Alon Tam

Israeli Institute Fellow at the Katz Center Fellow

Alon Tam is a social and cultural historian of the Middle East and North Africa. His research interests include urban history; the social history of Jewish communities in that region; historical anthropology; gender, race and ethnicity in the Middle East; language politics; Arabic literature, theater, and film; Islamic art, visual culture, and architecture. Tam is currently an Israel Institute Visiting Faculty member.

Tam received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania with a dissertation titled “Cairo’s Coffeehouses in the Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Centuries: An Urban and Socio-Political History.” He is currently working on Jewish social identities in twentieth century Cairo, and has previously studied language politics among the Jewish community in Morocco, the construction of collective memory in Egypt, and Blackface in Egyptian theater. 

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