Education
B.A. 1991: Magna Cum Laude
Middle Eastern and African History
Tel-Aviv University
Arabic Language Program 1995: Advanced Level
Middlebury College Language School
Ph.D. 1999: History & Middle East Studies
Harvard University
Advisor: Professor Roger Owen.
Readers: Professor Robert Tignor, Princeton University.
Professor Robert Vitalis, University of Pennsylvania.
 
Employment History
2011-2012 Visiting Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford University.
Summer 2010
Greenberg Middle East Scholar in Residence,
Skidmore College.
2007 - Senior Lecturer, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
2003 - 2007 Lecturer, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
2002-2003 Visiting Scholar, St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
1999-2002 Lecturer, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
1998-1999 Teaching Fellow, Department of History,
Harvard University.
1996-1999 Research Assistant, Professor Haggai Erlich,
Department of Middle Eastern & African History, Tel-Aviv University.
1995-1996 Teaching Fellow, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization,
Harvard University.
1994 Research Assistant, Professor I. Bernard Cohen,
Department of History of Science, Harvard University.
1991-1993 Research Assistant, Professor Israel Gershoni,
Department of Middle Eastern & African History, Tel-Aviv University.
1988-1990 Research Assistant, Professor Asher Susser,
Department of Middle Eastern & African History, Tel-Aviv University.



Professional Activities


(a) Positions in Academic Administration
 
2013- Member, Doctoral Committee, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, 
Ben-Gurion University.
2008-2011
Chair, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University.
2007-2009
Organizer, Economy and Society Studies, Department of Middle East Studies, 
Ben-Gurion University.
2006 -2011 Member, Advanced Degrees Committee, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University.
2004 -2007 Director, The International MA Program on Middle East Studies (MAPMES),
Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University.
2000-2002, 2003 - Member, The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Council,
Ben-Gurion University.
1999 - 2002 Member, BA Studies Committee, Department of Middle East Studies,
Ben-Gurion University.

(b) Professional Functions Outside the University

2007 - 2008
Co-organizer, Discussion Group on the Economic History of the Middle East.
Organized jointly with Haggay Etkes, Department of Economics, Hebrew University.
2004 - 2006 Member, Executive Committee of the Israeli Oriental Society.


(c) Professional Consulting
   
Organization of Conferences and Workshops
2011
Panel co-organizer, “Urban politics of mass consumption in Egypt and Saudi Arabia.” Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington DC.
2010

Panel co-organizer, “Regulation of Commodities: A Historical Perspective.” The Annual Meeting of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel.” Ben-Gurion University.

2009
Co-organizer, “The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States Today: Society, Politics and Economy.” An international workshop organized jointly with Muhammad al-Atawneh. The Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University.
2007 Co-organizer, "Between Society and the Market: Novel Approaches to the Business History of the Middle East." An international workshop at The Eighth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence, March 2007. Organized jointly with Andrew Godley, director of the Centre for International Business History, University of Reading, UK.
2006 Member of the organizing committee, the 31th meeting of the Israeli Historical Society.
2005 Organizer of a panel, "Commerce and Culture in Egypt: Synergies, Contradictions, and the Creation of Local Meaning." Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Washington DC.
2005 Co-organizer, "The Middle Eastern Path to Development: A Conversation with Business History and Regional Studies." An international workshop organized jointly with Andrew Godley, director of the Centre for International Business History, University of Reading, England.
2004 Co-organizer, "Cities in the Middle East-History, Representation, and Politics." An international workshop organized jointly with Haim Yacobi, Politics and Government, Ben-Gurion University. The Herzog Center, Ben-Gurion University.
2000 - Member of the Organizing Committee, the yearly meeting of the Israeli Oriental Society.
2000 - 2001 Organizer, The Seventh BGU International Workshop: "Considering Consumption, Production, and the Market in the Constitution of Meaning in the Middle East and beyond." Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University.
1998 Co-organizer of a Panel, "New Commodifications: Translating and Circulating the Household in Modern Egypt."Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). Chicago, USA.

Manuscript Reviewer: Routledge (2013), Journal of Macromarketing (2011), Hamizrah Hahadash (2011), International Journal of Middle East Studies (2010, 2011, 2012), Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies (2010), Enterprise and Society (2009), Bar-Ilan University Press (2007), Yad Ben-Zvi Press (2006), Open University (2004), Pe’amim (2003).

Grant Reviewer: Israel Science Foundation (2005, 2010).
Member of the Professional Committee on the History of the Middle East: Israel Science Foundation.

(d) Editor or Member of Editorial Board of Scientific or Professional Journal
2004 - 2006 Associate Editor, Hagar: Studies in Culture, Polity, and Identity.
2000 - 2004 Scientific Editor, Jama'a: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of the Middle East (in Hebrew).
2003 - 2006 Member of the Editorial Board, Hagar.
1997 - 1998 Member of the Editorial Board, Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, Harvard University.


Educational Activities

(a) Courses Taught
 
See: Courses  

(b) Research Students
Aviad Moreno, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Middle East Studies.

Ben Zarhi, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Middle East Studies.

David Ravel, M.A. candidate, Department of Middle East Studies.
Muhammad Mahagana, M.A. candidate, Department of Middle East Studies.
Adi Markovitch, M.A. candidate, Department of Middle East Studies.

Graduated
Sharon Mafzir, Ph.D., Department of Middle East Studies (2013). Jointly supervised with Haggai Ram, Department of Middle East Studies.
Ben Zarhi, MA, Department of Middle East Studies (2013).
Idan Lahav, MA, Department of Middle East Studies (2012). 
Asher Orkaby, MA, Department of Middle East Studies (2010).
Arielle Kandel, MA, Department of Middle East Studies (2010).
Lior Sternfeld, MA, Department of Middle East Studies. Jointly supervised with Haggai Ram, Department of Middle East Studies (2009).
Emilie K. LeFebvre-Elimelech, MA, Department of Middle East Studies. Jointly supervised with Henriette Dahan-Kalev, Director of Gender Studies Program (2008).
Erela Portugali, MA, Department of Middle East Studies. Jointly supervised with Niv Gordon, Department of Politics and Government (2007).
Hagit Ezra, MA, Department of Middle East Studies. Jointly supervised with David Newman, Department of Politics and Government (2006).


Awards, Citations, Honors, Research Fellowships (See also Research Grants below)


(a) Awards, Citations, and Honors
2009
Best Article in a prize competition organized by the Ottoman Bank Archives and Research Centre, Turkey. Co-winner with Hilary Cooperman. (For article title see Publications).
2000 - 2006 Dr. Sam and Edna Lemkin Career Development Chair in Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University.
1997 CMES Dissertation Research Grant, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
1995 Mellon Language Study Grant, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University.
1993 - 1994 Fulbright-Hays, Mutual Educational Exchange Grant, The United States and Israeli Governments.
1992 Aranne Scholarship, Graduate School of History, Tel-Aviv University.


(b) Fellowships
2000 Israeli Junior Research Fellowship for the Academic Year 2002-2003, St. Antony's College, Oxford University. Project: Completion of book manuscript. Amount: $30,000.
1999 The Harry S. Truman Research Institute, Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University (declined upon receiving an appointment at BGU).



Lectures and Presentations (see more under Seminars at Universities below)


(a) Presentation of Papers at Conferences/Meetings
 
September 2013
“CitizensConsumers of the Rentier State: Egypt and Saudi Arabia during the First Oil Boom (c. 19731983) and Since.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Deutschen Orientalistentag. Münster, Germany.
 
July 2013
“The Egyptian Cigarette: Technology Transfer during the First Era of Modern Globalization.” Paper presented at the conference Tobacco Roads: Technology Transfer in Tobacco Industry during the Early Twentieth Century. Kavala, Greece.
 
May 2012
“Catch-up Consumers: The Middle East and China in Historical Perspective.” A joint seminar with Karl Gerth. Trinity College, University of Oxford.
 
April 2012
“From Arab Spring to Sustainable Consumption? A historical Perspective.” Invited presentation at the Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester.
 
April 2012
“'Arab Spring' or 'Bread Riots'? A View on Current Events from a Material Perspective.” Invited presentation at Ca' Foscari University, Italy.
 
December 2011
“Catch-up Material Culture: Market Anxieties in the Making of Neo-Conservative Saudi Socio-Politics during the First Oil Boom.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, USA.
 
November 2011  
"’Arab Spring’ or 'Bread Riots'? A View on Current Events from a Material Perspective." Invited presentation at the Queen’s University’s Bader International Study Centre, UK.
 
October 2011
“Catch-up Consumer Societies: Egypt and Saudi Arabia since the first oil boom.” Paper presented at the “Birmingham Modern and Contemporary History Seminar. University of Birmingham, UK.
 
June 2011
“Consumer Society, Civil Society and Saudi Socio-Politics since the 1970s.” Paper presented at the workshop “Potential and Limits of Civil Society in the Gulf Region.” Gulf Research Meeting 2011, Cambridge, UK.
 
October 2010
“Oil and the Remaking of the Modern Middle East.” Invited presentation at Union College, Schenectady, New York, USA.  
 
September 2010
“Consumerism and Islamism in the Middle East.” Greenberg Middle East Scholar in Residence Lecture, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA.
 

June 2010

“The Taste of State Virtue: Halal Foods and Governmentality in Saudi Arabia.” Paper presented at the international conference “Food, Power, and Meaning in the Middle East and the Mediterranean.” Ben-Gurion University.  

 

May 2010

“Localization through Regulation: Consumer Society and Neo-Conservatism in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Association of Israel.” Ben-Gurion University (in Hebrew).

 
November 2009
Localization through Regulation: Religious Virtue and the Development of Mass Consumer Society in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s.”  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Boston, USA.
 
August 2009
“The Cultural Economy of Development in Egypt: Economic Nationalism, Hidden Economy and the Emergence of Mass Consumer Society during Sadat’s infitah.“ Paper presented at the XVth Economic History Congress, Utrecht (The Netherlands). 
 
June 2009
“Consumers’ Monarchy: The Emergence of a Saudi Consumer Society during the First Oil Boom, 1974-1984.” Paper presented at the international conference “The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States Today: Society, Politics and Economy.” The Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University.
 
January 2009
“Branding the Consumers: Marketing and Leisure Culture in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.” Paper presented at the conference “Leisure Culture in Islamic Societies.” The Nehemia Levtzion Center for Islamic Studies, The Hebrew University, Israel (in Hebrew).
September 2008
“Consumers' Monarchy: Citizenship, Consumption, and Material Politics in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s.” Paper presented at the international conference “Contemporary Muslim Consumer Cultures – an Emerging Field of Study.” Institute for Islamic Studies, The Free University of Berlin, Germany.
March 2008
"The Not-So-Lonley Rider in the Non-Dusty Desert: 'Marlboro Country,' New Middle Class, and the Geography of Economic Liberalism in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey." Paper presented at the international workshop "Mapping Transnational Networks: Local Logics and Global Process." The Ninth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence, Italy.
March 2007
"On Material Culture and Life Close to Subsistance: Poverty and Smoking in Egypt, 1890-1956." The thirty first meeting of the Israeli Historical Society, Tel Aviv University, Israel (in Hebrew).
March 2007
"Accommodating Modest Demand: Inconspicuous Consumption and Business Integration in the Egyptian Tobacco Market, 1890-1956." Paper presented at the international workshop "Between Society and the Market: Novel Approaches to the Business History of the Middle East." The Eighth Mediterranean Research Meeting, Florence, Italy.
November 2006
"Advertising in the Middle East: a Historical Perspective." Panel discussant at the annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Boston, USA.
June 2006
"Buyers, Sellers and Social Change in the Middle East." "Approaches to the Study of the Modern Arab Middle East," Lectures in Honour of Professor Israel Gershoni, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (in Hebrew).
June 2006
"The Re-emergence of Consumer Society in Egypt: The infitah, the Oil-Boom, and Social Change as Reflected in Egyptian Advertising." Second World Conference for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES 2), Amman, Jordan.
May 2006
"From effendi to infitahi? Consumerism and Its Discontent in the Emergence of Egyptian Market Society." Paper presented at the international workshop: Narrating the Nile: Cultures, Identities, Memories," Tel-Aviv University and the Open University, Israel.
May 2006
"Smoking, Economy and Culture in Egypt: On Economic History after the Cultural Turn." "Tuesday Afternoon" lecture series, School of History, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (in Hebrew).
January 2006
"Political-Economy and Culture in Egyptian Advertising since 1974." Paper presented at the international workshop: Contemporary Capitalism: USA, Europe, and the Middle East in the Beginning of the 21st Century. Ben-Gurion University, Israel.
November 2005
"Infitah, Oil-Boom and the Re-Emergence of Advertising in Egypt since 1974." Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, USA.
June 2005
"Glocal as a Business Strategy: The Re-Emergence of Advertising in Egypt since 1974." Paper presented at the workshop The Middle Eastern Path to Development: A Conversation with Business History and Regional Studies. The Centre for International Business History, University of Reading, England.
September 2004
"An Israeli at the CMES or Why Did I Go to the States to Study the Middle East. " Invited presentation at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration, Cambridge MA, USA.
July 2004
"Foreign Direct Investment and Local Working Hands: British American Tobacco (BAT) in Egypt, 1927-1956." Annual meeting of the British Middle Eastern Studies Association (BRISMES), London, UK.
June 2004
"British American Tobacco (BAT) in Egypt: Local Perspective on Multinational Involvement, 1927-1956." Annual meeting of the Association of Business Historians, The University of Nottingham, UK.
March 2004
"The Smoking Manners and Customs of Modern Egyptians: Advertising, Consumption, and Identity Politics in Egypt, 1882-1952." Workshop paper, The Fifth Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
October 2003
"The Egyptian Economy: The Revolution, the Foreigners, and the Jews." Conference paper, "Egypt, 'the Older Sister': The Revolution and the Jews," The Open University, Tel-Aviv, Israel (in Hebrew).
March 2003
"Egyptian Cigarettes: Commodities, Consumption, and Advertising." Visiting Speaker Series, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.
September 2002
"Press Advertising in Egypt: Business Realities and Local Meaning, 1890-1939." Conference paper, History of Printing and Publishing in Languages and Countries of the Middle East, Mainz, Germany.
July 2001
"The Market as a Social Institution of Exchange in the Islamic Middle East before Integration into the World Economy." Annual meeting of the British Middle Eastern Studies Association (BRISMES), Edinburgh, Scotland.
June 2001
"Consuming Smoke: Men and Women in the Transition to Cigarette Consumption in Egypt before World War I." Conference paper, Gender and Consumption (international conference organized by the Historical Society of Israel), Tel-Aviv, Israel.
December 2000
"On the Way to the Market-On the Relations between Consumption, Production, and Marketing, and the Emergence of Modern Life in Egypt, 1860-1914." Guest lecture at the Baer Forum (the Israeli Oriental Society), Tel-Aviv University, Israel (in Hebrew).
November 2000 "Markets in the Study of the Modern Middle East." Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Orlando FL, USA.
November 1999
"Trading on the Image of Egypt: Egyptian Cigarette Advertisements before World War One." Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Washington DC, USA.
April 1999
"Producing Smoke: Production, Marketing, and Consumption of Cigarettes in Egypt: 1884-1914." Guest Lecture, Department of Middle Eastern and African History, Tel-Aviv University, Israel (in Hebrew).
January 1999
"From Handmade to Machine Produced: Cigarette Manufacturing in Egypt, 1884-1905. " Annual meeting of the Middle East Economic Association (MEEA), New-York NY, USA.
November 1998
"Away from the Home: The Transition of the Cigarette from 'Feminine' to 'Masculine' Smoke among the Egyptian Effendia Class, 1890-1939. " Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Chicago IL, USA.
November 1996
"The Infitah in Cinematographic Eyes: New Consumerism and Its Grievances as Represented in Egyptian Films of the Period." Annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), Providence RI, USA.


(b) Seminars at Universities
February 2012
“Politics of Mass Consumption in Egypt and Saudi Arabia during the Oil Boom.” Paper presented at the Near and Middle East Seminar, Departmet of History. Scool of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
January 2012
“Towards a ‘Glocal’ History of the Middle East.” Paper presented at the Global and Imperial History Seminar, Centre for Global History. University of Oxford.
January 2012
“Material Revolutions: The Socio-Politics of Mass Consumption in Egypt and Saudi Arabia since the First Oil Boom.” Paper presented at the Friday Seminar, St. Antony’s College. University of Oxford.
October 2009
“Consumers’ Monarchy: The Political-Economy of Mass Consumer Society in Saudi Arabia since the 1970s.” MA Departmental Seminar, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, Israel (in Hebrew).
July 2009.
“Branding Consumers: Marketing, Glocalization and New Middle Class in Egypt, 1973-1990.” Department Seminar, Guilford Glazer School of Business and Management, Ben-Gurion University (in Hebrew).
May 2009
“Branding Consumers: Marketing and New Middle Class in Egypt.” School of History Seminar, Ben-Gurion University (in Hebrew).
February 2009
“The Middle East between Two Eras of Globalization: A Comparative Perspective.” Jama‘a issue celebration, (in Hebrew).
July 2008
“’Marlboro Country’: Philip Morris and the Emergence of Local Consumer Societies in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.” Discussion Group on the Economic History of the Middle East. Ben-Gurion University (in Hebrew).
November 2005
"On Business and 'Glocalism': Advertising in Egypt during the Infitah." Department Seminar, Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University (in Hebrew).
March 2003
"Israeli Scholarship on the Middle East: Past, Present, Future." Post-Graduate Research Seminar, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, UK.
February 2003
"On the Inter-Relations between Consumers, Producers and the State: The Creation of a Cigarette Market in Egypt, 1850-1914." Nuffield College Graduate Workshop in Economic and Social History, Oxford University, UK.
February 2003
"Cigarettes in Egyptian Culture, 1920-1960." Arabic Texts (Faculty Seminar), Oriental Institute, Oxford University, UK.
December 1999
"The Egyptian Cigarette: A Study of the Interaction between Consumption, Production, and Marketing in Egypt, 1850-1956." MA Departmental Seminar, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University, Israel (in Hebrew).


Research Grants
2006-2010 Research Grant, ISF (Israeli Science Foundation). Amount: For three years, $20,000 each year. "Emergence of Consumer Societies in the Middle East: Transitions in Egypt and Saudi Arabia during the Oil Boom, 1974-1984."
2005 Research Grant, Keren Idud ABG (Ben-Gurion University Support Fund). Amount: $3,300. Research Project: "The Emergence of Consumer Societies in the Middle East: The Oil-Boom and Increase in Consumption in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, 1974-1984."
2004 Research Grant, Israel Foundation Trustees. Research Project: Same as above. Amount: $12,500.
2003 Research Grant, Committee on Research and Publication Grants, Ben-Gurion University. Research Project: Language editing of book manuscript. Amount: $700.
2002 Research Grant, Committee on Research and Publication Grants, Ben-Gurion University. Research Project: "Cigarette Smoking in Egyptian Culture, 1919-1956." Amount: $2,200.
2000 Research Grant, Committee on Research and Publication Grants, Ben-Gurion University. Research Project: "On the Way to the Market: Industry, Commerce, and Consumption in Egypt, 1863-1956." Amount: $2,200.



Note: last name Shechter is sometimes wrongly spelled Schechter