Claire Panetta

Claire Panetta

Term Assistant Professor of Urban Studies


Urban Studies


718 Milstein Center
Mondays 1:30 - 4:00 PM and by appointment.


Professor Claire Panetta is an urban anthropologist who studies the contemporary Middle East.  Her research explores how urban development and architectural heritage are shaped by politics and political upheaval in Cairo, Egypt.  Her work has been published in the International Journal of Heritage Studies, City & Society, and the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Urban and Regional Studies.  She is co-editor of Beyond the Square: Urbanism and the Arab Uprisings (Terreform, 2016), which queried the sociospatial dimensions of the Arab uprisings, and co-author of a forthcoming article about Mamluk revivalism in the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.  She is currently working on a book that analyzes grassroots urbanism in Cairo after the January 25th Revolution of 2011.  At Barnard, Professor Panetta teaches Introduction to Urban Studies, Senior Seminar, and Urban Ethnography of/in the Middle East.  She completed her PhD in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, and she holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Haverford College.  She is a board member of the Critical Urban Anthropology Association, a section of the American Anthropological Association. 



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

Ahmed, Yasmine, and Claire Panetta. (Forthcoming.) “The Conqueror and the Hero: Revisiting the Mamluk Dynasty in Post-2011 Egypt.” Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication

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. (Forthcoming.) “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.