Omar Foda

Visiting Assistant Professor


Contact Information

Mon - Wed 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Thurs: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Areas of Expertise

Middle East History; Egypt 1950-1970; Food History; Consumption Studies; History of Science.


Omar Foda is a historian of the modern Middle East. His work tells the stories of things that appear inconsequential, frivolous, or foreign to provide a unique view on the region. He is currently working on his monograph Stella Beer is Egypt: Alcohol, Identity and the Modern State. It argues that the history of Egypt’s beer, Stella, provides a new way to understand the radical changes that have happened to the country in the last century and a half. He received his PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania.


“Anna and Ahmad Building Modern Temperance in Egypt (1884–1940).” Social Sciences and Missions 28 (2015): 116–49.

“The Pyramid and the Crown: The Egyptian Beer Industry from 1897 to 1963.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, no. 1 (2014): 139–58.


 FALL 2019
HIST 117 Islamic History: From the Rise of Islam to the Rise of the Ottomans
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar
TSEM 102 Towson Seminar