Reem Saad’s CV



 Name:                                    Reem Saad

Address:                    3 El-Sibak St. Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
50 Bis Rue Charles De Gaulle
Deuil La Barre, 95170, France

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March 1994: D.Phil. Social Anthropology, St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

Thesis Title:  “Peasants’ perceptions of recent Egyptian history”

1987  MA Department of Sociology- Anthropology, American University in Cairo                                     Thesis title: “Social history of an Agrarian Reform Community”.

1984  BA American University in Cairo (with Highest Honours).
Major: Middle East Studies. Minor: Sociology-Anthropology.

1979  G.C.E. O Level, British Council, Cairo.

School: Ramses College for Girls, Cairo, Egypt.


Arabic:   Mother tongue
English:  Fluent
French:   Reading knowledge


September 2010- Present. Director, Middle East Studies Center- American University in Cairo

September 2002- Present-  Research Associate Professor. Social Research Center.  American University in Cairo.

January 1996-August 2002 : Research Assistant Professor. Social Research Center. American University in Cairo

SRC Projects:

1. The Organisation of Work and Production in Qena and Aswan. (DANIDA and Ford Foundation)

Task: Qualitative Research Coordinator  (Anthropologist in one village in Aswan Governorate, and supervising field work in a village in Qena governorate.)

2. Social and Economic Impacts of New Egyptian Land Reform Legislation on the Rural Economy. (Ford Foundation)

Task: Co-Principal Investigator

3. Rural transformation in Upper Egypt: Formal and Informal Structures and Institutions. (DANIDA and Ford Foundation)

Task: Principal Investigator of project: Trade and Exchange in Upper Egypt.

4. Ethnographic exhibition on Upper Egyptian society and culture. Moesgaard Museum. Aarhus. Denmark (April 2003-April 2004)

5. “Rural Responses to Globalization in Egypt”.  Co-Principal Investigator and primary responsible for the project component entitled: “Transformations of marginality: the impact of globalisation on rural crafts and craftsmen in Upper Egypt”. The Ford Foundation

6. Mit Badr Halawa Workers in Paris: Pilot ethnography with video documentation.  Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation and Poverty, University of Sussex and FMRS-AUC. September 2004- March 2005 (Principal Investigator)

7.  Poor Women and Access to Agricultural Resources in MENA: Implications for Biodiversity. Principal Investigator. IDRC. April 2005- September 2006.

8. Emerging Democratic Practices in Rural Egypt. Principal Investigator.  Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute. January 2007-June 2008.

8. Poverty Dynamics and Access to Resources in Rural Mena: A gendered approach. Principal Investigator (2007-2010) Ford Foundation and Oxfam-Novib

9. Rural Environment, marginalisation and access to resources. (2010-2012). Ford Foundation

Other relevant work experience:

September-December 1995. Assistant director for documentary: “Four Women of Egypt”. National Film Board, Canada, released 1997. (Winner Best Long Documentary Prize and Public’s Prize, Portugal Film Festival 1997)

1993-1995. Ioma-Evans Pritchard Junior Research Fellow, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford.

August 1993. Tutorial Instructor for Institute for Scholars in International Studies- Europe (ISISE), Oxford.
Course: Women in the Middle East.

Dec. 1990-August 1991 Anthropologist for the documentary “Marriage Egyptian Style”, Under the Sun series, BBC 2, released 1992. (Honorable Mention winner in the 1993 Golden Gate Awards Competition, San Francisco International Film Festival).

Spring 1991 Part-time instructor, American University in Cairo. Course: Core-Curriculum Seminar (selected texts in humanities and social sciences).

1984-87  Graduate Assistant, Department of Sociology/ Anthropology, American University in Cairo.

Summer 1986 Desert Development Center, American University in Cairo: Two months field researcher in a study entitled: “Community and participation in the new lands: the Case of South Tahrir”.

Summer 1983: Shalakany Law Office, Cairo: Translation and secretarial work

1979-1989: Organizer and counsellor for summer camps in Alexandria, Egypt YWCA.
Experience with children, adolescents, university students and disabled children (mentally disabled and deaf-mute).


Nicholas Hopkins et al. “Participation and Community in the Egyptian New Lands: the Case of South Tahrir”

Cairo Papers in Social Science. Spring 1988. Vol.11, No. 1. (With seven others) (Monograph).

Reem Saad. “Social History of an Agrarian Reform Community” Cairo Papers in Social Science Winter 1988. Vol.11 No.4.(Monograph).

Sohair Morsy, Cynthia Nelson, Reem Saad and Hania Sholkamy. “Anthropology and the call for indigenization of social science in the Arab World” in The Study of the Contemporary Arab World. E.Sullivan and J. Ismael (ed.) University of Alberta Press, 1990.

Reem Saad. “Ma’ani al-Ruqi wal Hubut al-Fani fi Turkiya wa Misr“. (Meanings of artistic refinement and degeneration in Turkey and Egypt). Al-Qahira. No. 138. May 1994. (in Arabic).

Reem Saad. “Situer le village Egyptien: La recherche d’une unite representative” (Locating the Egyptian Village: Peasants’ voice and “the representative unit”). Egypte/Monde Arabe no. 25- 1er trimestre 1996.

Reem Saad. “Les deux passes des paysans de Nasser: Memoire politique et vie quotidienne dans un village d’Egypte”. (The Two Pasts of Nasser’s Peasants: Political memories and everyday life in an Egyptian village) Peuples Mediterraneens, no. 74-75. janvier-juin 1996.

Reem Saad. “’Ceci N’est Pas La Femme Egyptienne!’ L’Egypte entre representations occidentales et discours nationaliste”. Egypte/Monde arabe no. 30-31- 2e et 3e trimestres 1997.

Reem Saad. “Shame, Reputation and Egypt’s Lovers: A controversy over the nation’s image.” Visual Anthropology, vol 10, nos 2-4. 1998. {Also appeared in Catalan in: Nueva antropologia de las sociedades mediterraneas. Ed Maria-Angels Roque. Barcelona: Institut Catala de la Mediterrania. 2001.

Reem Saad. “Hegemony in the Periphery: Community and exclusion in an Upper Egyptian village.” In Directions of Change in Rural Egypt. Nicholas Hopkins and Kirsten Westergaard (eds) American University Press.1998.

Reem Saad. “The Nation in the Village: War and migration in narratives of Egyptian peasants”. In Cairo Papers in Social Science- Twenty Years of Development in Egypt (Part II). Volume 21, Monograph 4, Winter 1998.

Reem Saad. “State, Landlord, Parliament and Peasant: the story of the 1992 tenancy law in Egypt.” In, Agriculture in Egypt fromPharaonic to Modern Times, Proceedings of the British Academy, Vol. 96. Alan Bowman and Eugene Rogan (eds). Oxford University Press. pp. 387-404. 1999

Reem Saad. “Agriculture and Politics in Contemporary Egypt: the 1992 Tenancy Crisis”.  Cairo Papers in Social Science: Discourses in Contemporary Egypt- Political and Social Issues. Enid Hill (ed). Volume 22, Number 4. Winter 1999.

Reem Saad. “ War in the Social Memory of Egyptian Peasants”. In War, Institutions, and Social Change in the Middle East. Steven Heydemann (ed). University of California Press. 2000.

Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad. “Egypt”.  Countries and their Cultures. Volume 2. Melvin Ember and Carol R. Ember (Eds). NY: Macmillan Reference USA. 2001.

Reem Saad. Egyptian Politics and the Tenancy Law. In Counter-Revolution in Egypt’s Countryside: Land and Farmers in the Era of Economic Reform. Ray Bush (ed). London: Zed Books. 2002.

Reem Saad. “The two pasts of Nasser’s peasants: Political memories and everyday life in an Egyptian village”. In History and the Present Partha Chatterjee and Anjan Ghosh (eds) . New Delhi: Permanent Black Press. 2002.

Reem Saad. “The end of secure tenancy: the meaning of land loss for evicted tenants” (in Arabic). In:  Land and Peasant in Egypt.  Erian Nassif (ed). Arab Research Center. 2002. Pamphlet 12.

Reem Saad. “People, pollution and the government” (Review article in Arabic). Weghaat Nazar. January 2002. No. 36.

Reem Saad. “Crafts”. In Upper Egypt: Life along the Nile. Catalogue for Exhibition on Upper Egyptian society and culture. Moesgaard Museum. Aarhus. Denmark. Ed. Nicholas Hopkins.  2003.

Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad. “Introduction to Upper Egypt”. In Nicholas Hopkins (ed). Upper Egypt: Life Along the Nile.  Moesgaard Museum. Aarhus. Denmark. Ed. Nicholas Hopkins. 2003.

Reem Saad. “A Moral Order Reversed? Agricultural land changes hands, again.”. In Politics from above, politics from below : the Middle East in the age of economic reform / edited by Eberhard Kienle.
London : Saqi, 2003.

Reem Saad. (2003).  “Mud-brick or no mud-brick? Architectural preference in two Upper Egyptian communities. Jordens Folk. April. Volume 38. No.1.

Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad (eds). Upper Egypt: Identity and Change. American University in Cairo Press. 2004.

Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad. “The Region of Upper Egypt: Identity and Change”. In Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad (eds). Upper Egypt: Identity and Change. American University in Cairo Press. 2004.

Reem Saad. “Social Reproduction and Social Transformation: Trade and Exchange Relations in the Rural South”. In: Nicholas Hopkins and Reem Saad (eds). Upper Egypt: Identity and Change. American University in Cairo Press. 2004.

Reem Saad. “Transforming the meaning and value of traditional crafts in Egypt”. In Cairo Papers In Social Science Special Issue: Cultural Dynamics in Contemporary Egypt. Vol. 27. Nos 1&2.  2006.

Maha Abdelrahman, Iman Hamdy, Malak Rouchdy and Reem Saad. Cairo Papers In Social Science Special Issue: Cultural Dynamics in Contemporary Egypt. (Editors). Vol. 27. Nos 1&2.  2006 .

Reem Saad. “Egyptian Workers in Paris- Economic Migration and the Male Burden under Transnationalism”. Kvinder, Køn & Forskning (Women, Gender & Research)  2-3/2007 “Transnational Experiences: Europe – Middle East”.

Reem Saad. “Al-Ta’aqlum wal Muqawma wal Fe’l: Al-tanmit wal-tamgid fi Deraset Al-Fallah Al-Misri. (Coping, Resistance and Agency: Stereotyping and glorification in the study of Egyptian peasants)”. In Intaj al-Ma’rifa an al-Alam al-Arabi (Knowledge Production on the Arab World). Ed. Hoda Elsadda. Cairo: Supreme Council of Culture. 2009


Dean’s Academic Honor Roll: 1981, 1982, 1983. American University in Cairo.

1988 Peter Lienhardt Memorial Award, University of Oxford.

1988-1989 Overseas Research Award, Universities and Colleges in the UK

Positions in academic journals:

Editorial Board member Cairo Papers in Social Science.

Contributing Editor for the Review of African Political Economy

Contributing Editor for MERIP (The Middle East Research and Information Project)

Member of the International Advisory Board, Journal of Peasant Studies

Member of the International Advisory Committee of Ethnos (Journal of Anthropology, National Museum of Ethnography, Stockholm). (1998-2002)