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Hannah Elsisi

Hannah Elsisi is a social and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Oxford and is a junior research fellow at Pembroke College University of Cambridge and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Before that she was the lecturer in Modern Middle East History at King’s College London. Her research charts the history of imprisonment, repression, and torture in Modern Egypt. For this work, she was awarded the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award by the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) in 2020 and the Leigh Douglas Memorial Award by the British Society for Middle East Studies (BRISMES) in 2021. She is wrapping up that research project with two forthcoming books, Lovers in the Citadel: Prisons and Other Architectures of Subjection in Egypt and an anthology, Behind the Sun: Prison Writing in an Egyptian Century.


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