Biography

Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University) is a social anthropologist with regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research examines questions around education and critical democracy, the politics of education in modern Egypt, international development and youth policy, global youth movements, and pathways to citizenship and livelihoods in an age of social media, precarity and mass migrations.

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Key Professional Appointments

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

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

Research & Service

Linda Herrera (PhD Columbia University) is a social anthropologist with regional expertise in the Middle East and North Africa. Her research examines questions around education and critical democracy, the politics of education in modern Egypt, international development and youth policy, global youth movements, and pathways to citizenship and livelihoods in an age of social media, precarity and mass migrations.

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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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Presentations

Linda Herrera, expert on use of social media in the Mideast. In A Minute With (2012).

Power and politics in the age of social media. In New Middle East: Social and Political Change in the Twenty-First Century (2012). University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Power and counterpower in the age of social media (2012).: UIUC.

Power in the Digital Age In Scripps College Fellows Seminar (2012).: Scripps College.

Social Media Wars in Revolutionary Egypt. In Social Media/ Social Change:Â Negotiating access, control and unrest in the information age (2012).: Scripps College.

Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age: Learning from Egypt (2012). Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research.

Wired Generation: Openings and Challenges in Egypt. In Arab Revolutions and Scholarship (2012).: Brown University.

Workshop co-director of Youth and Citizenship in the Digital Age Mediterranean Programme, 13th Mediterranean Research Meeting (2012).: Florence.

Generation Rev In The Middle East from Below: Dynamics of Subversion (2011). the University of Marburg: Germany.

What’s New About Muslim Youth? (2011).

Paper presented at International Guest Lecture Week (2011). Educational Sciences: Bielefeld University.

Revolutionary future of social media, informal education and civic engagement. In The Egyptian Revolution: Comprehending the Present and an Attempt to Read the Future (2011). the Unit of Futuristic Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Egypt.

Youth and Citizenship in a Digital Age In Teaching the Middle East After the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions: Beyond Orientalism, Islamophobia, Neoliberalism (2011). George Mason University.

Digital Youth, Arab Revolution and the Challenge of Work (2011). Advanced Seminar of School for Advanced Research: New Mexico.

Egyptian Revolution and the Facebook Factor (2011). North African and the Implications Beyond organized by the Center for South Asia and Middle East Studies: UIUC.

Presenter, Roundtable on Arab Revolts (2011). Center for African Studies UIUC.

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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

Methods of Educational Inquiry Offers a graduate-level introduction to research in education, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods designs and approaches. Key concepts include: identifying a research problem, reviewing the literature, design and analysis, communicating evidence, and the ethics of research. Students should gain the ability to effectively evaluate and critique design/methods sections of research publications; plan and design research studies; and organize a presentation of research to an audience of peers. Course Information: Same as EPOL 550, EPSY 573, and SPED 550. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit.: identifying a research problem, reviewing the literature, design and analysis, communicating evidence, and the ethics of research. Students should gain the ability to effectively evaluate and critique design/methods sections of research publications; plan and design research studies; and organize a presentation of research to an audience of peers.

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.

Linda Herrera

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

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1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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