Reem Saad

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Professor of Anthropology

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Company name: 
The American University in Cairo (AUC)
Rm.1008, New Cairo Campus, AUC Avenue
Postal code: 
+2 02 2615 1317
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D.Phil., Social Anthropology, St. Antony's College, Oxford, 1994

MA, Sociology and Anthropology, The American University in Cairo

BA, Middle East Studies, The American University in Cairo


Social Anthropology






Work history: 

Research Associate Professor, Social Research Center, The American University in Cairo

Op-ed contributor to Shorouk newspaper

August 1993. Tutorial Instructor for Institute for Scholars in International Studies- Europe (ISISE), Oxford

Honorary office and memberships: 

Editorial Board member Cairo Papers in Social Science.

Contributing Editor for MERIP (The Middle East Research and Information Project)

Member of the International Advisory Board, Journal of Peasant Studies

Member of the International Advisory Committee of Ethnos (Journal of Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm). (1998-2002)

Contributing Editor for the Review of African Political Economy

Productions and works: 

Through the Social Research Center, she has taken part in many development projects as project coordinator and principle investigator, such as:

The Organisation of Work and Production in Qena and Aswan, Social and Economic Impacts of New Egyptian Land Reform Legislation on the Rural Economy, and the Rural Transformation in Upper Egypt.

Has directed and co-directed and participated in the making of a number of documentary films, including: “Four Women of Egypt”. National Film Board, Canada, 1997, and "Marriage Egyptian Style", Under the Sun series, BBC 2, 1992.

She is widely published. Her works include:

"Egyptian Workers in Paris- Economic Migration and the Male Burden under Transnationalism". Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Women, Gender & Research) 2-3/2007

"Transnational Experiences: Europe - Middle East";

"Al-Ta’aqlum wal Muqawma wal Fe’l: Al-Tanmit wal-Tamgid fi Deraset Al-Fallah Al-Misri. (Coping, Resistance and Agency: Stereotyping and glorification in the study of Egyptian peasants)" In Intaj al-Ma’rifa an al-Alam al-Arabi (Knowledge Production on the Arab World). Ed. Hoda Elsadda. Cairo: Supreme Council of Culture. 2009, and (co-editor) Cairo Papers In Social Science Special Issue: Cultural Dynamics in Contemporary Egypt. (Editors). Vol. 27. Nos 1&2. 2006 .



Ioma-Evans Pritchard Junior Research Fellow, St. Anne's College, University of Oxford, 1993-1995.

Dean's Academic Honor Roll: 1981, 1982, 1983. American University in Cairo.

1988-1989 Overseas Research Award, Universities and Colleges in the UK

1988 Peter Lienhardt Memorial Award, University of Oxford.

Honorable Mention winner in the 1993 Golden Gate Awards Competition for "Marriage Egyptian Style", Under the Sun series, San Francisco International Film Festival.

Best Long Documentary Prize and Public’s Prize for "Four Women of Egypt", Portugal Film Festival 1997.