Bard Faculty

Omar Youssef Cheta

Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and Historical Studies

Primary Academic Program: Middle Eastern Studies

Academic Program Affiliation(s): Historical Studies


B.A., magna cum laude, American University in Cairo (AUC); A.M., University of Chicago; Ph.D., New York University (NYU). Specializes in the social history of the modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, with particular attention to the history of law and capitalism. Research fellowships from Social Science Research Council, Mellon Foundation, and NYU's Humanities Initiative. Recipient of the Malcolm H. Kerr Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences (2014). Founding member, Economic and Business History Research Center in Cairo; co-organizer, AUC Forum on the Economic and Business History of Egypt and the Middle East (2010). Publications include book reviews in New Middle Eastern Studies and Arab Studies Journal; book chapter in Approaches to Modern Egyptian Legal History; entries in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia and World History Encyclopedia. At Bard since 2013.


Phone: 845-758-6822 x6265
Location: Seymour
Office: 105