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Claire Panetta

Term Assistant Professor of Urban Studies


Urban Studies


718 Milstein Center
Mondays: 1:30-4:00 PM (Spring 2024)


Professor Claire Panetta is an urban anthropologist who studies the contemporary Middle East. Her research explores the political dimensions of urban development and architectural heritage in Cairo, Egypt. Her work has been published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, City & Society, the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication, the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies, and the Routledge Handbook of Urban Design Research Methods. She is co-editor of Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (Terreform, 2016), a collection of essays that queried the sociospatial dimensions of the Arab uprisings. She is currently working on a book that analyzes urban transformations in Cairo after the January 25th Revolution of 2011. She completed her PhD in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and she holds an MA in anthropology from Columbia University and a BA in anthropology from Haverford College. She is a board member of the Critical Urban Anthropology Association, a section of the American Anthropological Association. At Barnard, Professor Panetta teaches Introduction to Urban Studies, Senior Seminar, Urban Ethnography of the Middle East, and Heritage and the City. She was the 2023 recipient of Barnard’s Emily Gregory Award for excellence in teaching.   



Sharp, Deen, and Claire Panetta, eds. 2016. Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings. New York: Terreform.

Ahmed, Yasmine, and Claire Panetta. 2023. “Rejecting the Ottomans, Revisiting the Mamluks: Historical Drama and Identity in Post-2013 Egypt.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 16 (2): 173-191. 

Panetta, Claire. 2020. “‘Digging in the Water?’ The Cairo Heritage School and the Struggle to Democratize Heritage in Post-Revolution Egypt.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 26 (12): 1221-1239.

Panetta, Claire. 2019. “An ‘Alternative Framework for Development:’ State-Citizen Relations, Urban Revitalization, and Downtown Cairo’s Passageways.” International Journal of Heritage Studies 25 (9): 926-942. 

Panetta, Claire, and Suzanne Scheld. 2023. “An Anthropological Way of Working with Urban Design: Examples from Africa.” In The Routledge Handbook of Urban Design Research Methods, edited by Hesam Kamalipour, Patricia Aelbrecht, and Nastaran Peimani. London: Routledge. 

Panetta Claire, 2019. “Cairo.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies edited by Anthony Orum. Cary: Wiley Blackwell.