Linda Herrera, a social anthropologist with regional expertise in North Africa and West Asia (NAWA) with a focus on Egypt, is a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the Global Studies in Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research deals broadly with education, citizenship, global policy, technology, and geopolitics.
Herrera grew up in San Francisco, received a BA in Middle East Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, and lived for 17 years in Egypt. She completed a MA in Anthropology/Sociology at the American University in Cairo and a PhD from Columbia University in International and Comparative Education. In addition to her university work, she has served as project director, consultant, and advisor to international and national organizations involved in the NAWA region. She moved to the Netherlands and taught international development studies at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, where she served as convenor of the Children and Youth Studies (CYS) master’s specialization . In 2011, she relocated to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s College of Education. She teaches courses at the post-graduate level in on-campus and online programs, and is affiliated with the Center for Global Studies, the European Union Center, and Center for South Asia and Middle East Studies.
Herrera’s research combines policy analysis with qualitative methods, notably critical ethnography and biographical research, to understand changing cultures, politics, and technologies of learning. In the aftermath of the 2011 Arab uprisings, she became concerned with questions around citizenship in the age of social media, youth and precarity, and educational transformation in times of momentous technological and global change. She is currently under contract for two books, Global Middle East (with A. Bayat) and Educating Egypt.
MAIN ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership.
Professor (2015-present); Associate Professor (2011- 2015); Director, Global Studies in Education program; Affiliate, Center for South Asia and Middle East Studies, Center for Global Studies, Center for African Studies, European Union Center.
International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2005-2010)
Senior Lecturer, International Development Studies; Convenor, Children and Youth Studies MA Specialization (CYS).
PhD Columbia University in Comparative and International Education
MA The American University in Cairo in Anthropology/Sociology
BA University of California at Berkeley in Middle East Studies
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2019- Consultant on educational research, Ministry of Education and Technical Education, Egypt.
2018-2021 Member Advisory Board, “Skills and Integration of Migrants, Refugees and Asylum Applicants in European Labour Markets.” Funded by European Commission, Horizon 2020-Research and Innovation Framework Program. Coordinated by Glasgow Caledonian University.
2013-2017 Member Advisory Board, “Power2Youth.” Funded by the European Commission, CORDIS, coordinated by Istituto Affari Internazionali, University of Rome.
2010-Present Consulting Editor, International Review of Education
2011-2013 Co-editor, Jadaliyya, On Media and Reporting Page
2009 Consultant, UNICEF Cairo- Assisted in developing a Tempus proposal for a post-graduate diploma on Public Policy and Child Rights
2008-2010 Member, International Board of Editors, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies (MJES)
2008-2010 Member, International Board of Editors, Malta Review of Educational Research
2008-2009 Member of Academic Committee Research programme, “Enhancement of Knowledge and Dialogue with the Islamic/Arab World” of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), Commissioned by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
2007 Advisory role: Save the Children UK, UNICEF and UNESCO initiative to promote qualitative research for educational reform in the Arab states.
2006 Member of the Advisory board of the International Dialogues Foundation– Youth and Metropolis conference, The Hague.
2004-2005 Visiting Research Fellow, Leiden University, Department of Languages and Cultures of the Middle East
2003 Member, International Academic Scientific Board of the Mid-Term Conference of the Research Committee, Sociology of Education, International Sociological Association.
2002-2003 . Education Program Coordinator, Population Council, West Asia and North Africa Office, Cairo; Coordinated the Culture and Education in Egypt Working Group, a project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
2001-2003 Member of Board of Editors, Mediterranean Journal of Educational Studies
2002 Research Fellow, School of Education, University of California at Berkeley
2001-2003 Research Fellow, Gender and Women’s Studies, American University in Cairo
2000-2001 Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Centre for Middle East Studies, University of Oxford
1994-1997 Program Coordinator, Ford Foundation, Middle East and North Africa Office in Cairo. Coordinated the Middle East Research Competition (MERC), a trilingual (Arabic, English and French) Middle East regional social science research, training and capacity building program. Organized training and research workshops and seminar series and networked and coordinated activities with regional social science organizations including NGOs, universities, and government research centers.