Ellen McLarney

Ellen McLarney

Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

External address: 
2204 Erwin Road Room 226, Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90414, Durham, NC 27708-0414
(919) 668-3849

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Columbia University 2004

  • M.A., Columbia University 1998

  • B.A., Brown University 1992

Selected Grants

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

Fulbright Scholar Award awarded by Fulbright (2018)

David Paletz Innovative Course Enhancement Grant awarded by Duke University (2018)

Building Bridges: Muslims in America awarded by Duke Performances (2018)

Center for Faculty Development and Diversity awarded by Duke University (2017)

Arts and Sciences Research Grant awarded by Duke University (2014)

Islamic Media: Technologies of the Sacred awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013 to 2014)

Art of Democratic Revolution awarded by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2013 to 2014)

Hurford Family Fellow awarded by National Humanities Center (2011)

McLarney, E. A. Soft force: Women in Egypt's Islamic awakening. 2015, pp. 1–312.

McLarney, Ellen. “The Revival of Women’s Liberation.” Arabic Thought Against the Authoritarian Age: Towards an Intellectual History of the Present, edited by Jens Hanssen and Max Weiss, Cambridge University Press, 2018. Open Access Copy

McLarney, Ellen. “Women’s Rights and Equality: Egyptian Constitutional Law.” Women’s Movements in Post-Arab Spring North Africa, edited by Fatima Sadiqi, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Open Access Copy

McLarney, E. “Latifah al-Zayyat.” Dictionary of Literary Biography: 20th-Century Arabic Literature, edited by Majd al-Mallah, Thompson-Gale, 2008.

McLarney, E. “Women, Gender, and Love: Modern Discourses: Arab States.” Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, edited by Suad Joseph, vol. 3, Brill, 2005.

McLarney, E. “Beyoncé's soft power: Poetics and politics of an afro-diasporic aesthetics.” Camera Obscura, vol. 34, no. 2, Sept. 2019, pp. 1–39. Scopus, doi:10.1215/02705346-7584892. Full Text Open Access Copy

McLarney, Ellen. “James Baldwin and the Power of Black Muslim Language.” Social Text, vol. 37, no. 1, Duke University Press, Mar. 2019, pp. 51–84. Crossref, doi:10.1215/01642472-7286264. Full Text Open Access Copy

McLarney, E. “Cover art concept.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 15, no. 2, Jan. 2019, pp. 235–36. Scopus, doi:10.1215/15525864-7491143. Full Text

McLarney, E. “Cover art concept.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2019, p. 116. Scopus, doi:10.1215/15525864-7273857. Full Text

Bayoumi, S., et al. “From the new editorial team.” Journal of Middle East Women’S Studies, vol. 15, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 1–2. Scopus, doi:10.1215/15525864-7273664. Full Text

McLarney, E. “FREEDOM, JUSTICE, and the POWER of ADAB.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 48, no. 1, Jan. 2016, pp. 25–46. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0020743815001452. Full Text

McLarney, Ellen. “Review: Reconfiguring Islamic Tradition: Reform, Rationality, and Modernity by Samira Haj.” International Journal of Middle East Studies, vol. 44, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Feb. 2012, pp. 177–79. Manual, doi:10.1017/S0020743811001401. Full Text

McLarney, Ellen Anne. “American Freedom and Islamic Fascism: Ideology in the Hall of Mirrors.” Theory and Event, vol. 14, no. 3, Sept. 2011. Open Access Copy

McLarney, Ellen Anne. “The Islamic Public Sphere and the Discipline of Adab.” International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, 2011, pp. 429–49. Open Access Copy


McLarney, E. “Egypt on the Brink.” The State of Things, WUNC Radio, 21 Aug. 2013.

McLarney, Ellen Anne. “Islam in Vogue: Muslim Women in the Media.” “Imagining Ourselves.” International Museum of Women, 2007.