Biography

Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University) is a social/political anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She works in the fields of global studies in education, international development, and youth studies. Her research examines questions around education and critical democracy, youth and citizenship in an era of instability and mass migrations, and the politics of culture in the digital age. She curates the work-in-progress website for global democracy education, Democracy Dialogue, www.democracydialog.com.

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Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2011 - 2015

Senior Lecturer of Development Studies International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2005 - 2011

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Education

Ph.D., Comparative and International Education, Columbia University

M.A., Anthropology and Sociology, American University in Cairo

B.A., Middle East Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Professor Education Policy Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015 - present

Research & Service

Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University) is a social/political anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She works in the fields of global studies in education, international development, and youth studies. Her research examines questions around education and critical democracy, youth and citizenship in an era of instability and mass migrations, and the politics of culture in the digital age. She curates the work-in-progress website for global democracy education, Democracy Dialogue, www.democracydialog.com.

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Publications

Herrera, L., & Abdelrahman, M. (2015) Arab youth: Disruptive generation of the 21st century. Handbook of Contemporary Middle East and North African History Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York  link >

Herrera, L. (2014) Revolution in the age of social media: The Egyptian popular insurrection and the internet Verso: New York and London, USA  link >

Herrera, L., , ., & Herrera, L. (2014) Wired Citizenship: Youth Learning and Activism in the Middle East: Routledge: New York, USA  link >

Herrera, L. (2015) Citizenship under surveillance: Dealing with the digital age International Journal of Middle East Studies 47 (2), 354-356  link >

Herrera, L. (2012) Youth and Citizenship in the Digial Era: A view from Egypt Harvard Educational Review 82 (3), 333-352  link >

Herrera, L., & Bayat, A. (2010) Being young and Muslim: new cultural politics in the global south and north.. Oxford University Press: New York, NY  link >

Herrera, L., & Torres, C. (2006) Cultures of Arab schooling: critical ethnographies from Egypt.. State University of New York Press: New York, NY  link >

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Service

Co-editor of Jadaliyya's On Media and Reporting Page Jadaliyya, Arab Studies Institute, 2012 - 2013

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Courses

Social Media and Global Change Social media is a new frontier of politics, religion, commerce, courtship, and education. It has altered an array of social relations from statecraft to sex. The course draws on case studies from across the globe to explore the wide-ranging transformation taking place, from how people organize mass uprisings, to ways the mange the most intimate details of their lives. Examples will be taken from the Middle East, East Asia, Africa, Latin America, the US and Europe. Course Information: Same as AFST 325, ASST 325, EURO 325, INFO 325, LAST 325, REES 325, and SAME 325.

Global Youth & Citizenship Discusses youth and citizenship in a global context. Covers the social construction of children and youth, the sociology of global generations, education and social media, and new youth movements in the digital age. Draws on a diversity of case studies from North America, the Middle East and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and Latin America.

Global Issues in Learning Investigates how culture has been taken up in theories that try to explain differences in educational outcomes between nations, within classrooms, and across schools. Through readings drawn from cultural psychology, but also including sociology, anthropology, and education, students will examine how globalization has shaped the discourse about the relationships between culture, learning, and academic achievement. Course Information: Same as EPSY 550. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Prerequisite: For majors only.

Study Abroad Exper & Issues Seminar in educational policy studies; sections offered in the following fields: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education. Course Information: May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.: (a) history of education; (b) philosophy of education; (c) comparative education; (d) social foundations of education; (e) philosophy of educational research; and (f) historical methods in education.

Child & Youth Dev in Glob Cont Seminar in educational psychology; topics relate to the areas of specialization represented by the various divisions within the department. Course Information: Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor required.

Linda Herrera

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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