Nefertiti Takla

Assistant Professor, History

I am an assistant professor of modern Middle Eastern history and coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program at Manhattan College. I work on the social and cultural history of modern Egypt in the first half of the twentieth century. My current book project uses the legal records and public discourse about a well-known serial murder case in 1920 - 21 to analyze the way in which World War I transformed the relationship of Alexandria to the global economy and the effects of this transformation on both the local population and the Egyptian nationalist movement.


  • PHD, University of California
  • MA, University of California
  • BA, University of California

Courses Taught

Hist 321: Gender and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East

Hist 306: The History of the Modern Middle East

Hist 300: Historical Methods

Hist 150: The West and the World: Revolutions

Hist 218: World History Since 1600

  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    “Murderous Economies: Sex Trafficking and Political Economic Change in Alexandria, Egypt, 1914 - 1921,” in Egypte/Monde arabe 17:3 (February 2018): 23 – 48.


    "Introduction to Prostitution in Alexandria," in Jean-Michel Chaumont, Magaly Rodriguez Garcia and Paul Servais, eds., Trafficking in Women 1924-1926 - The Paul McKinsie Reports for the League of Nations, "History of the United Nations System" series (New York, United Nations Publications Office, 2017), 7 - 12.


    Murder in Alexandria: The Gender, Sexual and Class Politics of Criminality in Egypt, 1914 – 1921,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of California, Los Angeles, August 2016.