Aaron Jakes

Aaron Jakes is assistant professor of history at Eugene Lang College and the New School for Social Research, where he teaches on the histories of the modern Middle East and South Asia, global environmental history, and the historical geography of capitalism. He has written widely on histories of capitalism in the British Empire, anti-colonial social movements, and the social ecologies of finance. His first book, Egypt’s Occupation: Colonial Economism and the Crises of Capitalism, was published by Stanford University Press in 2020. He is currently at work on two new projects. The first, tentatively entitled The Fanatical Radical and co-authored with Hussein Oman (University College Dublin), is a political biography of the itinerant educator, journalist, and political strategist ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Jawish. The second, Tilted Waters: The World the Suez Canal Made, follows the long history of the famed watery from its conception in the early 19th century right into the present in order to explore its multiple roles in the production of global inequalities.