Researchers

The following are the researchers who authored the papers and reports on this site:

  • Fida Adely is an Associate Professor at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University and the holder of the Clovis and Hala Salaam Chair in Arab Studies. Her research interests include education in the Arab world, women and development, gender and labor, and development in the Arab world more broadly. Selected publications include Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith & Progress (University of Chicago Press, 2012), “God Made Beautiful Things” in American Ethnologist (2012), “Educating Women for Development” in International Journal for Middle East Studies (2009), and “Is Music Haram?” in Teacher’s College Record (2007).
  • Yasmine Moataz Ahmed is a PhD student in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Her research interests focus on state-society relations and questions of citizenship in rural and urban Egypt. She is currently completing her dissertation, which investigates the extent to which political opportunities that emerged in the two years after the January 25 uprisings (2011–2013) have resulted in new forms of state practice and have transformed attitudes toward the state, political participation, and citizenship in rural Egypt.
  • Yazan al-Saadi is a native of the West Asian (Middle East) region. Currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, he is a senior writer for the online Lebanese news site, Al-Akhbar English, dealing with a number of subjects from pop culture to politics, sociological issues to economic theories. He also works as a freelance researcher and writer for other publications. He holds a BA (Honors) degree in economics and development studies from Queen’s University, Canada, and an MA in law, development, and globalization from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
  • Aref Alsoufi is Professor of mathematics at the Lebanese University. He is also the National Coordinator of the European Union Erasmus+ Programme in Lebanon. He obtained his PhD degree in pure mathematics from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom in 1983. Between 2000 and 2002, he participated in the reform program of pre-university curricula with the Educational Center for Research and Development in Lebanon. He worked with the European Union Tempus program between 2003 and 2014. He is an expert in Higher Education Reform and modernization processes, the Bologna Process, and the Lisbon Strategy. As such, he led a team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs) created within the Lebanese Ministry of Education and Higher Education in collaboration with the European Union.
  • Ragui Assaad is Professor of planning and public affairs at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Director of Graduate Studies for its Master of Development Practice program. He is a Research Fellow of the Economic Research Forum in Cairo, Egypt and serves as its thematic director for Labor and Human Resource Development. His current research is on labor markets in the Arab world, with a focus on youth and gender issues as they relate to education, transition from school to work, employment and unemployment, informality, responses to economic shocks, migration, and family formation.
  • Daniele Cantini graduated with a PhD in social and cultural anthropology from the University of Modena and Milan–Bicocca in 2006. He is the author of Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping Identity and Politics in Jordan (I.B. Tauris, 2016), an ethnographic analysis of the University of Jordan. Between 2007 and 2010 he was Associate Researcher at the Centre d’études et de documentation économique, juridique et sociale (Egypt) working on different projects on university education and its privatization, citizenship, youth, religious minorities, and migration. Since 2011, he has been Senior Research Fellow at the Research Cluster “Society and Culture in Motion” at the University of Halle (Germany). He is the lead researcher in a project on knowledge production in Egyptian public universities, and is editing a volume on private universities (under publishing contract with Brill). His articles have appeared in, among others, Anthropology of the Middle East, Revue des mondes musulmans et de la Méditerranée, La Ricerca Folklorica, and Cahiers d’études sur l’éducation et les savoirs.
  • Adnan El Amine is currently the president of the Lebanese Association for Educational Studies (LAES). He was among its founders in 1995 and served as its president for nine years. He also initiated the idea of founding the Arab Educational Information Network (Shamaa) and was one of its founders as an Arab NGO in 2010. Dr. El Amine graduated from the Lebanese University in 1971 and obtained his doctorate in Sociology of Education from the Sorbonne University-Paris in 1977. He obtained as well a “Doctorat d’État” in the humanities from the Sorbonne in 1991. He was full professor at the Lebanese University until 2008. Dr. El Amine is the author of 21 books and 38 papers and chapters published in Lebanese, Arab and international journals and books.
  • Asya El-Meehy is a Visiting Researcher Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Governance Officer at the United Nations–ESCWA. From 2011 to 2013, she was Assistant Professor at Arizona State, and has also taught at Wesleyan University and UC Berkeley. She received her graduate training in political science at the University of Toronto and McGill University.
  • Moushira Elgeziri is a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation. She works on higher education issues in the foundation’s Cairo office. Her grant-making focuses on advancing social justice in higher education institutions in the region. She has worked with the foundation as a consultant for more than two years before assuming the role of program officer in 2013. Previously, she managed the Middle East Research Awards Program (MEAwards) of the Population Council’s regional office in Cairo, serving most recently as deputy director. In addition, she has been a consultant to such organizations as the Woman and Memory Forum (Cairo), the Middle East Research Program (Tunis), and the Arab Council for Social Sciences (Beirut). She earned her BA and MA in political science from the American University in Cairo, and her PhD in development studies from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
  • Iman Farag is an independent researcher and a political sociologist. From 1989 to 2010 she worked at the Centre d’études et de documentation économique, juridique et sociale in Cairo. She holds a doctorate in political sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in France and she is a graduate in translation from the École superieure d’interprètes et de traducteurs, also in France. Her publications cover topics ranging from political mobilizations to historiography. She is particularly interested in the themes of education, higher education, and youth.
  • Ola Galal is currently a PhD candidate in cultural anthropology at the City University of New York. She obtained an MA in anthropology/sociology from the American University in Cairo for which she wrote a dissertation on youth, political subjectivity, and the Egyptian 2011 uprising. Previously she has worked as a journalist for Egyptian and international news outlets covering political and economic stories in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • Elizabeth Hanauer is the Associate Director of the Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a BA in French from Wellesley College, an MA in French from Middlebury College in France, and a PhD in International Education from New York University where her dissertation research focused on immigration, national identity, and history education in France. She has published articles and book chapters on global trends in the internationalization of higher education and on the teaching of controversial subjects at the secondary level.
  • Caroline Krafft received her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and is now a PhD candidate in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Her research examines issues in development economics, primarily labor, education, health, and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa. Current projects include work on early childhood development, labor market dynamics, life course transitions, human capital accumulation, and fertility.
  • Ray Langsten is a Research Associate Professor at the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo. For the past decade his research has focused on issues related to education, specifically measurement of educational attainment and equity in education. He has a PhD in sociology/demography from the University of Michigan and has been at the American University in Cairo since 1984.
  • Cynthia Miller-Idriss is Associate Professor of International Training and Education and of Sociology (by courtesy) at the American University in Washington, DC, where she has been on the faculty since 2013 following a decade on the faculty at New York University (NYU). She earned her BA from Cornell University, an MA in sociology, an MPP in public policy, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan. Her current research follows two main trajectories: the internationalization of higher education in the United States and education and far right-wing youth subcultures in Germany. She is currently the principal investigator for a Spencer Foundation-funded research project in two schools in Berlin, Germany, and was the lead evaluator on an assessment of Middle and Near Eastern Studies at NYU. She is the author of Blood and Culture: Youth, Right-Wing Extremism, and National Belonging in Contemporary Germany (Duke University Press, 2009). Forthcoming publications include a co-authored book (with Mitchell Stevens and Seteney Shami) on the global university (under contract with Princeton University Press) and a co-edited book on the cultural dimensions of right-wing extremism (with Fabian Virchow, under contract with Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften). She is the recipient of two international awards for her research (from the Goethe Institute in 2012 and from EXIT-Germany in 2013) and one teaching award (from NYU’s Steinhardt School undergraduate student government in 2013). In 2013–2014, she was a fellow at the International Kolleg Morphomata at the University of Cologne, Germany.
  • Aya Nassar is a Teaching Assistant in Cairo University. Her research explores space and politics. Other research interests include urban studies, public space, memory and nostalgia, politics and literature, and political theory (Arendt, Lefebvre, Foucault). Currently she is working on her PhD on the politics of space in Cairo.
  • Hanan Nazier is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University. She received her PhD in economics in November 2009 from Cairo University, under the direction of professor Ahmed Ghoniem. Her research interest is applied econometrics, more precisely, application on human development and labor economics in Egypt and the developing countries in general. She has published articles in different international peer-reviewed journals, including Middle Eastern Finance and Economics Journal, Advances in Management and Applied Economics, International Research Journal of Finance and Economics, and European Journal of Economics, Finance and Administrative Science.
  • Mohammad Bassam Sukariyah is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the Lebanese University in Beirut. He holds a PhD in educational psychology from Indiana University in the United States. He has presented and published papers on topics related to secondary and postsecondary education in Lebanon and the Middle East, and has worked as a lecturer at the American University of Beirut and at the Lebanese American University. He has also worked as a consultant with local schools and community groups. He has extensive experience in program quality assessment and evaluation. In 2006, he worked as an Academic Subject Review Specialist with the United Nations Development Programme/Regional Bureau for Arab States. He is a founding member of the Arab Association for Quality Assurance of Programs in Higher Education. He is currently an elected member of the Lebanese University Council and a member of the Central Committee for Quality, Planning, and Accreditation at the Lebanese University.