Joshua Stacher is a Professor of International Studies in the School of Multidisciplinary Social Studies and Humanities. Stacher’s scholarship has focused on politics, state violence, and protests in the Middle East and North Africa. His classes mainly examine state violence produced by settler colonialism, mobility restrictions, ethnocratic rule, and empire as well as social resistance to these oppressions.
Stacher's most recent book, Watermelon Democracy: Egypt's Turbulent Transition, was published in 2020. He is also the author of Adaptable Autocrats: Regime Power in Egypt & Syria (Stanford UP, 2012) as well as other peer-reviewed journal articles. He is a former editorial committee member of MERIP's Middle East Report. He is a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Consortium on Middle East Studies (NOCMES), which focuses on public scholarship in Northeast Ohio. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and won grants from The Social Science Research Council, The Project on Middle East Political Science, The British Council, and The Palestinian American Research Center.
Stacher uses contemplative and embodied pedagogical approaches within a trauma-sensative teaching framework to learn with his students. In 2022, he was a Teaching Scholar at Kent State's Center for Teaching and Learning. In 2023, he was one of ten finalists for the Alumni Association's prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award.
Stacher is a registered Yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance (RTY 200).