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Farha Ghannam

Professor of Anthropology, Chair

Sociology & Anthropology


  2. Phone: (610) 328-8104
  3. Kohlberg 240
  4. Office Hours:

    Tuesdays 2:45- 4:00 pm, by appointment 
    Wednesdays 10:30- Noon, by appointment


Farha Ghannam


Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997

M.A. in Social Anthropology, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1988.

B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication (graduation with honor), Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1984.

Selected Publications and Activities

Ghannam, Farha "Technologies of Immortality, ‘Good Endings’, and Martyrdom in Urban Egypt," Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, Volume 80, Issue 5, 2015.

Live and Die Like a Man: Gender Dynamics in Urban Egypt,  Stanford University Press, 2013.

"Mobility, liminality, and embodiment in Urban Egypt," American Ethnologist, vol. 38, 4, Nov., 2011. 

"Meanings and Feelings: Local interpretations of the use of violence in the Egyptian revolution," American Ethnologist, vol. 39, no. 1, 2012.

Remaking the Modern: Space, Relocation, and the Politics of Identity in a Global Cairo. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2002.

Co-editor (with Hania Sholkamy) Health and Identity in Egypt. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press, 2004.

"Re-Imagining the Global: Relocation and Local Identities in Cairo," The City Cultures Reader, ed. By Malcolm Miles, Tim Hall, and Iain Borden. London and New York: Routledge, 2000 (second edition, 2003).

"Keeping Him Connected: Labor Migration and the Production of Locality in Cairo, Egypt,"City and Society, 1999.

"The Visual Re-Making of Urban Space: Relocation and the Use of Public Housing in 'Moderní Cairo," Visual Anthropology, Vol. 10, 1998.

Teaching and Research Interests

Globalization/transnationalism; spatial practices: urban anthropology; gender inequalities; anthropology of the body; food and culture, anthropological theories; history of ethnography; contemporary Islamic practices; religious identity; Middle East and North Africa, Egypt and Jordan.

Courses and Seminars Taught

  • Ethnography: Theory and Practice
  • Cultures of the Middle East
  • Islam in Global Context.
  • Gender and Sexuality in Islam
  • Comparative Perspectives on the Body
  • Globalization and the Production of Locality
  • Globalization and Culture
  • Urban Ethnographies
  • Cities, Spaces, and Power
  • Culture, Power, Islam

Farha Ghannam: Reflections on Masculinity and Violence in the Egyptian Revolution

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Farha Ghannam: Reflections on Masculinity and Violence in the Egyptian Revolution

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