Sara Khorshid

- Lecturer

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Lecturer, Department of History, Western University
Office: Lawson Hall 2245
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm or by appointment

Research Interests

Decolonization and postcolonialism in the 20th century; the cultural history of the Cold War; modern Middle Eastern history; modern Egyptian history; popular culture and history; 20th-century American history; transnational history; Arab-Western encounters

Sara Khorshid has also studied Canadian history and Canadian gender history extensively.

Professional Experience 

Sara Khorshid is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Western University where she is writing her PhD dissertation on the image of the foreign other in Egyptian popular culture during the Cold War period. Prior to coming to Western University, where she also completed her master's degree, Khorshid worked as a Cairo-based journalist and columnist for 15 years. Her articles appeared in The New York TimesForeign Policy, HuffPost, and numerous other outlets. Her journalistic career included Egypt and the Arab region, as well as Arab-American and Arab-European relations during the build-up to and amid the 2010-2011 Arab uprisings, which came to be known as the Arab Spring.

Select Publications


“Egypt: how the revolution has impacted the debate over minority rights and multiculturalism.” In Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa: Aftermath of the Arab Spring, edited by Moha Ennaji, 223-245. New York: Routledge, 2014.


"What Trump’s Loss Means for Authoritarian Leaders," Foreign Policy 

"The World Is Watching America’s Reaction to the George Floyd Protests," Foreign Policy

"Egypt’s New Police State," The New York Times


The Open Door Film and Women in Post-1952 Egypt: State Feminism, Postcolonialism, and Women’s Voices,” paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Oct. 2020.