Andrew Simon is a social historian of the modern Middle East, with a particular interest in media technologies, popular culture, and sound. He holds a B.A. in Arabic, Middle East, and Islamic Studies from Duke University and was a fellow at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) in Egypt during the 2011 Revolution. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is currently serving as a lecturer at Dartmouth. Andrew's interdisciplinary research has received generous support from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE), and his work has been published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies and cited in the Washington Post. Andrew's first book, Media of the Masses: Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2022), explores what the vibrant biography of one technology may teach us about a society's dynamic past. This year (2021-2022), Andrew will be offering a series of courses that rely on a wide array of primary sources to inspire lively discussions, including: "Soundscapes of the Middle East" (Summer 2021), "Violence and Conflict in the Middle East" (Fall 2021), "The Making of the Modern Middle East" (Fall 2021), a First-Year Seminar on "Steamships to Social Media: Technology in Middle East History" (Winter 2022), and "Gender and the Modern Middle East and North Africa" (Winter 2022). To date, Andrew has led multiple independent studies (MES 85), including "China and the Middle East," "Islam, Education, Renaissance," and "Disability in the Middle East," and has advised two award-winning senior honors theses. Going forward, he welcomes the opportunity to work closely with undergraduates on a topic of their choosing. Students interested in pursuing an independent study or senior honors thesis are encouraged to reach out. Andrew is a firm believer in student scholarship reaching a wider audience and has assisted students in publishing their original research on public platforms and in academic forums. Recently, one of his students won the Plotnick Prize for best research paper in Jewish Studies at Dartmouth. To learn more about one of Andrew's courses, "Soundscapes of the Middle East," check out this recent article in Dartmouth News.
Media of the Masses: Cassette Culture in Modern Egypt (Stanford University Press, 2022) Series: Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures
Simon, Andrew. "Censuring Sounds: Tapes, Taste, and the Creation of Egyptian Culture." International Journal of Middle East Studies 51, no. 2 (2019): 233-256.
Review of Nathaniel Greenberg's How Information Warfare Shaped the Arab Spring: The Politics of Narrative in Egypt and Tunisia. International Journal of Middle East Studies 52, no. 4 (2020): 789-791.
Review of Omar D. Foda's Egypt's Beer: Stella, Identity, and the Modern State. International Journal of Middle East Studies (forthcoming, 2021).
"Beyond Blueprints: Technology in Middle East History" + "Rewriting the Arab Left"
Washington, D.C., Annual Meeting for the Middle East Studies Association (MESA). 2020.
"Unconventional Archives: Towards a Historical Ethnography of Egypt's Soundscape."
Doha, Ideas Towards New Agendas Conference, Hamad Bin Khalifa University. 2020.
"Audiocassettes and the Internet: Mass Media, Modern Egypt, and Middle East Studies."
Austin, TX, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, UT Austin. 2020.