Leila Hudson

Associate Professor, Modern Middle East Culture and Political Economy

Leila Hudson, Ph.D., an anthropologist and historian, is an Associate Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at UA.  Her research interests focus on Syria, Iraq, late Ottoman Arab provinces, conflict dynamics, political history and economy, gender, refugees, extremism, media, Islam, and migration.  She is currently working on two projects:

  • Evolution and Revolution:  Middle Eastern Meida in the 21st Century
  • Cultural Capitalism:  the Dynamics of Change in the Middle East.

Selected Publications


Hudson, L. (2014). Media Evolution on the Eve of the Arab Spring. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Hudson, L. (2010). Middle Eastern Humanities: An Introduction to Cultures of the Middle East. Kendall Hunt.

Hudson, L.  (2009). Middle East Humanities Textbook. Kendall Hunt.

Hudson, L. -. (2008). Transforming Damascus: Space and Modernity in an Islamic City. IB Tauris.


Hudson, L. (2017). The Refugee's Passage: Liminality, Gendered Habits, and the Emergence of Difference in Flight. In Women and Borders: Refugees, Migrants and Communities. IB Tauris.

Hudson, L. (2017). “Dynamics of the Syrian Migration”. In Pursuing Stability and a Shared Development in Euro-Mediterranean Migrations edited by Emanuela del Re and Ricardo Laremont. Rome: Arane.


Hudson, L. (2015). ‘Liquidating Syria, Fracking Europe’. Middle East Policy, 22(4), 22–39.

Hudson, L. (2014). “Kiss the Jackboot,”. Al-Jazeera America.

Hudson, L. (2013). “Order, Freedom, and Chaos: Sovereignties in Syria,”. Middle East Policy, 20(no. 2).

Hudson, L. Owens, C., & Callen, D. (2012). Drone Warfare in Yemen: Fostering Emirates Through Counterterrorism. Middle East Policy 18.3

Hudson, L., Owens, C., & Flannes, M. (2011). Drone Warfare: Blowback from The US Way of war. Middle East Policy (Blackwell).

Hudson, L. (2006). Late Ottoman Damascus: Investments in Public Space and the Emergence of Popular Sovereignty. Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies 15(2).

Hudson, L. (2006). Investing by Women or Investing in Women?: Money, Merchandise and Marriage in Late Ottoman Damascus. Comparative Studies in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, 23(1)..

Hudson, L. (2005) The New Ivory Towers: Strategic Studies, Think Tanks and Counterrealism, Middle East Policy 12(4):  188-132