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, development studies, and youth studies. She received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley in Middle East Studies (honors), 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 new media and the changing learning cultures of a global generation. She taught at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University of Rotterdam from 2005-2010 where she was convenor of the Children and Youth Studies MA specialization. In 2011 she joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Educational Policy Studies, as Associate Professor. Her publications include encyclopedia articles on the history of education in the Middle East and West Asia, articles “A Song for Humanistic Education: Pedagogy and Politics in the Middle East” (2008) and “Education and Empire: Democratic Reform in the Arab World?” (2008), and the co-edited volumes, Cultures of Arab Schooling: Critical Ethnographies from Egypt (with C.A. Torres, 2006), and Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North (with A. Bayat, 2010). pp. 292–308

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