Amr Leheta

Ph.D. Student


Prior to joining Cornell University's Department of Near Eastern Studies as a PhD student, I was a research associate for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, DC, from September 2014 to April 2018. There, I worked on numerous research projects related to U.S.-Middle East foreign policy, with a particular focus on Egypt and Turkey, as well as Middle Eastern history, politics, and society. As an undergraduate and then an MA student, my research interests primarily spanned issues within the field of Middle Eastern history but also international relations and political science, covering questions on modernity, state- and nation-building, Islamic modernism and political secularism, and the challenges of democratization. As a doctoral student, I hope to take a closer look at the history of the mid-twentieth-century Middle East, particularly Egypt in its first postcolonial years.

committee members

Ziad Fahmy (Chair)

Research Focus

Modern Middle Eastern History; Modern Arab and Islamic Thought; Nationalism and Identity; Egypt