Kenneth M Cuno
Kenneth M. Cuno researches, teaches, and writes about the history of the modern Middle East. He received a Ph.D. in history at UCLA in 1985, and taught at the American University in Cairo before coming to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. He is the author of Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt (2015), which was awarded the Albert Hourani Book Prize by the Middle East Studies Association. Other recent books include Race and Slavery in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan, and the Ottoman Mediterranean: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans, co-edited with Terence Walz (2010); and Family, Gender, and Law in a Globalizing Middle East and South Asia, co-edited with Manisha Desai (2009). He also authored the chapter on nineteenth-century Egypt in The New Cambridge History of Islam, vol. 5 (2010).
- Social, economic, and legal history of the modern Middle East; family history.
- Ph.D. UCLA 1985
Distinctions / Awards
- Honorable Mention, Albert Hourani Book Prize, awarded by the Middle East Studies Association, for The Pasha's Peasants, 1993.
- Albert Hourani Book Prize awarded by the Middle East Studies Association, for Modernizing Marriage, 2015.
- “A Minute with Ken Cuno, Expert on the Middle East.”
- “Current Events in Egypt,” WILL AM, Focus 580 program, Feb. 10, 2011, with Asef Bayat.
- “Current Events in Egypt,” WILL AM, Focus 580 program, Feb. 23, 2011.
- Obama's Speech on the Middle East, WCIA TV, May 26, 2011
- “Next Steps in Egypt: A Minute with Ken Cuno, Expert on the Middle East,” May 30, 2012.
- "Current Events in Egypt," WILL AM, Focus 580 program, May 30, 2012.
- “Professor Ken Cuno discusses the recent protests and referendum vote in Egypt,” Illinois International Global Viewpoint, Dec. 17, 2012.
- Interview on the Syrian question, WLUW-FM, Chicago, Sept. 1, 2013
- New Texts Out Now: Kenneth M. Cuno, Modernizing Marriage: Family, Ideology, and Law in Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Egypt, May 2015