Jamie Whidden, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History & Classics

Phone: (902) 585-1814
Email: jamie.whidden@acadiau.ca

Research Interests

I am presently engaged in research on Britons in Egypt, particularly the British as an important sector within the larger cosmopolitan society of Alexandria and Cairo. My research requires an investigation of a diaspora of peoples created partly by Empire, but also by a process of economic and cultural globalization connected with imperialism, both formal and informal.

I would like to apply the sort of research methods I have developed in this study to the different but related process that has created Middle Eastern diasporas in Canada. In particular I would like to look at Arab communities, Egyptian and Lebanese, in a comparative analysis with other immigrant communities, such as African Canadian and Jewish Canadian communities in Nova Scotia. We might be able to draw some conclusions as to the processes that have enabled these communities to thrive or to fail in the Nova Scotian and Canadian setting.

Selected Publications and On-going Projects

Chapters in Books

"Cosmopolitan Egypt," Oxford History of the British Empire, vol., Britons Overseas, eds., Robert Bickers and Roger Louis (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

"The Generation of 1919," eds., Arthur Goldschmidt, Amy Johnson, and Barak Salmoni, Re-Envisioning Egypt 1919-1952 (Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press)


“Cosmopolitanism and Nationalism in Egypt.” Canadian Review Studies of Nationalism, 32.1.2 (2005): 145-155.

"Jacques Berque," French Historians 1900-2000, ed., Philip Daileader, (Columbia, SC: Bruccoli Clark Layman Inc., 2005)

"Zaki Fahmi's Safwat al-'Asr: A description of Egypt's elite and an Islamic prescription for the political order," The Journal of North African Studies, 2/2, Autumn, 1997

Encyclopedia articles:

"North Africa: 1415-1815," in World and Its Peoples, vol. 9, North Africa, editorial assistant, Clive Carpenter (London: Brown Reference Group)

Egypt: Mubarak and Egypt in the 1980s and 1990s: Politics, opposition, and foreign policy

Egypt: Mubarak and Egypt in the 1980s and 1990s: Agriculture, industry, urbanization, and demography


Multiculturalism and Immigration in Canada: An Introductory Reader. Canadian Ethnic Studies 39.1.2 (2007): 229-231.