Professor of Global Studies in Education & Middle East Studies
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Youth Studies


In 2005 the  "question of Muslim youth" was all the rage in  Europe and around the world. With the "War on Terror" in full force, Muslim youth were the objects of global attention. At the time, I was living in the Netherlands and working at the ISIM Review of the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (based in Leiden). It was during this period that I shifted my focus from understanding youth as students whose experiences were mediated through educational institutions, to studying youth as political and cultural agents in their own right. After editing a special issue of the ISIM Review on Youth, I took an academic position at the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam where I became convenor of the newly established Children and Youth Studies (CYS) MA specialization. From that time, I have focused more attention on  children and youth in development processes. I have written about youth in relation to  Islam, livelihoods, social media, revolution, migration and precarity. See also the section on Education Studies.

Youth, Edited by L. Herrera, 2005. In ISIM Review. Access the full issue here

Herrera, Linda. & Bayat, Asef. (Eds.) (2010). Being young and Muslim: New cultural politics in the global south and north. New York: Oxford University Press. Access the Introduction

Herrera, L. (2014) Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet. New York & London: Verso.2014, Verso Press

Herrera, L. (Ed.) with Sakr, R. (2014) Wired citizenship: youth learning and activism in the Middle East (Critical Youth Studies series). New York: Routledge.

Herrera, L. (2006). What’s new about youth? In Development and Change, (37) 6, 1425-1434.

Herrera, L. (2012). Youth and citizenship in the digital age: A view from Egypt. In Harvard Educational Review, 82 (3), 333-353.

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Gebremariam, Eyob B. & Herrera, L. (2016) On Silencing the Next Generation: Legacies of the 1974 Ethiopian Revolution on Youth Political Engagement. In Northeast African Studies: 141-166.

Herrera, Linda. (2006)  When Does Life Begin ? Youth Voices from Egypt.  DevIssues.  8 (2/December): 7-9.

Herrera, Linda. (2006) When Does Life Begin? Youth Voices from Egypt. DevIssues. 8 (2/December): 7-9.

Ramírez Ballivían, R. & Herrera, L. (2012). Schools of the streets: Hip-hop and youth pedagogy in Bolivia. In International Journal of Critical Pedagogy, 4(1), 172-184.

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Herrera L. & Mansour, Abdelrahman. (2015) Arab youth: Disruptive generation of the 21st century. In A. Ghazal & J. Hanssen, Eds. Handbook of contemporary Middle East and North African history. Oxford : Oxford University Press.

Herrera, L. (2017) Middle East Youth as 'the Precariat'? IN The Middle East in London. Vol. 13, no. 3, April to May: 7-8.

Herrera, L. (2017) The Precarity of Youth: Entrepreneurship is not the Solution. In Mada Masr, February 11.

Herrera, L. (2017) It's time to talk about youth in the Middle East as 'the Precariat'. In META (Middle East-Topics and Arguments). Volume 9: 35-44.