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Linda Herrera

Linda Herrera is a social anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. She works in the fields of comparative/international education, international development studies, and youth studies. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Middle East Studies, MA from the American University in Cairo in Anthropology and Sociology, and PhD from Teachers College, Columbia University in Comparative and International Education. Her research interests lay at the intersection of education and social transformation in the Middle East and North Africa, critical ethnography and critical pedagogy, and youth citizenship and politics in a digital era. More recently she has been turning her attention to youth politics and revolution in the Middle East.

Educational Background

  • 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,

Key Professional Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2011-present
  • Senior Lecturer of Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2005-2011

Activities & Honors

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

Research Statement

Linda Herrera is a social anthropologist with regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She works in the fields of global studies in education, critical youth studies and communications and new media. She has undertaken critical ethnographic studies of schools and virtual spaces. Since the Arab Uprisings of 2011, Herrera has turned her attention to changing modes of citizenship, educational alternatives, and power struggles of the digital age.

In The News

EPOL professor's book reveals power struggles during Egypt's 2011 'Facebook revolution'

Sep. 17, 2014

The 2011 revolution in Egypt, described at the time as a “Facebook revolution,” made Linda Herrera a firm believer in the power of social media. The Associate Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership was a past resident of Cairo who had studied the online culture of Egyptian youth and followed the events through their Facebook pages. For a moment in time, she was a “complete cyper-optimist,” and her interest led to a book called Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet, published in May. Read more...

From Illinois to Egypt: Professor Linda Herrera and others meet with Diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei

Jan. 22, 2013

Linda Herrera, professor the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, recently led a small delegation from the University of Illinois to Egypt to meet with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei and Egyptian youth. Read more...