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Linda Herrera is a social anthropologist with regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with longstanding interests in  education and power, youth and citizenship, and international development and critical democracy.  In the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, she became concerned with questions about  youth precarity and livelihoods, the social effects of digital transformation, and  education reform in a changing global order. 

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Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University, MA American University in Cairo, BA University of California at Berkeley) is a social anthropologist with regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prior to joining the Global Studies in Education program in the College of Education at UIUC in 2011, she was  Senior Lecturer at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam where she was convenor of the Children and Youth Studies specializaiton. Prior to that, she lived in Egypt for 17 years where she worked in educational research, international development, and social science capacity building. Her books include, Educating Egypt, Global Middle East, Revoultion in the Age of Social Media, Wired Citizenship, Being Young and Muslilm, and Cultures of Arab Schooling.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology/Sociology, MA, American University in Cairo

Comparative and International Education, PhD, Columbia University

Middle East Studies, BA, University of California, Berkeley


  • L Education
  • Middle East
  • media and society
  • digital education futures
  • youth and citizenship
  • critical democracy
  • international development
  • GN Anthropology
  • LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)


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