MARIE DUBOC is assistant professor of sociology at the American University in Cairo. She recently completed a PhD in sociology at the School of Advanced Social Science Studies (EHESS, France) focusing on labour protests and workers strikes in Egypt from 2004 to 2010. During the academic year 2010-2011 she was an academic visitor at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (Besse Scholarship). Her recent publications include “Egyptian Leftist Intellectuals’ Activism from the Margins: Overcoming the Mobilization/Demobilization Dichotomy” in J. Beinin and F. Vairel (eds.), Social Movements, Mobilization and Contestation in the Middle East and North Africa, and “La contestation sociale en Egypte depuis 2004: entre précarité et mobilisation locale”, published in Revue Tiers-Monde in 2011.