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Anderson, Lisa

Former President
American University in Cairo


President Lisa Anderson Bio Lisa Anderson was appointed president of The American University in Cairo in January 2011. A specialist on politics in the Middle East and North Africa, Anderson served as the University’s provost from 2008 to 2010. Prior to joining AUC, Anderson served as the James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations and dean of the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia. Anderson is the author of Pursuing Truth, Exercising Power: Social Science and Public Policy in the Twenty-first Century (Columbia University Press, 2003), The State and Social Transformation in Tunisia and Libya, 1830-1980 (Princeton University Press, 1986), editor of Transitions to Democracy (Columbia University Press, 1999) and coeditor of The Origins of Arab Nationalism (Columbia 1991). Past president of the Middle East Studies Association and past chair of the board of the Social Science Research Council, Anderson is also a former member of the Council of the American Political Science Association and served on the board of the Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs. She is member emerita of the board of Human Rights Watch, where she served as co-chair of Human Rights Watch/Middle East and member of the International Advisory Council of the World Congress for Middle East Studies. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. She received honorary doctorates from Monmouth University (2002) and the American University in Paris (2015).

DISCIPLINE
Political Science
SUB AREAS
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AREAS OF INTEREST
All Middle East   
Libya   
Maghreb   
SPECIALTIES
Comp Pol of ME & N Af   
Hist & Pol of Maghreb   
Pol Liberalization in Arab World   
LANGUAGES
Arabic (Intermediate)   
French (Intermediate)   
Italian (Elementary)   
Spanish (Intermediate)   
EDUCATION
PhD1981Pol SciColumbia U
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Lisa Anderson






American University in Cairo
landerson@aucegypt.edu