Bio

Short Bio:

Dr. Holmes is an Associate Professor at the American University in Cairo. Her book Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945 was published with Cambridge University Press. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Carnegie/Sada, Atlantic Council and elsewhere. She has given TV and radio interviews with NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

Full Bio:

Amy Austin Holmes is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. She began teaching there in 2008, after finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. She has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University, Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Germany. Her research focuses on the intersection of contentious politics and security issues, broadly defined.  Her book Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945 was published by Cambridge University Press; she also directed an accompanying documentary film. Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Arabian Studies, Social Movement Studies, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to name a few. She has given TV and radio interviews with NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.  She has testified in the House of Lords of the British parliament on the situation in Bahrain.

Project Summary

While at the Wilson Center, Dr. Holmes will be writing a series of articles on the emergence of Kurdish and Yezidi militias in northern Syria and the Sinjar mountain region of Iraq in response to the Islamic State. She will also be completing a book manuscript with the working title "From Revolution to Coup: Mass Risings and the Egyptian Military from Mubarak to Sisi." Finally, she is overseeing a research project on the crackdown on civil society in Egypt.

 

Major Publications

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Book

Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945, Cambridge University Press, 2014; paperback released in 2016

·         Featured in a Review Essay in Perspectives on Politics, Vol 15, No 1, March 2017

·         Reviewed in International Journal of Comparative Sociology, July 2016

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Working on the Revolution in Bahrain: From The Mass Strike to Everyday Forms of Medical ProvisionSocial Movement Studies, July 2015

A Region of Resistance: Mass Protests in Egypt and Turkey (editor), South Atlantic Quarterly, 113:2, Duke University Press, spring 2014

On Military Coups and Mad Utopias”, in: A Region of Resistance, South Atlantic Quarterly, 113:2, Duke University Press, spring 2014

The Base that replaced the British Empire: De-Democratization and the US Navy in Bahrain”, Journal of Arabian Studies June 2014

There are weeks when Decades happen: Structure and Strategy in the Egyptian RevolutionMobilization, 17(4), December 2012, p 391-410

 

Articles, Edited Volumes, and Book Chapters

Egypt’s Nubia: Drowning by Government Decree” Real Clear World, September 27, 2017

“Tightening the Noose on Egypt’s Civil Society” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sada Middle East Analysis, June 1, 2017

The Attack on Civil Society outside Cairo” Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sada Middle East Analysis, January 26, 2017

Sisi’s US Army War College Thesis: 10 Years Later”, op-ed in Mada Masr, March 15, 2016

Egypt’s Protests by the Numbers”, co-authored with Hussein Baoumi, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Sada Middle East Analysis, January 29, 2016

What are the Kurdish Women’s Units Fighting For?Washington Post, December 23, 2015

As Kobane comes under ISIL attack, Kurds encircle, cut off caliphate”, Informed Comment June 26, 2015

What the Battle for Kobane says about U.S. overseas military basesWashington Post, February 2, 2015

Why Egypt’s Military Orchestrated a MassacreWashington Post, August 22, 2014

In Egypt, Industrial Scale Death Decrees”, op-ed in Providence Journal, May 5, 2014

The Military Intervention that the World Forgot: Saudi and Emirati Forces continue to police Bahrain”, op-ed on Al Jazeera, March 27, 2014

Before the Bloodletting: A Tour of the Rabaa Sit-in”, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, August 16, 2013

Everywhere is Taksim: The Crackdown on the Commons”, Counterpunch, June 26, 2013

The Royals’ New Rules: Backsliding in Bahrain”, Cairo Review of Global Affairs, February 27, 2013; Re-posted on Jadaliyya in slightly revised form on March 5, 2013

Egyptians blame military for failures of transition period”, Ahram Online, June 28, 2012

Is US Support for the SCAF Unconditional?” Atlantic Council, November 25, 2011

The real force of stability in Egypt is its people, not its government” op-ed in the Baltimore Sun, February 8 2011 (written under a pen name)

 

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