is currently a senior lecturer in History and Politics of the Middle East and North Africa in Roma Tre University. Prior to this, he taught at the British University in Egypt (BUE) in Cairo (2011-16), and he was the Director of the Centre for Middle East and North African Studies at Sydney's Macquarie University (Australia) from 2009 to 2011. His research interests include: secularism and Marxism in the Arab world, the political role of Arab intellectuals, the politics of the Arab media, and civic activism and social and protest movements in the Arab World (especially Egypt, Palestine and Morocco).
His latest monograph is al-Haraka al-Markisiyya fi Misr 1967-1981 (The Marxist Movement in Egypt 1967-81; Cairo 2010), and more recently he has co-edited the volume Informal Power in the Greater Middle East: Hidden Geographies (London, 2014 & 2016).
personal page: http://www.uniroma3.it
Egypt from Revolution to Revolution (1952-2011)
This course focuses on contemporary Egyptian politics and history, analysed within the wider Arab context, from 1952 until 2011. After a short introduction on the so-called 'Liberal period' (1922-1952), the course looks at post-1952 Egypt, analysing the regimes created by Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak. Finally, it investigates the major causes behind the ’18 days Uprising’ of 2011.