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Frances S. Hasso, Professor of Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies

Frances S. Hasso

I am a Professor in the Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies at Duke University with secondary appointments in the Department of History and Department of Sociology.  I taught in and directed the International Comparative Studies Program at Duke from 2010-2015 and was a member of the Oberlin College faculty from 2000-2010. I am Editor Emerita (2015-2018) of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies. I have been a National Humanities Center fellow, an ACOR fellow, a Rockefeller fellow, and an SSRC/ACLS fellow. My research has additionally been supported by the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Woodrow Wilson National National Fellowship Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Palestinian American Research Center, the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (Leiden), The Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment, and Duke Arts & Sciences Faculty Committee Research Grants. My latest book, Buried in the Red Dirt: Race, Reproduction and Death in Modern Palestine, is released from Cambridge University Press as a Creative Commons Open Access monograph. Many of my publications are accessible open access through my personal website https://franceshasso.net/publications/. I can be reached at fsh5@duke.edu.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  118 East Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-5097
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  http://franceshasso.net

Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • GSF 499S.01, SENIOR SEMINAR (TOP) Synopsis
    West Duke 212, W 03:20 PM-05:50 PM
Office Hours:

By appointment on weekdays.

Ph.D.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1997

Gender Studies
Transnational Studies
Research Interests: social movements, states, gender, sexuality, Arab world, Middle East, Islam

My research has focused on the intersections between states, social movements, and individual subjectivities and identities, especially in the Arab world. My first book, Resistance, Repression, and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan, found and explained different social change strategies, and cultural and gender politics, in the Jordan and Occupied Territories branches of a Palestinian nationalist organization and its affiliated women’s organization. My latest book, Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East, focuses on the rise of new sexual and marital subjectivities and practices among Sunni Muslims, especially in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt. I am increasingly interested in critical and feminist geographical approaches, particularly as they can be applied to revolutionary and counterrevolutionary dynamics in the Arab world. I co-organized a workshop and am currently working on a book project titled "Geographies of Gender in the Arab Revolutions." I am also working on a book length research project: "'Civil' and 'Space' as Fields of Meaning and Practice in Post-Revolutionary Egypt." My research has been funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the Palestinian American Research Center, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, and the Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (Leiden), among others. I am active in the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the American Sociological Association. In the ASA, I co-founded the Caucus on Transnational Approaches to Gender and Sexuality in 1999 and in 2008-2010 was an elected member of the Sally Hacker Graduate Student Paper Award Committee of the Sex and Gender Section. Beginning in 2014, I will be co-editing the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies for a 4-year period. See my personal website for publications and other information.


Bodies • Gender • Martyrdom • Masculinity • Palestine • Social movements

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. F.S. Hasso, Alternative Worlds at the 2013 World Social Forum in Tunis, Jadaliyya (April, 2013) [alternative-worlds-at-the-2013-world-social-forum-]
  2. Hasso, FS, Consuming Desires: Family Crisis and the State in the Middle East (2011), Stanford University Press  [abs]
  3. Hasso, FS, Empowering governmentalities rather than women: The Arab Human Development Report 2005 and western development logics, International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 41 no. 1 (May, 2009), pp. 63-82, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0020-7438 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Hasso, FS, 'Culture Knowledge' and the Violence of Imperialism: Revisiting The Arab Mind, Mit Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 7 no. Spring (Spring, 2007), pp. 24-40 [pdf]
  5. Hasso, FS, Discursive and political deployments by/of the 2002 Palestinian women suicide bombers/martyrs, Feminist Review, vol. 81 no. 81 (November, 2005), pp. 23-51, Springer Nature, ISSN 0141-7789 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  6. Hasso, FS, Resistance, Repression and Gender Politics in Occupied Palestine and Jordan (2005), Syracuse University Press, ISBN 9781684450237  [abs]

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