Kenneth Cuno

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor, History

Ken Cuno teaches the modern history of the Middle East at the University of Illinois. His research has been mainly in the social history of Egypt, 18th-20th centuries. His first book The Pasha's Peasants: Land, Society and Economy in Lower Egypt, 1740-1858 (Cambridge, 1992) received “honorable mention” in the Albert Hourani book prize competition of the Middle East Studies Association. Dr. Cuno’s current work is on the history of marriage and family formation in Egypt, 18th-20th centuries. His most recent publication is “Divorce and the Fate of the Family in Modern Egypt,” in "Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia," ed. Kathryn Yount and Hoda Rashad (Routledge, 2008).


Areas of Expertise

Middle East and Islamic History, especially modern; Social History, family, gender, law; Ottoman Empire; Nationalism and Islamic Movements; Arab-Israeli Society and Conflict


Countries Covered

Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Turkey, as well as the rest of the Middle East


Potential Lecture Topics

  • "Islamic Reform and Islamism" (fundamentalism and political Islam)
  • "U.S. Involvement in the Middle East / Iraq / Arab-Israel Conflict"
  • "Egypt" (almost anything except ancient Egypt)