Eric Trager


Research Areas:

Egypt, Arabic studies

Eric Trager is a Professional Staff Member for the Middle East and North Africa on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Formerly the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Dr. Trager’s work focused on Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. He was in Egypt during the 2011 anti-Mubarak revolts and returns frequently to conduct firsthand interviews with leaders in Egypt’s government, military, political parties, media, and civil society. He is the author of Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Lost in 891 Days (Georgetown University Press, 2016). His writings have also appeared in numerous publications, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalForeign Affairs, the Atlantic, and the New Republic.

Dr. Trager is an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where his doctoral research focused on Egyptian opposition parties. From 2006-2007, he lived in Egypt as an Islamic Civilizations Fulbright fellow, where he studied at the American University in Cairo and received his M.A. in Arabic studies with a concentration in Islamic studies. He served as a research assistant at The Washington Institute from 2005 to 2006 upon graduation from Harvard University with a degree in government and language citations in Arabic and Hebrew.