Teaching Fellows

Mennatallah Khalil

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Mennatallah Khalil

Area of Study

Department of Anthropology

Mennatallah Khalil

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Dr. Mennatallah Hassan Khalil is an anthropologist working on global militarization, the underlying assumption of military power as a precursor to modernization, and the logics of militarism in our world today. A scholar of the MENA region, she studies the intersection of seemingly secular and rational institutions of power with sacred traditions and practices in contemporary Egypt, attending to military authority’s relationship to the state, family, and civil society. Menna received her PhD from University of Chicago where she taught courses in the College, Anthropology, and Divinity School. She is currently appointed in the Self Core and Anthropology Department’s tracks on Neoliberalism, Historical Imagination, Postcoloniality, and Politics. Combining analytic and comparative methods, Menna teaches students to apply canonical texts while learning about past processes and problems of modernization, racialization, and colonization as fundamental to our everyday lives, intellectual histories, and present-day debates. Her current book analyzes militarization in Egypt since World War II through the rise of national security infrastructures, and its impact on civilian lives and political imaginations. Menna's new project focuses on the War on Terror’s transformation of local-global military relations and its reorientation of Egyptian personnel’s work ethic, sense of personhood, and individual worldview of military authority.

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