Laura Bier

Associate Professor of History

Member Of:
  • School of History and Sociology
  • Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center
Office Location: Old CE Building 106
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Dr. Laura Bier is an Associate Professor in the School of History and Sociology whose research focuses on the social and cultural history of Egypt in the last half of the 20th century with a particular emphasis on gender history She received her PhD from New York University in History and Middle East Studies. She has been the recipient of a number of grants, including a Fulbright and a Fulbright-Hays for her research on gender and state socialism in Egypt. Her work has appeared in the journals Feminist Studies and Gender and History and in edited collections on the family in the Middle East and on the Bandung Conference. Her book Revolutionary Womanhood: Feminisms, Modernity and the State in Nasser's Egypt was published by Stanford University Press in 2011. Her current research interests include women in the Arab Spring, the history of domestic technology in Egypt and food history.



Research Fields:
  • Global Cities and Urban Society
  • Modern Global History/Science, Technology, and Nationalism
  • Middle East
  • Gender


  • HTS-2040: Hist Islamic Societies
  • HTS-2041: Hist-Modern Middle East
  • HTS-2101: Research Methods
  • HTS-3016: Women & Gender in U.S.
  • HTS-3051: Women&Gender-Middle East
  • HTS-3065: Hist Global Societies
  • HTS-4061: Seminar in Asian History
  • HTS-4091: Seminar Global Issues
  • HTS-4814: Special Topics
  • HTS-6104: Global History
  • HTS-6110: Gender,Science & Tech